Lauren Villagran, El Paso Times

Lauren Villagran

El Paso Times

El Paso, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Lauren:

Juárez returns to 'red light' level restrictions as coronavirus infections surge

'Red light' restrictions in Juárez include a prohibition on weekend alcohol sales, jail time for anyone who organizes a party and a 10 p.m. curfew. → Read More

Report: As COVID cases surge, El Paso has a 96% chance of maxing out ICU

A University of Texas modeling project predicts El Paso hospitals have a 96% chance of running out of ICU beds by Nov. 8. → Read More

'Idealism has taken a back seat': Young El Paso voters say they're voting for pragmatism

Inspired by Bernie Sanders and Beto O'Rourke, progressive El Paso voters say the pandemic, health care and "human decency" are their top concerns. → Read More

A new El Paso shelter for migrant children opened its doors. But where are the kids?

As the Trump administration expels unaccompanied migrant children in response to the pandemic, the shelter system to protect them is largely empty → Read More

Apprehensions at Southwest border plunge as pandemic curbs migration

The Trump administration is turning back nearly every migrant under a public health law as the pandemic also curbs migration to the U.S. border. → Read More

If the phone rings and Oprah's on the line, it's not a scam. Beto O'Rourke's at it again

Beto O'Rourke has redirected his supporters' energy to turning likely Democrats out to vote in Texas in hopes of turning the state blue. → Read More

Reportedly stolen from Mexico, letters from the Spanish conquest go for thousands at auction

Corruption and a conquistador: Papers penned by Hernán Cortés in the 1500s disappear from Mexico's national archive, reappear at auctions in New York → Read More

Texas lawmakers to DHS: Deliver a plan to ease restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border

As border restrictions enter their seventh month, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Trump administration to offer a plan to safely reopen → Read More

What to know about Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visit to Juárez on Friday

Amid the pandemic, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visits Juárez to see the fruits of federal investment in urban improvement projects. → Read More

El Paso Bishop finds desperation, hope during visit to Juárez migrant shelters

COVID-19 has compounded life for asylum seekers in Juárez. This week, El Paso Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz visited three shelters and delivered aid. → Read More

EPISD delays return of in-person classes to end of October because of rise in COVID-19 cases

El Paso Independent School District is postponing the return to in-person classes after El Paso County reported an increase in COVID-19 cases. → Read More

At the six-month mark, El Pasoans face headaches and heartache over U.S.-Mexico border restrictions

Borderland residents adapt to record waits six months into travel restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border, put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 → Read More

Gov. Abbott: Mexico owes Texas a year's worth of Rio Grande water

With reservoirs running low, Mexican farmers have blocked the federal government from delivering on its water obligations to the US → Read More

Juárez celebrates Mexico's Independence Day with scaled-back parade

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Juárez celebrated Mexican Independence Day with a scaled-back parade and festivities. → Read More

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo discusses border culture, Walmart mass shooting in new podcast

The Brookings Institution podcast launches a five-part series on immigration featuring El Paso Mayor Dee Margo in an episode about the Borderland. → Read More

Attorney: Immigrant woman to be deported after accusing ICE guards of sexual assault

Amid investigation into allegations of sexual assault at an ICE facility, a detained woman who accused guards of sexual abuse awaits deportation → Read More

El Paso County, Border Network ask Supreme Court to review border wall case

El Paso County, Border Network ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case against Trump's use of military funds to build a border wall → Read More

US Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan tours new border wall area near El Paso

U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Mark Morgan tours new stretch of 30-foot steel border wall near El Paso's Ysleta Port of Entry. → Read More

Border wait times surge at El Paso crossing as CBP cracks down on 'non-essential' travel

Amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increased border crossings, CBP closes lanes and increases scrutiny at Southwest border ports of entry. → Read More

CBP: Nonessential travelers will face greater scrutiny at US-Mexico border

Travelers at El Paso ports of entry should expect increased wait times as CBP increases scrutiny of nonessential crossings. → Read More