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Monday, July 24th, 2017

Death toll in San Antonio immigrant-smuggling case rises to 10

The death toll from the weekend’s immigrant-smuggling tragedy in San Antonio has risen to 10, and the driver in the alleged crime is scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom Monday morning.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Border patrol agent indicted in cartel murder

The capital murder indictment of a U.S. Border Patrol agent with drug cartel ties should signals that local authorities will fight back against violence spilling over from Mexico, the Cameron County district attorney said Wednesday.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol ramps up enforcement in the valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In response, an influx of agents from California, Arizona...

Friday, January 31st, 2014

More border apprehensions, but spotlight shifts from Mexico

The number of immigrants apprehended while attempting to cross the United States' southern border rose last year, but most of the increase can be attributed to immigrants coming from countries other than Mexico.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Border reps split on using drones for security

Texas' recent designation as one of six test states for a federal project that seeks to expand the use of drones is spotlighting how far apart border lawmakers are on using more unmanned aircraft for border security.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

More than 368K deported from U.S. in fiscal year 2013

The Obama administration on Thursday announced that it deported 368,644 undocumented immigrants from the country during the 2013 fiscal year.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

ACLU sues feds over excessive force claim

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against what the advocacy group claims are egregious abuses of power within the ranks of border law enforcement.

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Report says gun running into Mexico on the rise

As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Policy shift in Mexico seen as push for soveriegnty

Security initiatives recently announced by the Mexican government suggest that the country may move to reaffirm its sovereignty and focus less on the interests of the U.S. and other foreign countries, a former assistant special agent at...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Sheriff’s Willie arrest not his only claim to fame

When country music icon Willie Nelson got arrested for marijuana possession in far West Texas last week, he wasn’t the only Texas legend who figured in the story. Paunchy, Stetson-wearing Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, who put...

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