Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

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Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro covers immigration and federal courts for The Monitor. He can be reached at lzazueta@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4452.

Immigrants receive care packages for Father’s Day

  McALLEN — Sitting next to his daughter here inside the downtown bus station, he looked over the items in a small care package he...

Edinburg woman sentenced for smuggling $71k

McALLEN — When U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed the woman’s shaking hands, they knew something wasn’t right. During an outbound inspection of a...

Border apprehensions now mostly composed of families, unaccompanied minors

Before the surge of unaccompanied minors in 2014, when U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 68,631 of them arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, the largest...

Edinburg woman sentenced in $71,000 cash smuggling case

McALLEN — When U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed the woman’s shaking hands, they knew something wasn’t right. During an outbound inspection of a...

Restoring dignity: 5 years later, respite center remains a haven for immigrants

Five years later Cries, prayers and pleadings: These are the memories Sister Norma Pimentel shared when asked to reflect on the five-year anniversary of Catholic...

Mexican nationals sentenced in pot smuggling case

McALLEN — Two men accused of attempting to sneak bundles of marijuana into the U.S. were sentenced during a hearing Tuesday, court records show. U.S. District...

Former state district judge to be tried in McAllen

McALLEN — A federal judge granted a motion to move a former state judge’s trial from Houston to McAllen after nearly a year of...

Edcouch man found with dummy grenades gets 2 years in prison

McALLEN — A previously convicted felon was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison on federal weapons violations, court records show. U.S. District...

Mexican man found with over 3,000 rounds of ammo sentenced

McALLEN — A man who attempted to smuggle into Mexico more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition and firearm barrels was handed a 28-month prison...

RGC man sentenced for role in harboring undocumented persons

McALLEN — A U.S. district judge sentenced a Rio Grande City man to three years in federal prison for his role in a human...