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Supreme Court agrees to hear cross-border shooting case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would consider a controversial Texas case involving a cross-border shooting that ended with the death of a 15-year-old boy at the hands of a Border Patrol agent.... Read more»0

Texas to revisit issue of ID'ing migrants' remains near border

The state’s forensic science oversight panel will convene in Austin on Wednesday to give the public a progress report on an emotional and macabre issue that is tied directly to the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.... Read more»0

Supreme Court denies Obama request to rehear immigration case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined the Obama administration's request to reconsider a controversial immigration program that would have let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in the country legally.... Read more»0

Texas lawmakers criticize border surge for moving crime but not stopping it

The $800 million border security operation passed by state lawmakers has helped seal off parts of the state’s southern border. But the surge has also made the rest of the area more of a hotbed for illegal activity, the state’s top law enforcement officer told lawmakers on Wednesday. ... Read more»0

Bordering on insecurity

What are your rights at U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol checkpoints?

Reporter Julian Aguilar answers a reader's question about what powers border agents have when questioning people at checkpoints.... Read more»3

U.S. citizen receives settlement over body cavity search at border

A woman who was subjected to unwarranted body cavity searches after crossing a Texas-Mexico border in 2012 has been awarded nearly a half million dollars by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, her lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday. ... Read more»0

Bordering on insecurity

Texas scrambles to fund border security project

Despite Texas lawmakers’ urgent calls to secure the border and fill in gaps they say the federal government has left wide open, a key effort Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a priority in 2015 isn’t off the ground yet.... Read more»0

After outcry, judge delays sanctions in immigration case

The Texas-based judge that last year put a hold on President Obama’s executive order on immigration decided on Tuesday to also suspend a controversial punishment he had recently issued to the administration’s attorneys.... Read more»0

El Paso ID effort could force local control showdown

In El Paso, local leaders hope to create a municipal ID card for the region's homeless, indigent and undocumented. But Gov. Greg Abbott has hinted that could make El Paso a so-called "sanctuary city." ... Read more»0

Obama's lawyers ask Texas judge to rethink immigration order

The Obama administration has asked a Brownsville-based judge to rethink an order that requires the federal government to turn over the private information of thousands of undocumented immigrants.... Read more»0

As El Paso sees surge of Cuban migrants, calls for policy shift grow louder

As El Paso draws record numbers of Cubans seeking refuge, the city's Democratic congressman said he favors repealing a decades-old provision that gives those migrants a special status in the U.S. ... Read more»0

Federal judge orders ethics classes for Justice Dep't attorneys

The Brownsville-based judge who halted President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration has decided that ethics classes are in order for the attorneys who defended the policy.... Read more»0

Push to provide lawyers for immigrant children loses steam

When thousands of Central American children began flooding across the Texas border in 2014, the state’s legal community said it was ready to pitch in and help minors seeking asylum in the United States navigate a system that doesn’t guarantee a right to counsel.... Read more»0

Federal border officials in El Paso accused of coercion, abuse

Federal officials stationed on the Texas-Mexico border called legal border crossers “whores” and criminals and subjected them to unwarranted searches and coercion, according to a complaint a civil liberties group submitted to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general Tuesday.... Read more»0

Time running out for new ambassador to Mexico

It took almost a year for the U.S Senate to confirm Roberta Jacobson as the country's next ambassador to Mexico, and the veteran State Department official steps into the job with the clock running down on the administration that appointed her.... Read more»0

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