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In the middle of the Rio Grande, separated families reunite for 3 minutes

The Hugs Not Walls event put on by the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights, in partnership with the Mexican and United States governments, allows families from both sides of the river with no legal means to reunite to reconnect for a brief embrace in the middle of the Rio Grande.... Read more»0

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Migrant apprehensions continued upward trend in February

The Rio Grande Valley and the El Paso sectors remain the busiest crossing points as more than 100,000 people were either apprehended or surrendered to authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border in February, continuing an increasing trend that began last year and persists under a Biden administration that has rolled back several of former President Donald Trump's hardline policies.... Read more»0

As migrant apprehensions rise, Texas gov slams Biden in border appearance

Saying the Biden administration’s border policies make it clear that the president doesn’t care about Americans, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared that the border is in a crisis and accused the president of aiding cartels and human smugglers.... Read more»0

Judge indefinitely blocks Biden administration’s 100-day deportation freeze

A ruling by a federal judge in Texas has put an indefinite halt to President Biden’s 100-day halt to deportations. Texas AG Ken Paxton, the subject of a criminal investigation accusing him of accepting a bribe, argued the state would face financial harm if undocumented immigrants were released there.... Read more»0

Biden's 100-day deportation moratorium blocked after Texas files suit

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day moratorium on deportations of some undocumented immigrants.... Read more»1

Feds sued for denying stimulus checks to Americans married to undocumented immigrants

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is alleging that a provision in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package known as the CARES Act that denies the benefit to mixed-status families in unconstitutional.... Read more»0

President Trump says he's temporarily halting immigration during coronavirus pandemic

Trump tweeted Monday night that he will issue an executive order but gave few details about what it would do — or when he would issue it. ... Read more»0

As coronavirus cases increase, so have clashes between ICE detainees & guards

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so have confrontations between detainees and guards at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities across the country, the latest in Louisiana and Texas.... Read more»0

Travel restrictions at U.S.-Mexico border have area businesses grappling with uncertainty

The potential collapse of cross-border commerce has added border store owners to the ranks of Texas restaurateurs and other small businesses who don’t know how they’ll be able to make ends meet.... Read more»0

Immigration attorneys worry ICE rules will take away needed medical supplies

ICE is requiring lawyers to wear person protection equipment to detention facilities. That could keep the equipment out of the hands of medical personnel — or make it harder for lawyers to see their clients, some say. ... Read more»0

Calls for Trump administration to release migrants from detention increase amid COVID-19 pandemic

Since the coronavirus became a national emergency, federal immigration agencies have made some changes to their operations to try to minimize the spread of the virus. The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced last weekend it was suspending hearings for immigrants who are not in detention — but hearings for all other cases continue in most immigration courtrooms.... Read more»0

To slow CV-19, Trump administration closes southern border to nonessential travel

The country’s southern border will close to all nonessential travel and trade in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Trump administration announced Friday morning.... Read more»0

Amid coronavirus concerns, Justice Dep't continues 'Remain in Mexico' hearings

It was business as usual Monday on the Migrant Protection Protocols docket in federal immigration courts, and groups that work in them are raising concerns about the risk to migrants and court staff.... Read more»0

Migrants, advocates mark the anniversary of 'remain in Mexico' with fear, anger & trepidation

As lawmakers, immigration attorneys and advocates call for the end of the Migrant Protection Protocols, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would expand to include Brazilians. ... Read more»0

Texas bishops rebuke state's Catholic governor over new refugee ban

It’s not the first time Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has disagreed with the religious groups over state policy. He was also criticized in 2017 after he made Senate Bill 4, an omnibus, state-based immigration enforcement bill, a legislative priority. ... Read more»0

Texas governor tells Trump admin state won't participate in refugee resettlement

Abbott's decision comes after more than 40 other governors said they would opt in to the federal program.... Read more»0

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