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Border News
Mixed reaction to Perry's decision to deploy National Guard
BROWNSVILLE, July 22 - Political reaction to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley has largely broken along political lines, with Republicans supportive and Democrats joining Valley community and business groups in opposition. Full Story >

RSTEC opposes National Guard troop deployment on South Texas border
BROWNSVILLE, July 21 - The Rio South Texas Economic Council has come out against Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border. Full Story >

Cuellar: Guatemala, Honduras, want their kids back
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17 - The presidents of Guatemala and Honduras want their refugee children back but they also want some help from the United States with their repatriation. Full Story >

Hinojosa criticizes Cuellar over stance on child refugees
EDINBURG, July 14 - U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa has blasted fellow border congressman Henry Cuellar over legislation to speed up the removal from the U.S. of undocumented children from Central America. Full Story >

Vela updates constituents on migrant children crisis
BROWNSVILLE, July 8 - Congressmen Filemon Vela has given an update on the tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America for the United States. Full Story >

McCraw testifies before homeland security panel
McALLEN, July 6 - Steven C. McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee at a field hearing at South Texas College's technology campus in south McAllen on July 3. Full Story >

We need a lot more immigration judges, county judge testifies
McALLEN, July 4 - Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia says he appreciates the opportunity afforded he and other local officials to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Full Story >

It was heartbreaking to see children in detention cells, Pimentel testifies
McALLEN, July 3 - Sister Norma Pimentel will tell a congressional panel later today that what she saw inside a Border Patrol detention center was “heartbreaking.” Full Story >

Texas Border Coalition: Provide more help to Central America
McALLEN, July 1 - The federal government should follow the same successful strategy it adopted with Mexico and help improve the economies of Central American countries in order to reduce undocumented immigration into the U.S. Full Story >

Pelosi: U.S. has refugee problem at its own front door
BROWNSVILLE, June 28 - On a visit to Brownsville on Saturday, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the United States has a “refugee problem right at our front door.” Full Story >

Hinojosa: Mother would rather have child die on journey to U.S. than at her front door
McALLEN, June 28 - To those who do not believe tens of thousands of children from Central America are coming to the United States to escape violence in their homeland, U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa has a riposte. Full Story >

Oaks: Valley’s strength, unity, surpasses anything I’ve seen in my 30 years in Border Patrol
McALLEN, June 27 - Kevin Oaks, chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, has penned an open letter to the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Full Story >

Lively discussion on whether to call recent Central American immigrants 'refugees'
McALLEN, June 27 - While three members of Congress were visiting a Border Patrol detention center to witness firsthand the plight of thousands of undocumented immigrants, Equal Voice Network was holding a vigil outside a church where similar immigrants have been cared for. Full Story >

Darling reluctant to declare a state of emergency
McALLEN, June 26 - McAllen Mayor Jim Darling is reluctant to declare a state of emergency related to the large influx of immigrants coming into his city for fear that it would deter potential investors and visitors. Full Story >

VIDEO: Bodies buried in plastic bags did not come from Brooks County
FALFURRIAS, June 25 - Brooks County Judge Raul Ramirez says any immigrant bodies buried in plastic bags at a cemetery just outside of Falfurrias must have come from Jim Hogg County, not Brooks County. Full Story >

Cuellar: Obama Administration finally getting act together on immigration surge
McALLEN, June 22 - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar has welcomed the Obama Administration’s response to the recent spike in undocumented immigration in South Texas. Full Story >

Cuellar: Mexico, Central America, are not on Obama Administration’s radar
McALLEN, June 20 - Mexican leaders cannot believe the United States has not responded to its offer to help secure the southwest border and they wonder just how much commitment its neighbor to the north really has on the issue. Full Story >

Hinojosa, TCRP, differ on merits of DPS border surge operation
McALLEN, June 19 - State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and the Texas Civil Rights Project differ sharply over the value of a $1.3 million-per-day border surge operation being conducted by the Department of Public Safety. Full Story >

Cornyn, Cruz, blame Obama for spike in unaccompanied minors entering U.S.
MISSION, June 12 - Texas’ two U.S. senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, are blaming President Obama for the recent spike in apprehensions of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwest border. Full Story >

Trade with Mexico is key, say South Texas county judges
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, June 9 - On the eve of his group’s annual conference, the outgoing president of the South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association says more attention needs to be paid to the importance of trade with Mexico. Full Story >

Vela to hold forum on deepening Brownsville Ship Channel
BROWNSVILLE, June 8 - Following on from last week’s successful forum on energy, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela plans to hold a similar event that will focus on the importance of deepening the Brownsville Ship Channel. Full Story >

Abbott discusses border security at GOP state convention
FORT WORTH, June 6 - Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott delivered remarks Friday at the Republican Party of Texas 2014 state convention in Fort Worth. Full Story >

Vela: Time for a congressional fact-finding tour of Guatemala and Honduras
BROWNSVILLE, June 6 - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela says he would welcome a congressional fact-finding trip to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to find out why tens of thousands of minors are fleeing those countries to come to the U.S. Full Story >

Cuellar: We need to act now to avert a potential humanitarian crisis along border
LAREDO, June 2 - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on Monday called for the establishment of a multi-agency processing center on the border to deal with a recent influx of immigrant apprehensions. Full Story >

DEA hopeful new security plan for Tamaulipas will work
McALLEN, May 26 - A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officer in the Rio Grande Valley says he is hopeful Mexico’s new security plan for the state of Tamaulipas will yield positive results. Full Story >

Congressman wants to know about firearms going into Mexico
WASHINGTON, May 26 - U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wants a new assessment on the effectiveness of efforts by the U.S. government to curb the trafficking of firearms to Mexico. Full Story >

Bishop Flores warns Kerry of an ‘unfolding disaster’ on South Texas-Mexico border
BROWNSVILLE, May 20 - Expanding on comments he made to Rio Grande Valley reporters at the San Juan Basilica on World Communications Day, Bishop Daniel E. Flores has sent a powerful letter to Secretary of State John Kerry about the corrosive impact of drug cartel activity. Full Story >