Lauren Villagran, El Paso Times

Lauren Villagran

El Paso Times

El Paso, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Lauren:

Juárez factories 'scrambling' as U.S. auto companies push to reopen amid coronavirus

As they reopen their plants in U.S., the Big Three and other auto manufacturers need Mexican factories to rev up the critical supply chain on which they depend. → Read More

U.S.-Mexico border to remain closed to 'non-essential' through June 22

DHS first restricted all non-essential travel at the U.S.-Mexico border on March 20. The new restrictions remains in place until June 22. → Read More

Chihuahua governor announces slow reopening of economy amid coronavirus

As Juarez hits peak of COVID-19 contagion, Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral announces plans to slowly reopen the border state's economy → Read More

'I couldn't just wait': Dreadful Things owner makes online sales dream come true

The coronavirus shut down her small business just days after her "grand reopening." But Francella Salgado saw the silver lining. → Read More

Border patrol agents, officers say they have access to PPE. So why aren't they all using it?

Sometimes they use it; sometimes they don't: Border agents say U.S. Customs and Border Protection has provided ample PPE but its use isn't mandated → Read More

Despite COVID-19 cases inside, immigration court continues in detention centers

Despite COVID-19 cases inside Otero and El Paso immigrant detention centers, immigration court continues on; some judges rely on telephonic hearings → Read More

As Texas reopens, El Paso mayor says city not yet 'out of the woods' with coronavirus

El Paso braces for reopening; retail stores, shopping malls, movie theaters and restaurants can reopen today at 25% capacity. → Read More

Meet the Catholic priest performing last rites as coronavirus upends end-of-life rituals

In the age of coronavirus, most hospitals have shut out clergy. One Catholic priest continues to anoint the sick at El Paso's county hospital. → Read More

Skyrocketing prices, weak peso: Juarez families juggle the fallout of coronavirus pandemic

Amid coronavirus, a global economic slowdown drags down the Mexican makes it even harder for Juarez families to survive job losses and wage cuts. → Read More

'Better dead than fired?' Juarez workers strike as US plants fight to stay open amid COVID-19

At special risk of contracting COVID-19, Juarez maquiladora workers strike to stay home with full pay as U.S. companies push to stay open → Read More

Advocates: Trump plan to 'suspend immigration' amid coronavirus may hurt border families

Advocates say President Trump's plan to suspend immigration amid the coronavirus will hurt a lot of bi-national families in the El Paso border region. → Read More

ICE reports 4 new coronavirus cases in El Paso immigrant detention center

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reports 4 new cases of COVID-19 at El Paso area immigrant detention centers, bringing total to 5 → Read More

'All I want is a tranquil life:' Asylum claims skyrocket in Mexico as Haitians flee to U.S. border

For many asylum seekers, the 7,000 mile journey from Chile leads to Mexico - where waiting and uncertainty becomes their new way of life. → Read More

Juárez funeral homes opt for 'direct cremations' in COVID-19, atypical pneumonia deaths

The WHO, on COVID-19 burials, said victims could be buried or cremated but that mortuary workers should keep handling of the body to a minimum. → Read More

Advocates: Two cases of coronavirus detected at El Paso-area immigrant detention center

One employee and one detained migrant have tested positive for the coronavirus → Read More

UTEP economist: Borderland in for 'bumpy ride' as coronavirus slams economy

During virtual conference, UTEP professors, a medical doctor and Mexican diplomats revealed the likely impacts on the Borderland economy of coronavirus → Read More

Chihuahua police, health workers check for coronavirus at US-Mexico border

Chihuahua state police and health workers set up border checkpoints at international bridges to screen some drivers for symptoms of the coronavirus → Read More

'It has changed a lot': Rush hour traffic at international bridge nearly gone due to COVID-19

As border travel is restricted and El Paso and Juarez face stay home orders, the once busy bridge lines have become nearly nonexistent at rush hour. → Read More

Juarez assembly plants confront health, economic crisis tied to coronavirus

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, twin plants in Juarez and El Paso increase sanitation measures to keep up manufacturing; workers worry about exposure → Read More

Coronavirus separations strain Borderland united after El Paso Walmart shooting

The El Paso Walmart shooting last August united border residents in grief, anger and strength. Now coronavirus threatens to drive us apart. → Read More