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Attorneys cross border in Brownsville to help asylum seekers

BROWNSVILLE — Local attorney Jodi Goodwin and a volunteer team of interpreters, attorneys and paralegals cross to Matamoros to help asylum seekers with their cases every week. With folding wagons full of blue binders that carry the paperwork for the individual cases, the legal team makes their way across the Gateway International Bridge and sits under the sun for hours, helping the never-ending line of people who live in tents at La Plaza. “I think it is necessary, any process that is to be fair and due and judicial, for people to be able to have access to legal counsel, and the MPP (Migrant Protection Protocol) program really destroys any possibility of access to legal counsel by making everyone wait in Mexico … Without access to legal counsel there is no way that people’s situation can be better,” Goodwin said. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Asylum seekers block bridges looking for answers

BROWNSVILLE — More than 200 migrants gathered Thursday to block the traffic at midpoint of both the Gateway and B&M International Bridges to demand...

Brownsville museum exhibits Maria Felix movie posters

The Historic Brownsville Museum opened the “Bonita Maria Felix in Cinema” exhibit in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. There are 20 framed and 10 unframed...

Attorney embarks on solo border journey

Austin attorney Mike Hull grabbed his backpack, water bottle, baseball cap and cellphone to start his solo walk at the Texas-Mexico border at 5 a.m. Thursday. Hull started the trip on Boca Chica Beach and hopes to arrive in El Paso by Thanksgiving. With the “Walk of Hope” he wants to see whether the border is safe or not. He said he wants to see the face of fear and listen to the stories of asylum seekers and people who live along the border. “I want to walk and listen, listen to the people along the border and see what they have to say,” Hull said. “People have been so nice (here), they have been welcoming and inviting, sharing experiences and very, very kind.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Jury returns Monday in fatal motorcycle-pedestrian crash

Jury deliberations will continue Monday in the punishment trial of Ronnie Huerta, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a manslaughter charge. The jury deliberated more than an hour on Friday before deciding to return Monday to continue deliberations. The trial is being heard before 138th state District Court Judge Arturo Cisneros Nelson. Huerta pleaded guilty May 13 to manslaughter in a pedestrian-motorcycle crash that caused the death of a well-known woman from Port Isabel. He faces a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000, according to the Texas Penal Code. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mariachi 7 Leguas marks 15th anniversary by stressing roots, family bonds

Not many local mariachis can say they have played with Cristian Castro, Pedro Fernandez and even legendary Paquita la del Barrio. Mariachi 7 Leguas...

Volunteers teach classes for asylum seekers in Matamoros

When Team Brownsville volunteers saw the need for interactive activities for children seeking asylum waiting at the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, they decided...