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Past articles by Sandra:

El Paso bridge incident has South Texas ports on alert

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are remaining watchful at South Texas ports of entry after hundreds of asylum-seekers on Sunday stormed an international bridge leading to El Paso in West Texas, officials said. → Read More

3 South Texas women missing in Mexico, police say

Three women from the South Texas border town of Peñitas have been missing in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo León for two weeks, local law enforcement tells Border Report. → Read More

Florida judge strikes down Biden’s Alternatives to Detention program

A federal judge in Florida has struck down the Biden administration’s controversial Alternatives to Detention parole monitoring program for asylum-seekers, drawing strong criticisms from migrant advocates who urge DHS to appeal. → Read More

Unseasonable 100-degree heat in South Texas border worries migrant aid workers

Triple-digit heat is expected to hit the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, worrying migrant aid workers who are boosting supplies to Mexican border encampments where asylum-seekers live, Border Report has learned. → Read More

‘Endangered’ milkweed could affect state’s plans to build border wall in South Texas

Despite protests from the State of Texas, the federal government has listed as endangered a rare milkweed plant that monarch butterflies thrive on and is designating miles of critical habitat on the South Texas border that could affect future state border wall development. → Read More

Parents sending migrant children alone across border into South Texas

Several asylum-seeking families who are waiting in northern Mexican border towns have begun sending their children alone across international bridges into South Texas, and might not see their children again for months or even years, human rights groups told Border Report on Thursday. → Read More

Rifles, ammo hidden in ice chest at South Texas port of entry

Federal officers seized high-power rifles, magazines and belt feeder clips hidden in an ice chest and mini-refrigerator at the Del Rio International Bridge in South Texas, officials said. → Read More

House Democratic leader tours border, urges GOP not to politicize immigration

The Democratic leader of the House toured the South Texas border for the first time on Friday and dared Republicans to come up with “real solutions” to immigration reform, rather than political attention. → Read More

China and Mexico to blame for fentanyl trafficking across U.S. borders, lawmakers say

During a congressional field hearing held on the South Texas border this week on fentanyl and illegal immigration, several lawmakers accused China and Mexico of not doing enough to stem the flow of the illicit synthetic drug. → Read More

House minority leader to visit South Texas border

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Friday plans to visit the South Texas border town of Laredo to meet with local leaders "about the challenges and opportunities facing border communities," according to a news release. → Read More

Lawmakers spar over lumping nation’s opioid crisis with illegal immigration

A cadre of House Republicans came to the South Texas border on Wednesday and held the first field hearing of the new Congress on what they dubbed “President Biden’s Border Crisis is a Public Health Crisis.” → Read More

Democrats want $20M for less intrusive migrant case management program

hree dozen Democrats in Congress are asking for millions of dollars for the Department of Homeland Security to expand a migrant case management program that assists asylum-seekers living in the United States without detention or technical surveillance. → Read More

GOP congressional delegation holding ‘Biden’s Border Crisis’ hearing in RGV

A Republican-led congressional hearing will be held Wednesday in the South Texas border town of Weslaco. → Read More

Tomato shipment turns out to be 13 kilos of fentanyl

A Mexican national must serve nine years in federal prison for conspiracy to import 13 kilograms of deadly fentanyl as tomatoes through Laredo, Texas, U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani announced. → Read More

2,000 ammo rounds found at South Texas bridge

Over 2,000 rounds of ammunition were confiscated at the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in South Texas heading south to Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday. → Read More

Invasive water plants clog Rio Grande and South Texas water canals

An invasive water plant is spreading from shore to shore across the Rio Grande — spanning from Mexico to the United States, and clogging U.S. canals that supply water to South Texas towns. Border Report found spots on the international river completely covered by the plant → Read More

Texas A&M, faith-based nonprofit to study water contamination in border ‘colonias’

Contaminated drinking water in poor colonias is drawing new attention to what many say is an old problem for the substandard neighborhoods found on the Southwest border with Mexico. → Read More

Young Russian family escaped Russian war to South Texas border on ‘miracle’ journey

Mikhail Manzurin gets a little shaky when reliving what his young family went through for the past four months after losing his job as a teacher because he spoke out against Russia's war in Ukraine and escaping Moscow, fearing he would be jailed. → Read More

Report: Immigration backlog hits 2 million with wait times dragging up to 4 years

The total number of pending immigration cases now tops over 2 million with backlog wait times on average of four years, and for the first time ever, the number of pending asylum cases exceeds 800,000, according to a new report. → Read More

Final border wall contract awarded until Texas lawmakers OK more money

The Texas Facilities Commission on Thursday approved a $137 million contract to a Texas company to continue building the state’s border wall, at less money than recently awarded to a private border wall builder. But no more contracts will be awarded until the Texas Legislature approves more border security funds. → Read More