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Texas suit alleging fraud in border wall construction comes apart

Hidalgo County’s claims of improper enrichment by a former employee and his family are either dismissed or withdrawn. Employee sees vindication; the county says it could appeal or head to federal court.... Read more»

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FBI: No evidence of attack in death of Border Patrol agent in Texas

The FBI said Wednesday that an investigation into the November death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent near El Paso has not found evidence that there was “a scuffle, altercation, or attack.”... Read more»

New evidence in border wall kickback scheme could suggest wrongdoing beyond fraud

Fresh details have been alleged about a plan to make millions off the first border wall in Texas, with a court filing talking of kickback deals worked out over drinks and steak dinners.... Read more»

The Taking

How a Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid rush to build border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.... Read more»

FBI using billboards to seek info on death of Texas BP agent

The FBI announced Friday that it was expanding its search for information related to the death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez in Texas two weeks ago. ... Read more»

Chilling new report cites greater death toll in Mexican massacre

A disturbing report by Mexican researchers provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet ranching town less than an hour’s drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»

Days later, cause of Border Patrol agent's death still unclear

Days after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another seriously wounded in Texas, details as to what happened to the agents, or even whether they were attacked, are still scarce. ... Read more»

Texas gov. calls for more resources following Border Patrol agent's death

Texas and national leaders called for more resources to go to border security after a U.S. Border Patrol agent died in the line of duty Sunday. ... Read more»

The fate of thousands of unaccompanied children is decided in immigration court

More than 5,400 juvenile immigration deportation cases were heard in Arizona between 2005 and July 2017, according to data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review. ... Read more»

Why are border deaths up when border crossings are down?

Government policies funneling illegal immigrants into more dangerous crossing areas have contributed to fatalities.... Read more»

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

Top Democrats demand inquiry Into deadly DEA-led operations

Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the DEA were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras.... Read more»

Five days after Harvey, here's where things stand in Texas

Nearly five days after the hurricane-turned-tropical storm first touched Texas soil, Harvey has broken state rainfall records and sparked unprecedented flooding across Southeast Texas and the city of Houston, where residents are desperate for relief. ... Read more»

Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey

As Texans in the Rio Grande Valley prepare for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Border Patrol said its checkpoints north of the border will remain open.... Read more»

White nationalist rally at Texas A&M University has been canceled

The white nationalist rally planned on the campus of Texas A&M University has been canceled, officials confirmed Monday. ... Read more»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

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