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Border News
Perry invites Peńa Nieto to visit Texas to discuss border security
AUSTIN, September 17 - Rick Perry sent a letter Wednesday to Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto regarding the Governor’s decision to deploy the Texas National Guard on the border. Full Story >

Sandoval: Let's coordinate operations, share profits from international bridges
PHARR, September 16 - Cities in the Rio Grande Valley need to work together on a regional basis in order to prepare for a huge increase in international trade with Mexico, says Pharr City Manager Fred Sandoval. Full Story >

Mexico criticizes border deployment of National Guard
HIDLAGO, September 11 - Mexico has again condemned Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard on the South Texas-Mexico border, claiming that the move was done for “political purposes.” Full Story >

Bishop Flores calls on Brownsville to pass payday lending reform ordinance
BROWNSVILLE, September 1 - Bishop of Brownsville Daniel E. Flores has thrown his weight behind a payday lending reform ordinance being considered by the City of Brownsville. Full Story >

Oliveira 'embarrassed' border-deployed Guard troops are not being fed
BROWNSVILLE, August 29 - State Rep. René Oliveira says he is “appalled and embarrassed” that National Guard troops are being forced to ask local charities for a hot meal while serving on the border. Full Story >

Darling: Cities should set up bridge system and share toll revenues
McALLEN, August 22 - Revenues collected from trucks crossing international bridges in Hidalgo County should be pooled together and divided among the cities that own the bridges, says McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Full Story >

Officials: Texas Lyceum conference helped shine a new light on the Valley
EDINBURG, August 18 - Rio Grande Valley leaders hope their region gets looked at in a different, much more positive, light following the success of the two-day Texas Lyceum conference. Full Story >

Simmons: Donna is poised for explosive growth
DONNA, August 11 - Donna Mayor David Simmons is not fazed by a breakdown in negotiations for the City of Pharr to take a 40 percent stake in the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge. Full Story >

Border congressmen split on $694 million immigration crisis bill
BROWNSVILLE, August 3 - Usually, the Texas border delegation in Washington votes in unison on major legislation. Full Story >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >