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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»

The feds call it a levee; Texas immigration advocates & enviros see a border wall

Border wall opponents say President Biden broke his promise to halt construction when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security started building a wall with 15-foot concrete panels topped with 6-foot steel bollards and calling it a levee to protect residents from potential flooding.... Read more»

At impasse with White House, ACLU resumes fight for asylum seekers

The Trump-instituted rush on deportations using Title 42, an obscure public health authority, has shown no sign of abating eight months into the new administration, leading immigration advocates back to the courtroom to halt the policy. ... Read more»

Trump administration awarding border wall contracts but doesn’t own land to build on

The government’s strategy of awarding contracts before acquiring titles to land in Texas has led to millions of dollars in costs for delays. Things could get even more complicated if President-elect Joe Biden stops border wall construction.... Read more»

As gov't prepares to seize more land for border wall, some Texas landowners prepare to fight

In Laredo, border landowners are receiving letters from the federal government, requesting permission to enter their land for surveying. "Hell no, we're not signing anything," one recipient said. ... Read more»1

Attorneys want fixes to legal immigration system, too

The debate over what to do with the estimated 12 million people living in the country illegally has dominated the discussion on comprehensive immigration reform. But attorneys say key fixes are needed to the legal immigration system as well.... Read more»

Texas to end last meals before executions

The long-standing tradition of allowing death row inmates one last special meal of their choosing before they enter the execution chamber ends immediately, said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.... Read more»