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.

Donna tent facility reopens to accommodate asylum-seekers; lawmakers seek to add port officers

DONNA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have unveiled the tent facility here that’s designed to accommodate asylum-seekers who, upon arriving at the...

Medical equipment company owner gets 78 months in federal prison

McALLEN — A federal judge sentenced a McAllen woman Tuesday to more than six years in prison for her role in a scheme to...

Ex-cop gets probation in conspiracy case

McALLEN — A veteran police officer who also worked as a DEA task force officer will serve six months probation after a federal judge...

Sentencing delayed in pilot smuggling case

McALLEN — The sentencing hearing for a U.S. citizen accused of using his private plane to try to transport undocumented immigrants will be delayed,...

‘Can’t go back’: Fleeing persecution, Cubans hope for asylum during grueling wait on international...

NUEVO PROGRESO, Mexico — Standing along the Progreso bridge, Octavio Garcia shakes his head, disillusioned with the country he left in pursuit of work...

Man who held up McAllen bank with BB gun gets 18 years in prison

McALLEN — A Nebraska man who held up a McAllen bank last April using a BB gun was sentenced to more than 18 years...

Driver in fatal smuggling crash sentenced to 8 years

McALLEN — A federal judge handed down a 96-month prison sentence for a man involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two...

Anonymous tip leads to Mexican woman’s arrest in smuggling case

McALLEN — A Mexican woman who was arrested as a result of an anonymous tip was denied bond Tuesday for her role in an...

Mexican man gets 6 years in cocaine smuggling case

McALLEN — A Mexican national who admitted to making nearly 20 drug smuggling trips into the U.S. was sentenced last week, court records show. U.S....

Still at historic low, RGV immigrant apprehensions surpass 2018 total

McALLEN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Monday that total apprehensions for the Rio Grande Valley sector in fiscal year 2019 have...