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Border News
ACLU sues Obama administration following opening of Dilley immigrant lockup
BROWNSVILLE, December 16 - The ACLU has sued the Obama administration following the opening of the Department of Homeland Security’s new family detention center in Dilley, South Texas. Full Story >

Gonzalez: RGV must add value to border trade
HARLINGEN, December 8 - Brownsville’s trade with Matamoros is valued at around $8.4 billion a year, but, to the chagrin of local economic development officials, much of that value is added outside of the border region. Full Story >

Lawmakers: Too many state troopers unfamiliar with border culture
McALLEN, December 5 - Too many of the Department of Public Safety troopers assigned to the South Texas border region do not understand the local Hispanic culture and are unable to speak Spanish. Full Story >

Martinez discusses top transportation issues for 84th Legislature
McALLEN, November 25 - State Rep. Armando Martinez, vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation, has announced some of the top transportation agenda items for the next legislative session. Full Story >

Discussion at summit about how Obama's executive action plays out along border
WESLACO, November 25 – If the immigrants say they have been here five years, send them on their way but if they are recent arrivals in the country, hold them there and I will be right over. Full Story >

Hinojosa: OIG's actions infringe on rights of healthcare providers
AUSTIN, November 11 - State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa does not like the way the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General treats Medicaid providers and he wants to rein in the agency next session. Full Story >

U.S. Congressman to place more emphasis on insecurity in Mexico
BROWNSVILLE, November 3 - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela recently told the Rio Grande Guardian that insecurity in Tamaulipas and across Mexico has now got to be viewed as one of the biggest foreign policy issues confronting the United States. Full Story >

Mayors of McAllen, Reynosa, to visit South Korea
McALLEN, October 29 - McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and Reynosa Mayor Pepe Elías Leal are to travel to South Korea to try to attract more manufacturing companies to the South Texas-Mexico border region. Full Story >

RGV officials meet with Tamaulipas governor to discuss energy
REYNOSA, October 28 - Elected officials from the Rio Grande Valley say they are impressed with plans the State of Tamaulipas has in place to exploit the massive oil shale play in the Cuenca de Burgos. Full Story >

Moore to give his recommendations on fighting RGV's negative image
McALLEN, October 13 - The next time Todd Staples refers to the Rio Grande Valley as a “war zone,” its leaders could respond by saying “SpaceX.” Full Story >

Salinas: Obama or Biden will be coming to border region soon
EDINBURG, September 29 - Having met with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House last week, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas is convinced one or both of them will visit the South Texas border region soon. Full Story >

Yzaguirre: Border region can reap 'bonanza' from Mexico's energy reforms
McALLEN, September 28 - The South Texas border region can reap a “real bonanza” from the deregulation of Mexico’s energy sector, says former Enron Mexico President Max Yzaguirre. Full Story >

Yzaguirre: Mexico's energy reforms can succeed
McALLEN, September 28 - Former Enron Mexico President Max Yzaguirre says he is optimistic that Mexico’s energy reforms will work and will provide much greater prosperity for the nation. Full Story >

Musk: First person traveling to another planet could depart from Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, September 23 - Business magnate, inventor, and investor Elon Musk said Monday that the first person traveling to another planet could depart from Boca Chica beach near Brownsville. Full Story >

Neighboring communities to Brownsville also looking forward to SpaceX
BROWNSVILLE, September 23 - Neighboring communities to the planned SpaceX commercial spacecraft launch facility at Boca Chica hope to benefit just as much as Brownsville and are offering their full support for the project. Full Story >

Perry invites Peña Nieto to visit Texas to discuss border security
AUSTIN, September 17 - Rick Perry sent a letter Wednesday to Mexican President Enrique Peña 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 >