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Lauren Villagran


El Paso, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Lauren:

US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated

Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel. → Read More

Live updates from Del Rio, Texas: A dozen repatriation flights conducted to Haiti

Mexico has cracked down on the movement of migrants as a migrant encampment on the north side of the river in Texas has drawn international attention. → Read More

Despite threats of repatriation to Haiti, migrant families survive in a camp beside Rio Grande

As of Tuesday evening, when the Texas Department of Public Safety provided media access, there were roughly 8,600 people in the makeshift camp. → Read More

Del Rio live updates: Mexico continues crackdown, Haitian migrants set up camp in Acuña

Mexican authorities continued a crackdown on migrants in Ciudad Acuña as the international bridge remains closed. → Read More

Facing possible expulsion to Haiti, some migrants leave Del Rio, Texas, encampment

Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas said the U.S. intended to expel Haitian migrants to Haiti or other countries on up to three flights per day → Read More

Del Rio live updates: El Paso humanitarian for Haitian migrants

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas is expected to arrive in Del Rio with additional personnel as officials work to process the migrants. → Read More

A rare peek inside the Fort Bliss Afghan refugee camp, 'Doña Ana Village'

An austere Army camp built in the 1960s to house 1,800 soldiers in training has expanded into a campus supporting nearly 10,000 Afghan refugees. → Read More

New El Paso Border Patrol 'targeting team' generates sharp uptick in migrant stash house busts

El Paso-area Border Patrol have uncovered 264 stash houses so far this fiscal year. → Read More

Following Abbott order, Texas revokes licenses for unaccompanied migrant children's shelters

Organizations that shelter unaccompanied migrant children in Texas on behalf of the Office of Refugee Resettlement say they will still meet standards. → Read More

'Resilient and joyful': Rep. Veronica Escobar meets first Afghan refugee families at Fort Bliss

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar shares observations from her first tour of an Afghan refugee shelter at Fort Bliss → Read More

Back-to-school on the border means long wait times for US citizen students

Border Patrol reinstates "student" lanes at the Paso del Norte bridge to facilitate flows, but conditions at Ysleta-Zaragoza bridge remain overcrowded → Read More

DHS extends restrictions on 'non-essential' US-Mexico border travel through Aug. 21

The Department of Homeland Security extended border travel restrictions through Aug. 21 as Mexico vaccinations lag U.S. → Read More

El Paso officials announce effort to vaccinate 50,000 Mexican maquiladora workers

El Paso officials, including Rep. Veronica Escobar, announced an effort to vaccinate 50,000 Mexican maquiladora workers to help Borderland herd immunity. → Read More

Feds threaten to sue Texas over Gov. Greg Abbott's immigration 'disaster' declaration

The U.S. Health and Human Services department is challenging Gov. Greg Abbott's order to revoke licenses for shelters for unaccompanied children. → Read More

CBP to build new 'central processing' facility in El Paso to hold migrant families, children

The new Border Patrol "Central Processing Center" would provide "safe, secure" space to process migrant families and children. → Read More

Fort Bliss facility to receive 500 migrant boys who arrived unaccompanied at the border

The temporary shelter at Fort Bliss will host boys 13 to 17 years old and won't be staffed by the military. → Read More

US opens new 'influx' shelter in West Texas to house unaccompanied migrant children

The Office of Refugee Resettlement says its Pecos, Texas, shelter can expand to house 2,000 unaccompanied migrant children. → Read More

Mexico announces new pandemic-related border restrictions

Mexico announces first restrictions on non-essential travel at land ports of entry. The US also extended its similar restrictions at ports of entry. → Read More

A year into border restrictions over COVID-19, where are we now?

We're offering a preview of our subscriber exclusive on border closures due to COVID-19. Please consider a subscription to read the complete story. → Read More

At the US-Mexico border, some migrant families are taken in, others 'kicked out'

The Biden administration's pandemic border policies give some families a chance in the U.S., force others back to Mexico → Read More