Trump rips private border wall built in the Valley by his supporters

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that's showing signs...

More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned...

Deadline passes for ICE to release migrant children

A court denied over the weekend another request by attorneys for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to delay release of roughly 100 migrant children...

Trump administration waives environmental safeguards to fast-track border wall

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune The Trump administration announced Friday that it is waiving several regulations in order to fast-track construction of nearly 70 miles...

Bridge restrictions extended until July 21

The Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that the restrictions at the United States-Mexico border that have been in place...

Trump to celebrate border wall milestone in Arizona

By ASTRID GALVAN The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to mark 200 miles (322 kilometers) of wall along the southwest...

Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase at detention center

A COVID-19 outbreak is growing inside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, according to advocates and attorneys representing clients in quarantined dorms. Some...

Trump administration extends visa ban to non-immigrants

By DEB RIECHMANN and ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday that it was extending a ban on green cards...

County judge’s order denied

Attorney Myles Garza didn’t have much to report to Cameron County Court-at-Law No. 4 Judge Sheila Garcia Bence on Thursday afternoon regarding the guardianship...

Supreme Court declines to hear border wall challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that rejected environmental groups' challenge to sections of wall the Trump administration...

Overnight protest at bridge ends without incident

An overnight protest on the Gateway International Bridge ended early Tuesday morning without incident after Mexican authorities escorted a group of about 100 asylum...

COVID-19 cases at South Texas ICE detention center soared

By Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica It was a historic occasion for the South Texas town of Pearsall when officials broke ground in...

New York filmmaker shoots documentary in Brownsville on migration issues

On a sunny day in September, the Carlotta Petrina was transformed into the set for a documentary on migration issues as crew members unloaded...

Advocates warn of more immigrant deaths without ICE action

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — More people will die of the coronavirus in U.S. immigration custody unless the Trump administration rapidly improves...

Sustainability: Volunteers continue to aid asylum seekers

Dignity Village, a collective of Brownsville-based nonprofit organizations aiding asylum seekers on both sides of the river, began to form in response to the...

Homeland Security gets new role under Trump monument order

By BEN FOX and GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting...

Third detainee tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday confirmed that a third detainee inside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos has tested positive...

U.S. Government wants immediate access to Brownsville Diocese land in Mission

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, the federal government asked a McAllen judge to give it immediate possession of land in Hidalgo County owned by...

Vela seeks answers on COVID-19 cases at detention center

An outbreak of coronavirus cases at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos rose to 34 confirmed cases on Friday. Records indicate 31...

AP: Migrant kids held in Valley, US hotels, then expelled

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels, sometimes for weeks, before...

Pilot program to address human trafficking; Brownsville chosen to be part of project

An initiative led by United Way Worldwide and UPS will feature Brownsville as one of four cities across the United States in a pilot...

Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and SONIA PÉREZ D. Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The young migrants and asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande and clamber...

Trump’s Census memo could impact 115,000 ‘unauthorized’ immigrants in RGV 

When President Trump signed a memorandum excluding “illegal aliens” from the 2020 Census count on Tuesday, it potentially excluded an estimated 115,000 people from...

Lawsuit filed against Trump administration related to MPP

A lawsuit filed in Brownsville against the Trump administration this week alleges that Customs and Border Protection sent a woman and two children back...

Asylum-seekers in Matamoros migrant camp fear they’ll be forgotten

By Dianne Solis, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS - The small body of Rodrigo Castro was found on the bank of the Rio Grande, a...

CBP confirms firings, suspensions over Facebook posts

After a more than year-long investigation into derogatory social media posts from some of its personnel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials fired four, and suspended more than 35 officers as a result. "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) addresses misconduct that violates our Standards of Conduct and is contrary to our core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity,” the official statement from CBP confirming the firings and suspension states. “(Four) employees were removed from service, 38 employees were suspended without pay, and the remaining were disciplined with reprimands or counseling.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Trump administration waives federal regulations to expedite border construction in the Valley

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune The Trump administration said that it is waiving several environmental regulations in order to proceed with border-security projects in South Texas. The...

Asylum seekers await fate amid virus

Dark clouds rolled into Brownsville early Friday afternoon bringing lightning, thunder, and pouring rain to downtown and across the river where an estimated 2,500...

Attorneys fighting against pastor’s deportation; Fear asylum seeker will be attacked if sent home

Attorneys representing Steven, a severely diabetic Ugandan pastor detained in Los Fresnos, are fighting against a final order of deportation issued by Immigration and...

Judge blocks asylum screening by border protection agents

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees from conducting the initial...