LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two Texas men were killed when their vehicles collided head-on in southeastern New Mexico.
The New Mexico State Police says a vehicle driven by...
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it's arresting and deporting fewer immigrants because the agency is devoting more resources to the surging numbers of migrant...
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A federal grand jury has returned a 74-count indictment against four South Texas men, including two former elected officials, alleging a bribery scheme in which more than $4...
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former South Texas police officer is going to prison for making fraudulent traffic stops to enable a crew to steal drug loads from traffickers for resale.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two former elected officials in South Texas and a lawyer face bribery-related charges linked to contracts awarded for a $38 million public works...
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national suspected in a fatal 1998 shooting on a college campus in Texas has been extradited to face a capital murder charge.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A mother cradled a crying toddler as she waited in line with 20 other women to shower. Dozens of fathers quietly held their children's hands in an enclosure made of...
Texas House OKs bill spurred by Enrique Iglesias show
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill strengthening Texas open records laws after a border city refused to say how much it paid pop star Enrique Iglesisas for a concert has cleared a key hurdle in the...
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas account representative with a drug-testing company has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison in a 2015 identity theft and Medicare billing...
Consul: Woman who delivered stillborn baby released by ICE
HOUSTON (AP) — A Honduran government official says a woman who delivered a stillborn baby while in custody last week has been released from detention.
Detained Mexican migrant dies in Texas hospital
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man detained by Border Patrol for illegal re-entry died Monday at a hospital in Texas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Andrew Meehan says the 45-year-old man was initially apprehended Feb. 2 and requested medical attention. He was taken to a medical center and later cleared to return to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station. The next day, he requested medical attention again and was taken to a hospital where he stayed until he died Monday.
Judge says feds may survey historic chapel’s land for wall
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ruled the federal government may enter the property of a historic South Texas chapel to survey its suitability for a border wall.
U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Wednesday rejected the Brownsville Roman Catholic diocese's argument that granting federal access to the La Lomita Chapel would violate federal religious freedom laws.
Crane ruled Wednesday in McAllen that allowing the access would pose no burden on the Mission, Texas, chapel.
Ex-federal officer in South Texas gets prison for bribery
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former Customs and Border Protection officer in South Texas must serve more than two years in federal prison for accepting an immigration-related $500 bribe.
Jose Javier "J.J." Gonzalez of Mission was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months. The 38-year-old Gonzalez earlier pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official.
Crush of desperate migrant families seek asylum at border
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Maria Orbelina Cortez says she fled El Salvador for the U.S. after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son's head.
After quietly planning for months, she took the 3-year-old boy and his two brothers and headed north without telling her husband. As she spoke in the yard of a Catholic Charities shelter in South Texas, the boy played nearby. He had a hairless scar on top of his head in the shape of a jagged, capital "T."
At the border, Trump moves closer to emergency declaration
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.
Border wall supporters, opponents protest in Tex.
Texas official says state could build part of border wall
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told President Donald Trump the state will build a wall along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border if the federal government reimburses it.
Trump revealed the conversation Thursday on his visit to McAllen, Texas as he pushes for border wall funding central to the partial government shutdown. The president said: "You do things very well in Texas and I like that idea, so we'll take a look."
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As Trump visits border, Texas landowners prepare wall fight
HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump traveled to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall , landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way.
Former Texas city official sentenced for health care fraud
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former city official in South Texas has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for his role in a fraudulent $1.7 million health care scheme.
Forty-eight-year-old Oscar Elizondo was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Man who fled Texas during 2008 murder trial caught in Mexico
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A man who disappeared on the last day of his 2008 murder trial has been captured in Mexico and returned to Texas, authorities said.
Hidalgo County prosecutors said in a news release Friday that 35-year-old Oscar Davila Rodriguez was returned to the U.S. Wednesday. The statement didn't include details about how or where he was captured.
Texas contractor scores $145 million border wall contract
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal authorities have awarded a $145 million contract to a Texas company to build 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said Friday that SLSCO will begin construction of an 18-foot (5.5-meter) reinforced concrete levee wall in February in the agency's McAllen Station region. The company will also increase the height of existing fences.
2 charged over 1,262 pounds of liquid meth found in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma have filed drug charges against two people accused of transporting 1,262 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in the fuel tank of a tractor-trailer truck.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oklahoma City said Friday 36-year-old Enrique Lara of Chicago and 21-year-old Jasmine Morales of McAllen, Texas, are charged with possession with intent to distribute liquid methamphetamine.
Over 7K-strong, migrant caravan pushes on; still far from US
TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants resumed an arduous trek toward the U.S. border Monday, with many bristling at suggestions there could be terrorists among them and saying the caravan is being used for political ends by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Texas’ O’Rourke tells national audience he’d impeach Trump
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke told a national television audience Thursday night that he'd vote to impeach President Donald Trump and believes Texas can lead the way to a national embracing of relaxed immigration policies and gun control — unapologetically liberal positions that may be hard for some in his deep-red state to stomach.
The Latest: Cruz says he’s willing to debate O’Rourke on CNN
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Beto O'Rourke's record-breaking, $38.1M fundraising haul in his race against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (all times local):
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he's willing to participate in a nationally televised debate with Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke — potentially raising the stakes on a Texas race already among the country's most-watched.
AAA: Texas, US retail gasoline prices increase this week
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices increased this week.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide rose 3 cents to reach an average $2.65 per gallon. Drivers across the country face gasoline prices 4 cents higher than a week ago at an average $2.91 per gallon.
