Judge stops Border Patrol from putting war vet in Texas
Apr15

Judge stops Border Patrol from putting war vet in Texas

By AP BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A war veteran seeking to avoid a U.S. Border Patrol assignment in Texas because of post-traumatic stress disorder has won a key ruling from a federal judge in Michigan. Anthony Gazvoda says the culture and environment in Laredo, Texas, reminds him of his time in Afghanistan while with the Army and triggers PTSD. The 31-year-old would like to be stationed at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in his native state....

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Court orders new trial for Customs and Border Protection officer convicted in Alton murder
Apr06

Court orders new trial for Customs and Border Protection officer convicted in Alton murder

By Associated Press Houston — A former Customs and Border Protection officer in South Texas has won an appeal that overturns his murder conviction and 25-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting of a bar owner. A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that 37-year-old ex-agent Jose Guadalupe Elizondo is entitled to a new trial because a part of the instructions to jurors at his 2011 trial in Edinburg was improper....

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Texans say Revitalize Not Militarize
Mar02

Texans say Revitalize Not Militarize

Just as the Rio Grande divides Texas from Mexico, voters in this state are divided over one of the most polarizing issues in this election year:  the fate of undocumented immigrants.A new Texas Tegna Poll indicates voters here are almost evenly divided over the hot-button question of what should happen to workers staying in this country illegally. When asked what should be done about the estimated 2 million undocumented immigrants...

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SPECIAL: Valley prepares for next wave of Central American children
Mar02

SPECIAL: Valley prepares for next wave of Central American children

By: Mark Wiggins The rust-brown fence topping the northern levee of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County is the dividing line between two worlds, which many are willing to risk their lives to cross. “So the stories are always going to be the same, right?” explained Omar Zamora, public affairs officer for the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector. “The pull factors, it’s going to be family reunification and...

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Fewer Agents Projected to Patrol Border
Mar02

Fewer Agents Projected to Patrol Border

WESLACO – The federal government will have fewer agents patrolling the border by next fiscal year. It’s under the proposed budget released by the Department of Homeland Security. The agency is budgeting for 300 fewer agents in 2017 than they did for this fiscal year. Since September, Border Patrol agents have been catching more unaccompanied children and families at the border. “One, we have people turning themselves in at...

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Texas immigration facilities also seeking licenses to house children
Feb29

Texas immigration facilities also seeking licenses to house children

By Anthony Orozco The Berks County Residential Center is not the only family detention center looking for licensing. The country’s only other family detention facilities, which are in Texas, are also working to get certification to hold children. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission recently announced that it will open a licensing pathway for the South Texas Family Residential Center and the Karnes County Residential...

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