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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.

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Texas attorney general unveils unit to fight human trafficking

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Police rescue Mexican immigrants from freight train inferno

WITH VIDEO | Ten Mexican immigrants rescued by local police from inside a broiling freight train railcar on Monday are in the custody of federal officials after being treated for life-threatening dehydration.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Suspected trafficker arrested in Hays County after seven-county pursuit

WITH VIDEO | A big rig driver who blew through a south Texas border zone checkpoint was arrested early Thursday morning in Kyle after leading law enforcement on an 182-mile chase in an 18-wheeler.

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...

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Trafficking crimes tough to measure, harder to combat

Although lawmakers and advocates have long agreed that Texas is a national center of human trafficking, they are still trying to figure out what to do about it.

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