South Texas man sent to prison for smuggling, assault
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison after being convicted on charges related to ramming a Border Patrol vehicle during a human smuggling attempt.
Victor Eduardo Acevedo-Ventura was sentenced on Tuesday during a federal court hearing in McAllen.
He had pleaded guilty last year to charges of smuggling and assaulting a federal agent.
Texas unemployment rate for July remains at 4 percent
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate stood at 4 percent for the second consecutive month, just a tick below the national jobless figure of 4.1 percent.
The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday said the state unemployment rate for July was unchanged from June.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A legal advocacy group in Texas says an immigrant from Guatemala has been reunited with his 2-year-old daughter after being separated by authorities when they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in July.
The Texas Civil Rights Project announced Saturday Mario Perez Domingo and his daughter were reunited after the results of a DNA test.
The two had been separated on July 7 after agents didn't believe he was the father, forcing him to submit DNA evidence to prove he was the parent.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two South Texas ex-police officers have been sentenced to federal prison for lying to federal agents to hide a theft of cocaine that had been seized in a drug bust.
A federal judge sentenced 30-year-old Salvador Hernandez of Mission to two years in prison, while 27-year-old Richard Leon Castillo of Pharr drew a prison term of one year and four months.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Seven Mexican nationals are being held on charges they attempted to rob a jewelry store at a busy South Texas mall, setting off a panic among shoppers and warnings by law enforcement of an active shooter.
The men were arraigned Monday on charges that include aggravated robbery. Five of them were charged with failure to identify. McAllen police said it took hours to identify them, delaying the start of the arraignment.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on police reports of an active shooter at a Texas mall (all times local):
Authorities say an attempted robbery at a jewelry store prompted a heavy police response following initial reports of an active shooter at a Texas mall.
McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez said in a statement that the city posted on its Twitter page that the reports of shots fired Saturday were actually the result of glass cases that were smashed at the store at the La Plaza Mall.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Glass cases being smashed during an attempted robbery Saturday at a jewelry store in a popular Texas mall were misconstrued as gunfire and sent people running for the exits, authorities and witnesses said.
All known suspects in the attempted robbery at the La Plaza Mall in McAllen were taken into custody, the city's police chief, Victor Rodriguez, said in a statement that the city government posted on Twitter.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate improved to 4 percent during June to mirror the nationwide jobless figure, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
Last month's rate figure for Texas compares to 4.1 percent in May. The U.S. unemployment rate in May had reached an 18-year low at 3.8 percent before rising during June.
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices have declined this week.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported prices at the pump statewide slipped 3 cents to settle at $2.63 per gallon. Drivers across the country are paying an average $2.86 per gallon, which is down 2 cents from a week ago.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken.
It was hard to sleep with lights shining all night and guards kicking their feet, they say. They were hungry, after being given what they say were frozen sandwiches and smelly food.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Border Patrol arrests fell sharply in June to the lowest level since February, according to a U.S. official, ending a streak of four straight monthly increases.
The drop may reflect seasonal trends or it could signal that President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy to criminally prosecute every adult who enters the country illegally is having a deterrent effect.
WASHINGTON (AP) — They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?"
In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey is joining a growing list of members of the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation to head to the country's southern border.
Markey is planning to visit detention and processing facilities in Port Isabel, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas this weekend.
While at the border, Markey plans to deliver hand-made cards, pictures, and messages of support created by children in Massachusetts to the children and families being detained.
PHOENIX (AP) — First lady Melania Trump made a second visit to a border state Thursday, meeting face to face with people directly affected by her husband's hard-line immigration policies. This time, she chose less controversial apparel than her last trip, which was overshadowed by a jacket.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Ted Cruz, the firebrand Republican senator, and Beto O'Rourke, the ex-punk rocker turned Democratic congressman trying to unseat him, don't agree on much.
But when it comes to the immigration crisis on the border, both have introduced bills that do almost the same thing: They want to prohibit U.S. authorities from separating children from parents who are charged with crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — In an unmarked brick building a few blocks from the Mexican border, immigrant parents clutched folders of birth certificates and asylum paperwork and sat on folding chairs, waiting to use a single, shared landline phone.
They rushed to the phone as their names were called with word that a relative or government worker was on the line, perhaps with news about their children.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A judge in California on Tuesday ordered U.S. border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days, setting a hard deadline in a process that has so far yielded uncertainty about when children might again see their parents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is planning another visit to immigration centers housing migrants who have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The first lady's spokeswoman declined to release any details about the trip, including where or when she plans to go.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democrat hoping to unseat Maine's popular independent Sen. Angus King has returned to the state following his arrest and detainment in Texas.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The 4-month-old Honduran had just entered the United States illegally with a man who first claimed to be her father, then said he was her uncle, and presented what appeared to be a false birth certificate.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration has scaled back a key element of its zero-tolerance immigration policy amid a global uproar over the separation of more than 2,300 migrant families, halting the practice of turning over parents to prosecutors for charges of illegally entering the country.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — One by one, around Father's Day, the surge of Amazon boxes containing shirts, pants, underwear and many other items began arriving at an asylum-seeker rest center in the border town of McAllen, Texas.
Included in the packages were notes of support. One read: "As someone who has a dad who would do anything for their child I hope this helps a few of the dads that come through your doors with the same ideas."