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Military leaders use 'honest conversations' to combat service member suicides

In the 20 years since 9/11, more military personnel and veterans have died from suicide than in combat - now, virtual reality modules train service members with the goal of ensuring that someone considering taking their own life gets the help they need.... Read more»

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U.S. Supreme Court sides with El Paso’s Tigua tribe in decades-long gambling fight with Texas

El Paso’s Tigua Indians can legally operate bingo-based games at their Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in the Lower Valley - the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision - ending their three-decade fight with the state of Texas over gambling.... Read more»

ICE spent more than $9 million on unused El Paso hotel beds for detained migrants

Millions were wasted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on unused hotel beds for detained migrants in Arizona and Texas, and the company overseeing the hotels failed to follow COVID-19 protocols with the migrant families.... Read more»

The rules of pursuit: Border Patrol car chase standards under scrutiny as deaths mount

Border Patrol car chases have been the subject of increasing scrutiny in recent months, amid a spike in deadly crashes, an increase in vehicular use-of-force incidents, and newly released information about CBP’s controversial Critical Incident Teams.... Read more»

'Health shouldn’t have borders': Arizona and Sonora doctors team up to tackle infectious diseases

Chiricahua Community Health Clinics in Douglas started a binational infectious disease monitoring program - just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold - and coordinate with hospitals in Sonora to track and treat infectious diseases on both sides of the border. ... Read more»

When COVID hit, a border health commission found itself on life support

As border communities evaluate lessons learned in the pandemic in hopes of doing better next time, borderland health experts say reactivating the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission is one place to start. ... Read more»

Internal investigation confirms Border Patrol failures leading up to 16-year-old’s death on cell floor

A government investigation into the 2019 death of a Guatemalan teenager in Border Patrol custody has found serious problems with the agency’s handling of sick detainees and broader problems with care in a detainee system that at the time was overwhelmed with migrants.... Read more»

Homeland Security secretary’s El Paso visit focuses on Border Patrol Omicron staffing challenges

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited El Paso Thursday as part of a three-day tour of the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss personnel challenges - a day after Arizona Gov. Ducey called for Mayorkas’ resignation following the secretary’s visit to Yuma.... Read more»

Biden’s border: 'an incredibly disappointing year' for immigrant advocates

As a candidate, Joe Biden emphasized how different his immigration policy would be from that of former President Donald Trump, promising to “take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage,” but after nearly a year of the Biden presidency, immigrant advocates are disheartened.... Read more»

Lawsuit alleges U.S. gun manufacturers bear responsibility for Mexico violence

In an effort to reduce gun smuggling, the Mexican government is suing a group of gun manufacturers — including Glock, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing and Colt’s Manufacturing — in the United States, and the first hearing was held last week in Boston. ... Read more»

As pandemic border restrictions stopped Mexicans from visiting family in U.S., American tourists crossed freely into Mexico

Cross-border traffic at land ports has risen as economies on both sides of the border have reopened and vaccines have become widely available in the U.S. and northern Mexico. ... Read more»

Trial starts in Rio Grande Supreme Court water lawsuit between New Mexico and Texas

Attorneys laid out their arguments Monday during the first day of a virtual trial in a lawsuit over Rio Grande water with Texas and the federal government alleging that New Mexico’s use of groundwater cut into Texas’ share of river water.... Read more»

El Paso shelter network scrambles to house 1,200 migrants released over the weekend

More than 1,200 migrants who crossed the border in Del Rio, Texas, were released from federal custody into El Paso between Thursday and Sunday, often with little warning, Annunciation House founder Ruben Garcia said during a press conference Monday.... Read more»

CBP turned away asylum seekers, claiming they didn’t have room for them. It often wasn’t true.

Frontline U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and administration officials used the justification that port facilities were over capacity for processing asylum claims, including detention space - but records show that the capacity excuse often was untruthful.... Read more»

Haitian migrants are being transported to El Paso before being expelled to Haiti

Following the arrival of thousands of Haitian migrants to the small Texas border city of Del Rio, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun transporting Haitians to El Paso as part of a mass expulsion operation.... Read more»

A tale of two tent cities: Comparing the Fort Bliss sites for Afghans and migrant children

The sites housing foreign nationals at Fort Bliss look similar - both a maze of white tents plopped onto dusty desert terrain - but while members of the media were able to explore the site housing Afghan nationals, the same cannot be said for the tent city for detained migrant children.... Read more»

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