Something is terribly wrong when a U.S. senator can’t get into a facility that is filled with federal detainees, as happened June 3 when Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., arrived at the Southwest Key center on Texas Highway 48 in Brownsville.
Zero tolerance policies traditionally have proven to be of little benefit to anyone other than politicians seeking re-election on tough-oncrime platforms. Stories abound of people sentenced to unreasonable prison terms for minor infractions, and of honors students expelled from school for ca…
We join countless people both here and abroad, in mourning the loss and celebrating the work of Jimmy Gonzalez, founder and lead singer of Grupo Mazz.
History has shown us that true visionaries, like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, saw things the rest of us didn’t. And history is marked with episodes of their frustration as they tried to tell the public of their grand plans to no avail.
When Crystal Pacheco, a first grader at Monte Cristo Elementary School, in Edinburg, last year was asked to write a letter containing her Christmas wishes, she asked for a ball for her brothers, food for the family, and a blanket for her brother who had been hospitalized. She asked for nothi…
After our region was repeatedly named the “most obese” community in America several years in a row, our local leaders made a concerted effort to change that. And they recognized that it begins by changing the mindset of our children, so that they don’t grow up to be sedentary, fat and unheal…
A generation ago, if the sad shootings that happened at a Houston-area school last week that killed 10 had occurred, it would probably have dominated front page news for weeks. Unfortunately, as we all recognize, these crimes are becoming more commonplace in our society now.
We are encouraged by talks being held today between U.S. officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, with Mexican officials from their Ministry of Interior (SEGOB) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE,) because it appears that today’s talks are a continuation …
With so much division and distrust in Washington, D.C., regarding ways to fix U.S. immigration policy, actual action by lawmakers has been slim to none. But one local congressman, at least, continues to push legislation that appears to be making some difference and is actually getting passed.
Hidalgo County Commissioners on Tuesday held a prolonged discussion on what to do if the city of Edinburg reneges on its previous promises to help fund the new county courthouse.
The fourth arrest of anyone on charges of driving while intoxicated, a third-degree felony, is a serious issue. It’s one that threatens the safety of our community, because if proven guilty, that person has put every family on the road in danger by driving under the influence.
The death of McAllen cyclist Melissa Robles, who was struck by a motorist on Feb. 19 in south McAllen, just weeks before her 33rd birthday, undoubtedly will be on the minds of many tonight as our communities collectively gather and participate in various Ride of Silence events throughout the…
The second State of Texas Active Response to Zika Binational Conference (STARZ II) between health leaders from the United States and Mexico, which was held Wednesday in McAllen, highlighted the successful outreach and communication between both countries in fighting Zika.
So it appears to have come down to this. In an effort to appease the Trump administration’s base, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is apparently changing immigration law, on his own, and has announced “100 percent” criminal prosecution of anyone who crosses the U.S. border illegally.
If you were among the 1,728 voters who cast a ballot for the city of McAllen’s two bond elections last weekend totaling $25 million, give yourself a pat on the back. You were among just 2.5 percent of the city’s 68,118 registered voters who bothered to go to the polls.
We applaud the courage and determination that the counties of Hidalgo and Cameron have shown by joining a multi-state and cities federal lawsuit against the Commerce Department to block a citizenship question from being asked in the 2020 census.
Asking to use money from a county forfeiture fund to cover holiday catering costs for office parties is not a wise move. It’s even less advised when the person doing the asking is the county attorney.
Minutes before McAllen ISD Board Trustees voted Monday night to close Navarro Elementary and Lincoln Middle schools, former Board President and current Trustee Sam Saldivar Jr., looked into an audience of concerned parents and staff at the McAllen High School meeting and tried to explain why…
We welcome news that Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, former Matamoros mayor and Tamaulipas governor, has been extradited from Italy to Texas to face charges that have been pending since 2013. He arrived in Brownsville under guard Friday evening.
A joke was made during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on U.S. immigration courts held last week in Washington, D.C., that compared the Executive Office for Immigration Review (which oversees our federal immigration courts and is often referred to by its acronym EOIR,) to “Eeyore,” t…
Congratulations to Rio Grande Regional Hospital, which recently was named among the “100 Top Hospitals” for 2018 by IBM Watson Health.
Last Thursday’s visit by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Rio Grande Valley to view the Texas National Guard troops who were recently dispatched here, overshadowed another event that happened that same day in Edinburg and deserved equal attention.
High praise to Hidalgo County Commissioners who on Tuesday voted unanimously to hire a lawyer to represent the county as it plans to join a lawsuit with other states and municipalities in an effort to hopefully block the U.S. Census Bureau from asking a question of citizenship on the 2020 Census.
