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Government social media accounts generally are run by agency employees in communications and community roles.

The El Paso region of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deactiving its Twitter account after it was used Saturday to promote political and homophobic content - though the agency did not identify which employee was using the Twitter account at the time of the retweets and likes. Read more»

Cover photo: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with El Paso Border Patrol special operations agents on Thursday.

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»

Immigrant advocates say President Biden hasn't kept campaign promises, especially regarding asylum, in his first year in office.

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»

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) speaks at a press event at the U.S. Capitol advocating for including citizenship and deportation protections in the Build Back Better Act.

Undocumented workers and immigration advocates pushed for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better social spending and climate package that the U.S. House approved Friday morning. Read more»

The U.S.-Mexico border, just outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. More than 7,700 people died of COVID in the border area during as of January.

In Texas border communities, not only did people die of COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than elsewhere, but people under age 65 were also more likely to die, highlighting higher-than-normal prevalence of underlying health issues combined with high uninsurance rates and flagging access to care for residents. Read more»

Vice President Kamala Harris gets a briefing at the Northeast El Paso Border Patrol station on Friday.

Vice President Kamala Harris made it to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, though her focus remained on what was happening south of the Rio Grande in the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Read more»

Facing racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive social media activity from their employees, senior leaders with U.S. Customs and Border Protection took no action on their own to prevent further misconduct, according to a report published Monday by a federal watchdog. Read more»

Agents in a secret Facebook group shared crudely manipulated images of men sexually assaulting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and frequent antagonist of the Border Patrol; joked about migrants who died while trying to enter the United States; and made racist insults about Central Americans. The group called itself “I’m 10-15,” Border Patrol radio code for “aliens in custody,” and included some 9,500 current or former agents. Read more»

An asylum seeker from Nepal who has been force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso for more than three months could be released from custody this week, his attorneys said. Read more»

Video contradicted the Border Patrol’s account of 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez’s death. Now, House Democrats are pressuring the agency to explain why six migrant children died under its care in less than a year. Read more»

Flanked by security, workers at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso prepare for the store to reopen on Thursday.

The Walmart where a gunman killed nearly two dozen people and shot dozens more in August is set to reopen on Thursday, setting off a wave of mixed emotions in a community still grieving. Read more»

Samantha Ordaz and César Antonio Pacheco walked in a silent march Sunday for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso the day before.

On Saturday, El Paso was the victim of white supremacy, but it was not the only target. By terrorizing this city, the gunman terrorized Hispanics across the state and the country. Read more»

From 2005-08 — before fencing went up between El Paso and Juarez — El Paso’s violent crime rate fell below the national average.

As another government shutdown looms, the president follows his State of the Union speech with a rally in the city he said was plagued by crime before border fencing went up. Here's what history shows about border enforcement and crime in El Paso. Read more»

Aerial view of the tent city at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The shelter opened in June and has grown approximately 10 times in size, compared to file photos.

The facility, which critics have called a “tent city” and sits on a remote port of entry, was opened in June to house mainly unaccompanied minors who crossed the border without parents or guardians. Read more»