Mexican government says train poses no threat to skeleton
Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History says a prehistoric human skeleton found recently in a flooded cave system along the country’s Caribbean coast was actually discovered and registered by the institute in 2019 and will not be threatened by a nearby tourist train project.
8 migrants dead after dozens swept downriver along Rio Grande in Texas
The bodies of eight people were recovered from the Rio Grande after dozens of migrants were swept downriver near Eagle Pass, Texas, in what appeared to be the deadliest mass-drowning incident along the border in years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday.washingtonpost.com
Pecan farmers get caught in power vacuum on Texas border
A Texas pecan farm nearly the size of Disneyland has become entangled in a turf war between the Biden administration and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over immigration enforcement on the southern border. Hugo and Magali Urbina, who bought Heavenly Farms in April 2021, at first welcomed the state footing the bill for a new chain-link fence through their property earlier this year as part of Abbott’s multibillion-dollar crackdown on border crossings along the Rio Grande. The lock was put there, the couple says, by Texas authorities who have spent months arresting thousands of migrants on trespassing charges on private land.news.yahoo.com
Report finds 'unnecessary' force by agents at Rio Grande
Border Patrol agents on horseback engaged in “unnecessary use of force” against non-threatening Haitian immigrants but didn’t whip any with their reins, according to a federal investigation of chaotic scenes along the Texas-Mexico border last fall.
Biden said Border Patrol agents ‘will pay’ for treatment of Haitian migrants. Texas Gov. Abbott offered them jobs.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised to hire any Border Patrol agents who get in trouble for what President Biden called "outrageous" conduct toward Haitian immigrants trying to cross the border.washingtonpost.com
'Amistad' binds Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña amid migrant crisis
The “amistad,” or friendship, that Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, celebrate with a festival each year has been important in helping them deal with the challenges from a migrant camp that shut down the border bridge between the two communities for more than a week.
Haitians heading to US change plans, ready to wait in Mexico
As U.S. authorities moved out the last of the more than 14,000 migrants who gathered beside a border bridge in Del Rio, thousands of other Haitians en route between the border and South America are coming to the realization that a window of time has closedwashingtonpost.com
Controversial Arizona recount reaffirms Biden's victory
The Arizona recount of the 2020 election confirmed President Biden’s victory in the state — by an even larger margin. It comes as a House panel investigating the Capitol riot subpoenaed four associates of former President Trump. Ed O'Keefe has the details.news.yahoo.com
House Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump associates
A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is demanding records and testimony from four close associates of former President Donald Trump who were in contact with him before and during the attack. (September 24)news.yahoo.com
All migrants have been cleared from encampment in Del Rio, Tex., homeland security secretary says
Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the announcement Friday at the White House amid widespread criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the migrants, most of them Haitians, at the U.S.-Mexico border.washingtonpost.com
Time's Up leader pledges openness after scandal
The new leader of Time's Up, Monifa Bandele, is pledging openness and equity at the embattled women's rights organization. Her predecessor resigned in August over revelations the group’s leaders advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Sept. 24)news.yahoo.com
U.S. Border Patrol will no longer use horses in Del Rio, Texas after outrage over treatment of Haitian migrants
The Biden administration has suspended Border Patrol agents from using horses in Del Rio, Texas amid public outcry over photos showing agents on horseback charging at Haitian migrants trying to cross into the U.S.cnbc.com
US sues Texas to block state troopers from stopping migrants
The Biden administration sued Texas to prevent state troopers from stopping vehicles carrying migrants on grounds that they may spread COVID-19, warning that the practice would exacerbate problems amid high levels of crossings on the state’s border with Mexico.
US says order coming this week on border asylum restrictions
A Justice Department attorney says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order this week about how migrant children are treated under a public health order that has prevented people from seeking asylum at at the nation’s borders.
8 immigrants killed when pickup crashes in Texas border city
Debris is strewn across a road near the border city of Del Rio, Texas after a collision Monday, March 15, 2021. Eight people in a pickup truck loaded with immigrants were killed when the vehicle collided with an SUV following a police chase, authorities said. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)AUSTIN, Texas – Eight people in a pickup truck loaded with immigrants were killed when the vehicle crashed into another truck during a police chase that began when the driver refused to pull over for a traffic violation near the Texas border city of Del Rio, authorities said. All eight of the people killed and the surviving passenger of the Dodge pickup were immigrants in the U.S. without authorization, according to DPS. The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, Sebastian Tovar, 24, ran away following the crash, but was later arrested, according to the state agency.
Part of the US-Mexico border saw more drownings
Water-related deaths tripled in the Border Patrol's Del Rio sector from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2019, according to data CNN obtained from US Customs and Border Protection. But water-related rescues shot up more than 650%, increasing from 65 in fiscal year 2018 to 490 in fiscal year 2019. The increase was especially dramatic in the Del Rio sector, where water-related deaths tripled. In fiscal year 2018, the Del Rio sector reported six water-related deaths; the following year, there were 18. But she isn't surprised to hear about water-related deaths on the rise in one sector of the border.