When Gov. Greg Abbott toured the National Guard Armory in Weslaco last week and met with hundreds of Texas National Guard troops deployed to the Rio Grande Valley, he made a point to tell the media afterward that “the morale of the troops is very high.”
Last Tuesday, Hidalgo County Commissioners rightly voted to approve a resolution condemning the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census and called on the Trump administration and Congress to remove any such question.
The State Board of Education today is expected to give final approval to a statewide Mexican-American studies curriculum, however they aren’t calling it that.
At the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus on Wednesday, AT&T and the Texas Department of Transportation paired up in a valiant effort to try to immerse students in a virtual reality experience to help them realize the dangers of distracted driving, which is out of co…
Finally. After years of studying ways to implement a standard step-and-grade pay system, Hidalgo County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that should give pay parity to most county employees.
The raising of daily meal allowances for out of town travel, which La Villa aldermen gave themselves last week, amounts to nearly five times more than the rate allowed to federal government employees in Texas. And it’s wrong.
Congratulations to state Rep. Oscar Longoria, D-Peñitas, who has been appointed by top state leadership to the powerful Legislative Budget Board, which oversees and recommends the budgets for all state government agencies.
When President Donald Trump recently signed the 2018 Omnibus Bill into law, which contained a small amount of what he wanted for a border wall (and included funds for 25 miles in Hidalgo County and 8 miles in Starr County,) he proclaimed his displeasure over the federal spending measure. And…
Since the blistering hot summer of 2014, when a few Catholic parishioners reached out to Sister Norma Pimentel to report an onslaught of immigrants mulling around downtown McAllen near the bus station — dirty, without shoelaces, some sleeping at the station and most very confused — our commu…
As Semana Santa heads into full gear and many in the Rio Grande Valley hit the roads this weekend to visit loved ones for the holidays, we remind drivers to stay alert, and take frequent rest breaks to avoid drowsy driving, which can be a killer.
Ever since the idea was floated out three months ago — to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census — it has provoked much opposition. Nevertheless, the Trump administration this week decided the question will be asked.
Despite efforts from many healthcare professionals, school districts, higher education institutions, and lawmakers to improve health and fitness in the Rio Grande Valley, sadly the McAllen/Edinburg/Mission metro area once again has been named in a national poll among the fattest cities in America.
While the Omnibus $1.3 trillion spending bill, which Congress passed Thursday and President Donald Trump signed on Friday, contains controversial funds for a border wall through the Rio Grande Valley, it also contains much needed money to increase the number of immigration judges nationwide.
As Hidalgo County Commissioners have for the past few months steamrolled through a litany of decisions regarding the new Hidalgo County courthouse — hiring a project manager at risk, contractor, special counsel, architects, and last week approving a new slimmed-down schematic design — we are…
With just 13 hours to skim through a mammoth federal omnibus bill totaling 2,232 pages, members of the U.S. House on Thursday passed the $1.3 trillion measure, which includes about $1.32 billion in border wall-related funds, much of it to be used in the Rio Grande Valley. The bill was then q…
With so many first-generation college students in the Rio Grande Valley, and so many who are financially struggling and must work while taking classes, we applaud the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for recently being ranked third in the nation in terms of offering the best values and …
At a joint committee field hearing held Tuesday in Weslaco with members of the Texas House Transportation Committee, and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the importance of better trade routes via the Texas Southwest border to our regional, state and national eco…
During National Agriculture Day today, we ask residents to take a moment and help agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley. Namely: Do your part to fight dangerous Mexican fruit flies, which threaten our citrus crops.
It’s hard to fathom that only one building contractor placed a bid to construct the new Hidalgo County Courthouse — one of the most expensive, single-building public construction projects to date in the Rio Grande Valley.
As many youth head to beaches and sunny spots this week for spring break, we praise those who are selecting a week of service in the Rio Grande Valley, instead.
As attention turned to Texas last week for the nation’s first electoral primary after President Donald Trump took office, a deadline passed Monday with virtually little mention: The end of the program that protected hundreds of thousands of Dreamers in this country.
The Rio Grande Valley nonprofit organization VIDA, which helps low-income adults attain a workforce degree or certificate, is finally getting the national recognition and praise that it deserves after showing in a national study how it helps reduce college drop outs, increase graduation rate…
As millions of U.S. taxpayers prepare their annual tax returns, so begins a season of scams that taxpayers must be weary of, especially the elderly and immigrants who are most often victimized and taken of their hard-earned money.
Congratulations to state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa who is among three people named as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni for their service to our Valley region.
As leaders from Mexico, Canada and the United States hammer through the seventh round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Mexico City this week, our U.S. trade representatives would be wise to keep in mind a new study by the Texas comptroller that show how …
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