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Rio Grande Valley Becomes Epicenter of Growing Humanitarian Crisis


The U.S. Border Patrol recently released some stunning apprehension figures for the Rio Grande Valley. While the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border is still experiencing some of the lowest apprehension rates in forty years, the number of border crossers caught in the Valley has tripled since 2010. The nexus of migration has shifted from Tucson, […]

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Border Law Enforcement Scandal Grows With Recent Arrest

In Hidalgo County, when it comes to law enforcement corruption,  the feds like to make their arrests right before the holidays. On Christmas Eve, Commander Jose “Joe” Padilla, right-hand man to Sheriff Guadalupe “Lupe” Treviño was arrested on a seven-count indictment for drug trafficking and money laundering. Padilla’s arrest makes it increasingly difficult for Treviño—the […]

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What Happened to Immigrant Detention Reform?

Back in 2009, the Obama administration promised reform of the massive, mostly for-profit U.S. immigrant detention system. Immigrant advocates are still waiting. The number of deportees hasn’t diminished and private detention facilities continue to expand. Every year more than 400,000 people waiting for hearings with an immigration judge are housed in far-flung jails and grim […]

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DPS Checkpoints Create Fear, Havoc in the Rio Grande Valley

  The Texas Department of Public Safety was warned during a legislative hearing in 2011 that they would “run afoul of the courts” if driver’s license and insurance checkpoints were used to determine citizenship status. Now checkpoints in the Rio Grande Valley are generating fears that DPS is working with the U.S. Border Patrol to […]

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“It Took Twenty Lives To Get Us To This Place.”

In the wake of a federal report released last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday new measures to address a trend of lethal beatings and shootings by Border Patrol agents in the last three years. Civil rights advocates were encouraged by the announcement but said the agency still has a long way to […]

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