Storm causes erosion at Trump backers’ private border wall

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Weeks after it was criticized by President Donald Trump as “done to make me look bad,” a...

Monitor: Unaccompanied children should not be placed in hotels

A day before attorneys attempted to contact migrant children held by the government at a McAllen hotel, an independent monitor recommended against using such...

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...

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

Riverbank eroding at site of private border wall

Just months after a private developer constructed a 3-mile long stretch of steel bollard fencing along the Rio Grande south of Mission, opponents of...

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status...

Witnesses: Mexican immigration officials destroy migrant camps

In Matamoros, a dirt path along the Rio Grande once lined with tents occupied by asylum seekers was scattered with dirty clothing, toiletries, food,...

Donna man convicted of smuggling Chinese nationals

A Donna man has been convicted by a federal jury for an arrest dating back to 2018, when he was found transporting several Chinese nationals who did not have documentation to be in the United States, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Federico Espinosa-Flores, 49, was arrested at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita on Dec. 21, 2018. He was charged with knowingly and intentionally conspiring to unlawfully transport undocumented immigrants. The trial lasted two days.

McAllen applies for migrant aid reimbursement

This week, 71 immigrants seeking asylum in the United States arrived at the migrant relief center in downtown McAllen. It was a slow week. Earlier this year, and over the last five years, federal authorities dropped off hundreds of — and at times over a thousand — migrants in McAllen in a single day. Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, with contributions from the City of McAllen, has aided the migrants. This year was perhaps the busiest, during the winter when the authorities released mass groups of migrants into border cities. Read more at the monitor.com.