New family detention center proposed in South Texas
Jun09

New family detention center proposed in South Texas

By Jason Buch A private prison and government outsourcing company is proposing a new family detention facility in Jim Wells County, but immigration officials haven’t said how that would impact the controversial centers in Karnes County and Dilley. Alan Hill, a spokesman for Serco Inc., said his company responded to a request for information from the federal government earlier this year and is in talks with the county government to...

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Ahead of a possible Trump wall, a look at one US border town
Jun01

Ahead of a possible Trump wall, a look at one US border town

In the McAllen, Texas, region, trade and jobs are thriving. By Heesun Wee Donald Trump wants to deport millions of immigrants and erect a wall, funded by Mexico, along the southern border. But people have been doing cross-border trade for decades along the Rio Grande River in the Southwest. And if there were such a wall, what would happen to local U.S. economies just north of Mexico? For some insight, the McAllen, Texas region is a...

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More Families Arriving at McAllen Shelter
May05

More Families Arriving at McAllen Shelter

MCALLEN – More families and children are crossing the border every day. The Sacred Heart Church in McAllen opened their doors to 60 people on Tuesday. Sister Norma Pimentel, director of Catholic Charities, said the last group of that size came long ago. The shelter is starting to feel an impact. “We are seeing a greater increase of families arriving to Sacred Heart. Yesterday was one of those days,” Pimentel said. Read the full story...

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Border Patrol releases statistics on fatal border crossings
Apr25

Border Patrol releases statistics on fatal border crossings

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) – More people are dying in their attempts to cross the border illegally reports the Laredo sector Border Patrol. It’s part of the statistics they released on Friday, which also shows one drug’s rise in apprehensions. Border Patrol is continuing to push the message of the dangers of border crossing through their border safety initiative. A 94-percent increase in deaths have been reported by the...

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4 Ways Border Patrol Union’s Trump Endorsement Is Filled With Lies and Misinformation
Apr20

4 Ways Border Patrol Union’s Trump Endorsement Is Filled With Lies and Misinformation

By Astrid Dominguez Last month, the National Border Patrol Council — the union representing 16,500 of the Border Patrol’s 21,000 agents — issued a full-throatedendorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump, who notched another primary victory last night in my fellow border state, New York. So I thought this was as good of a time as any to break down why several statements in NBPC’s endorsement exemplify the agency’s reputation as...

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Big Bend Becomes Congressional Battleground
Apr20

Big Bend Becomes Congressional Battleground

Pete Gallego’s going green in a bid to reclaim the purple district for Democrats. Last year, freshman U.S. Representative Will Hurd cosponsored a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to build close to 200 miles of road in the Big Bend region, giving Border Patrol agents unfettered authority to chop up large swaths of desert wilderness. So when Hurd posted a video last month espousing the virtues of Big Bend National...

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