Sandra Sanchez, WSAV News 3

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Recent articles by Sandra:

With ‘Remain in Mexico’ over, asylum-seekers can stay in U.S. as their cases play out in court

The Biden administration’s decision to end the remain in Mexico program has stoked strong reactions from those who want migrants to be able to claim asylum in the United States, and those who believe they should remain south of the border during their immigration proceedings. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Border-barrier crews taking water from South Texas canals despite drought restrictions

Despite water restrictions imposed on residents in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas due to an ongoing drought, water is being taken from area canals beside the river for use on border barrier construction, Border Report has learned. → Read More

Water restrictions ordered in Rio Grande Valley as drought persists

The two largest cities in the Rio Grande Valley have implemented mandatory water restrictions as water levels in two reservoirs hit near-record lows due to an ongoing drought. → Read More

Mayorkas traveling to Central America to meet with Honduran president

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is traveling to Honduras this week to meet with Hondura’s president over increasing migration from the Central American country. The visit comes as a growing number of Hondurans are crossing the border from Mexico and trying to claim asylum in the United States. → Read More

South Texan convicted of bringing meth across border inside truck’s tires

A South Texas man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for illegally transporting bricks of drugs across the Mexican border that were smuggled inside his pickup truck tires. → Read More

Mexican man pleads guilty to smuggling 85 migrants in locked trailer

A Mexican national has plead guilty to illegally transporting 85 undocumented migrants for financial gain through South Texas heat in a locked trailer, the Justice Department said Friday. → Read More

Uvalde report: Frequent migrant smuggler ‘bailouts’ diminished ‘vigilance’

A state report detailing the failings of law enforcement and school officials relating to the May 24 massacre in Uvalde, Texas, also found that immigration-related crimes desensitizes border commun… → Read More

2 Texas men indicted in San Antonio human smuggling truck deaths

Two Texas men have been indicted on charges relating to the deaths of 53 migrants who were found in a stifling tractor trailer on June 27 in San Antonio in what is the deadliest human smuggling incident ever in the United States. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: San Antonio migrant deaths included 11 with ‘serious criminal records,’ congressman says

Eleven of the 53 migrants who died in San Antonio in June inside an 18-wheeler truck had “serious criminal records in the U.S.,” U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from the Texas border, told Border Report in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. → Read More

Migrant stash houses uncovered during South Texas hot spell

Border Patrol agents apprehended 48 migrants in two South Texas stash houses on Tuesday in triple-digit heat. → Read More

COVID-19 spiking on South Texas border as omicron variant spreads

Coronavirus rates on the South Texas border are spiking again and attributed to fast-spreading omicron variants, health officials tell Border Report. The increase in cases come as Mexican officials are dealing with record drought conditions and water rationing that is affecting health south of the border. → Read More

Migrant criminal case referrals are up along Southwest border

Federal authorities are referring more migrant cases to criminal federal courts at the highest levels since the pandemic began, according to new data. → Read More

Port of Brownsville on South Texas border could be deepest Gulf port

South Texas economic leaders have signed an agreement with federal authorities that puts the region one step closer to having the deepest port on the Gulf of Mexico. → Read More

Crowded migrant shelter must ration water in sweltering Mexican border town

– A newly opened migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, already has 2,000 asylum seekers and is getting more by the day. But a water shortage and drought that has forced rationing within the border city is affecting the health and welfare of the migrants, an NGO worker told Border Repor → Read More

CBP head: Horse patrol units in Del Rio were ‘unprofessional,’ shouldn’t have been part of crowd control

Ten months after U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback were accused of improperly treating masses of migrants under an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, the head of the agency said an invest… → Read More

Honduran family on MPP ordered deported as Supreme Court lets Trump-era policy end

The court removal document issued by a Houston judge ordering one of the first families who were sent back to Mexico from South Texas under the remain-in-Mexico program to now be deported back to t… → Read More

Proposed border budget has more money for agents, less for detaining migrants

The House Appropriations Committee has voted to increase funding for border security for two Homeland Security agencies by nearly $3 billion in Fiscal Year 2023, but to slash funding for migrant detention and monitoring. → Read More

Texas lawmakers split down party lines on abortion decision

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — From the White House to state houses, reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday that there is no constitutional right to abortion had lawmakers split mostly along party lines. This held true in Texas, a state with a trigger law that will take effect in 30 days and will […] → Read More

Phones assigned to released migrants can’t make, take calls unless it’s ICE

For years the Department of Homeland Security has released migrants into the United States after strapping bulky ankle monitors on them, but now nearly 200,000 asylum seekers have been loaned speci… → Read More

U.S. and Mexican ambassadors promote Binational River Park at border conference in D.C.

A day after the Laredo City Council raised concern when it planned to discuss a proposed multi-million-dollar Binational River Park involving the South Texas city and its Mexican city counterpart, Nuevo Laredo, two ambassadors on Wednesday hyped the project during a border trade conference in Washington, D.C., Border Report has learned. → Read More