Tribpedia: Border

Houston Sheriff Still Shielding Killer's Record

Victor Reyes, shown in 2001 jail mug shot from Hidalgo County. Authorities say Reyes, an undocumented immigrant, went on a January 2015 shooting spree in Harris County that killed two and wounded three.
Victor Reyes, shown in 2001 jail mug shot from Hidalgo County. Authorities say Reyes, an undocumented immigrant, went on a January 2015 shooting spree in Harris County that killed two and wounded three.

In a move highlighting the veil of secrecy hanging over the files of foreign nationals convicted of crimes, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has decided to keep secret its investigative files on a Mexican national whose 2015 shooting spree in Houston left two people dead and three injured.  

A picture of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is released by Mexican law enforcement officials in February 2014 after Guzmán was captured.
A picture of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is released by Mexican law enforcement officials in February 2014 after Guzmán was captured.

Fugitive Drug Lord "El Chapo" has been Captured

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Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico nearly six months ago, has been recaptured, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday.

In 2014, a Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helped hundreds of displaced immigrants who had crossed the Texas-Mexico border.
In 2014, a Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helped hundreds of displaced immigrants who had crossed the Texas-Mexico border.

U.S. Plans Raids to Deport Families who Surged Across Border

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The Department of Homeland Security has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of families who have flocked to the United States since the start of last year, according to people familiar with the operation.

Nearly 180 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who crossed the Texas-Mexico border are temporarily staying at the Sabine Creek Ranch in Rockwall County.
Nearly 180 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who crossed the Texas-Mexico border are temporarily staying at the Sabine Creek Ranch in Rockwall County.

In Time for Christmas, Ranch Opens Beds to Migrant Kids

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At the Sabine Creek Ranch in Rockwall County, owners Eddie and Sarah Walker are preparing a special Christmas Eve dinner with tamales followed by an evening of caroling for their 179 guests, all unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Officials with Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement say the children left their homes in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America to flee gang violence and poverty.

“For us it was no question,” Eddie Walker said. “Initially, I was seeing reports on the news of kids in border patrol offices, crammed together at different ages, and I’m sitting here with 300 beds in the backyard.”

Read the full story at KERA News.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, at a Texas Tribune Event on UT San Antonio Campus, Sept. 24, 2014.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, at a Texas Tribune Event on UT San Antonio Campus, Sept. 24, 2014.

Cuellar: Budget Deal Includes Foreign Aid To Stem Illegal Immigration

In a rare bipartisan compromise on illegal immigration, the next federal budget will provide nearly $1 billion in funding for Mexico and Central America to help stop the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar announced Wednesday. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference Tuesday in Edinburg after a briefing with law enforcement officials. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference Tuesday in Edinburg after a briefing with law enforcement officials. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser.

Ted Cruz Goes Hunting in the Valley of Democrats

Long used to enrapturing friendly crowds in the reddest parts of beet-red Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday with a less familiar task: finding a receptive audience in one of the state's few remaining Democratic bastions.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during the joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking in La Joya, Texas July 24th, 2014
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during the joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking in La Joya, Texas July 24th, 2014

Analysis: Bickering Over Inquiries, With a Legislative Audience

As the Texas Legislature debates moving ethics investigations out of Travis County, an exchange between prosecutors and state police illustrates some of the problems ahead.

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on House Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on House Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.

Efforts to Divert Border Security Funding Mostly Fall Flat

House Democrats tried – and mostly failed – to divert funds allotted for border security and the Texas Department of Public Safety to other departments during Tuesday’s budget debate. But the rancor over immigration enforcement that many expected didn’t materialize after lawmakers agreed to pull down amendments.

 

Compassion, Tempered by a Broken System

Gov. Rick Perry has been outspoken in his frustration with the immigration system, Julián Aguilar writes. Perry says the system is broken and puts state lawmakers on the spot in deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own. Critics say his compassion toward the undocumented population has waned since he took office.

Newsreel: House Speaker, SBOE, Border Surge

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This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: House Speaker Joe Straus appears to be locking down his position on the dais, the State Board of Education is again considering materials for textbooks and state leadership wants to keep the surge of law enforcement on the border in place through August.

Governor Rick Perry gives a pep talk to National Guard troops training for deployment to the Texas border at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry gives a pep talk to National Guard troops training for deployment to the Texas border at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.

On Border, Questions Over National Guard Troops' Needs

Democrats say media reports that some National Guard troops on the border haven't been paid and can't afford basic necessities are infuriating. Republican Gov. Rick Perry's office says the National Guard is fully equipped to help them.