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Rick Jervis

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Past articles by Rick:

Migrants, people of color vulnerable to white extremists groups along US-Mexico border

Fueled by conspiracy theories, white extremists are targeting migrants and other groups, according to Homeland Security and local watchdog groups. → Read More

Border Patrol agents rarely removed or terminated for wrongdoing, according to internal report

A new federal report reveals Border Patrol agents rarely get harsh discipline for misconduct. More than 200 agents were arrested last year. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: 'This is when it all got real': Firefighter log reveals deadly moments at Astroworld

A Houston Fire Department log of the Astroworld Festival obtained exclusively by USA TODAY reveals how the deadly event unfolded. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: As Astroworld disaster unfolded, Houston Fire Department lost contact with private medic group

At Travis Scott concert, a private medical team called ParaDocs worked to treat victims. Amid the chaos, Houston fire officials couldn't reach them. → Read More

Astroworld Festival victims were teens, college students and at least one aspiring model

Astroworld victim Rodolfo Angel Peña was a Laredo college student and aspiring model. He went to the show with friends and died in the crowd crush. → Read More

Biden campaigned against Trump's Mexico border policy. Now he's relaunching it

President Joe Biden's administration is poised to bring back the "Remain in Mexico" policy that denies asylum seekers safety in the United States. → Read More

Texas state troopers arrest thousands of migrants crossing the border. Critics call it unconstitutional.

More than 4,500 migrants have been arrested by Texas law enforcement officers. Critics call it unconstitutional. → Read More

Separated at the border, reunited three years later: Dad and daughter come together at airport

Many of the parents separated from their children were deported to their home countries, leaving behind hundreds of parentless migrant children. → Read More

Analysis: Proposed Texas-Mexico border wall draped in legal, ethical concerns and politics

A wall along the Texas-Mexico border will need exemptions from federal environmental laws, as well as land from private landowners in South Texas. → Read More

'A year that's ripped my heart out': George Floyd family struggles with loss a year since killing

Family and friends of George Floyd still miss his laugh, texts and outgoing personality one year since his murder by police in Minneapolis. → Read More

After days of uncertainty, Chinese rocket reenters atmosphere over Indian Ocean

The U.S. Space Command said it could confirm that the rocket reentered over the Arabian Peninsula at about 10:15 p.m. EDT. → Read More

'Really unpredictable': Chinese rocket hurtling back to Earth; parts of US in possible debris zone

A section of a Chinese rocket is falling to Earth and could hit late Saturday. China's government expects most of it will burn up during reentry. → Read More

'Just crippling': Texans devastated by ice storm are now hunting empty shelves for food and water

The slow-moving winter storm slamming Texas has left many without power, food or fresh water. Officials are strategizing how to combat the problem. → Read More

'It's life or death': Migrants desperately wait for Biden immigration policy changes at US-Mexico border

President Joe Biden has indicated immigration policy changes will be rolled out slowly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has frustrated migrants. → Read More

Alejandro Mayorkas fought for refugees and Dreamers. Can he undo four years of Trump immigration policies?

Alejandro Mayorkas, who emigrated from Cuba, will take over a department roiled by controversies and turnover under the Trump administration. → Read More

Surge of unaccompanied minors at border poses challenge for Biden administration

The number of unaccompanied immigrant minors arriving at the border has spiked in recent months, posing a challenge to Joe Biden's immigration plans. → Read More

Surge of unaccompanied minors at border poses challenge for Biden administration

The number of unaccompanied immigrant minors arriving at the border has spiked in recent months, posing a challenge to Joe Biden's immigration plans. → Read More

Biden administration to house migrant teens at overflow facility in Texas closed under Trump

The Biden administration is reopening an overflow facility to house unaccompanied migrant teens amid a possible surge in apprehensions at the border. → Read More

Biden's effort to reunite Trump-era separated families is trickiest immigration challenge

More than 600 families remain separated, with parents' whereabouts unknown. Biden's efforts to reunite them could be his top immigration challenge. → Read More

'No regrets': Evangelicals and other faith leaders still support Trump after deadly US Capitol attack

Many evangelical leaders continue to fuel President Trump's claim of election fraud and minimize his role in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. → Read More