Rafael Carranza, El Paso Times

Rafael Carranza

El Paso Times

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Past articles by Rafael:

'Terrifying and painful' deaths of 2 migrant kids at border were preventable, doctors tell Congress

Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal and eight-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo died about two weeks apart after crossing the border illegally with their fathers. → Read More

Migrant rescues in Arizona desert exceed 2019 total despite COVID-19 pandemic

The number of migrants rescued by Border Patrol agents in the Arizona desert so far this year has already surpassed the total for fiscal year 2019. → Read More

Sonora health officials seek tougher border restrictions with Arizona over COVID-19 spread

The Mexican government said U.S. visitors would be vetted at border crossings during the Fourth of July weekend and that tourists will be turned away. → Read More

Overcrowding, substandard care for migrants at US Border Patrol facilities in 2019 surge, watchdog report says

A federal watchdog office's report shows the struggles Customs and Border Protection had in providing care to migrants that arrived en masse in 2019. → Read More

U.S. has turned away 41,000 migrants at southern border since pandemic restrictions began

U.S. Customs and Border Protection turned away 92 % of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, their enforcement statistics for May show. → Read More

U.S. border agency misused congressional funds meant for migrant care, watchdog says

A congressional audit concluded that U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated the law by misspending money earmarked for migrant care. → Read More

Trump administration wants input on private border wall construction

Customs and Border Protection is requesting information from contractors about allowing private businesses to build border walls on private property. → Read More

The Arizona-Mexico border is usually busy during Holy Week. This year, it's silent amid global coronavirus crisis

Thousands along the U.S.-Mexico border travel during Holy Week. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, border officials are asking people to stay home. → Read More

U.S. border agency confirms 160 COVID-19 cases among customs officers, border agents

Customs and Border Protection, responsible for securing U.S. borders, confirmed on Monday that 160 of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19. → Read More

Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus as border states press for more restrictions

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador began to heed the advice from public health experts and encouraged people in Mexico to stay home to avoid COVID-19. → Read More

Mexico shuts down Nogales border crossing indefinitely, limits cargo processing

Mexican customs officers shut down the downtown pedestrian crossing in Nogales, a move that could further hurt U.S. businesses in the area. → Read More

Advocates: Shut down border wall construction during coronavirus pandemic

Civil rights groups sent a letter to the Trump administration urging a halt to border wall activities while COVID-19 remains a threat. → Read More

Protesters in Mexico block lanes at Arizona border crossing to demand stricter coronavirus screenings

Protesters on the Mexican side of the border with the United States blocked the crossing due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. → Read More

Migrants fear getting stuck in Mexico as Trump hints at border restrictions

Migrants and advocates expressed concern about the Trump administration's plans to turn back migrants at the border because of the new coronavirus. → Read More

Trump to deploy 160 active duty troops to border in response to court rulings, coronavirus

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the deployment to San Diego and El Paso would begin Saturday and last for two weeks. → Read More

Trump to deploy 160 active duty troops to border in response to court rulings, coronavirus

The Trump administration will deploy 160 active-duty soldiers to El Paso and San Diego in response to federal court rulings. → Read More

Supreme Court sends Arizona cross-border shooting case of José Antonio Elena Rodriguez back to appeals court

The Supreme Court has sent back an Arizona cross-border shooting case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration. → Read More

Federal court temporarily halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

The “Remain in Mexico” policy took effect in January 2019 in San Diego. Nearly 60,000 people have been sent back since the policy began. → Read More

Confusion on the border: Court halts Trump's "Remain in Mexico" rule then reverses itself

The “Remain in Mexico” policy took effect in January 2019 in San Diego. Nearly 60,000 people have been sent back since the policy began. → Read More

Court temporarily halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a 2-1 vote to put on hold the policy that furthered President Trump’s asylum crackdown. → Read More