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Lawsuit decisions favoring Starr County reversed; cases to continue

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Former city employees claim they were fired as retaliation

RIO GRANDE CITY — Two lawsuits filed against a Starr County commissioner, as well as the county itself, will be moving forward following a reversal by an appeals court.

The lawsuits, filed by three former county employees, claim ……… read more here. 



For jailed migrants, hunger strikes have mixed results

(KUT News via The Texas Tribune)

The conditions at an immigration detention center in Hutto were too much to bear for Honduran Amalia Arteaga Leal, one of tens of thousands of Central Americans who fled their homeland since last year. She said that they are being mistreated by guards and called names.

So she took a strength-in-numbers approach on Oct. 28 and joined a hunger strike, which eventually …. read more here.


Judge grants injunction for Edcouch alderwoman

Edcouch Alderwoman Rina Castillo, Place 2

EDCOUCH — A judge has ruled in favor of extending a temporary restraining order that prohibits city leaders from replacing an alderwoman for missing three meetings.

Former 13th Court of Appeals justice Rose Vela, in her capacity as a visiting judge in the 139th State District Court in Edinburg, granted Place 2 Alderwoman Rina Castillo an …….. read more here.



Mayor asks review of Romero efforts


Leeser did not respond to requests for comment on why he was asking City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, who authorized the solicitation for a new financial adviser, to oversee a report on that action.

A Times investigation found that West-Central city Rep. Larry Romero began pushing city officials to hire Estrada Hinojosa and Co. of Dallas shortly after being elected to office in 2013, without disclosing his ties to the company.

The El Paso Times discovered a 2014 audio recording in which Noe Hinojosa, the president and chief executive officer of Estrada Hinojosa, told the ……… read more here. 

Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times

Records: Man caught smuggling cocaine on behalf of Sinaloa drug cartel indicted

A man suspected of smuggling cocaine on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel has been indicted in a Laredo federal court, according to an affidavit.

An indictment handed down Nov. 10 charged ……. read more here.

By César G. Rodriguez
Laredo Morning Times

Rep. Vela: House bill reasonable approach for Syrian refugees


U.S. Rep. Filemon B. Vela Jr., D-Brownsville

Congressman Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, was one of 47 democrats in the United States House of Representatives who voted for H.R. 4038, which would pull more agencies into the refugee vetting process.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, also voted in ……… read more here.


Five more Syrian refugees arrive at Texas border seeking asylum

HOUSTON — For the second time in a week, a group of Syrian migrants presented themselves at a Texas border crossing to seek asylum, evidence, some say, that more will be making the journey from Europe as anti-Syrian sentiment spreads following the Paris attacks.

Five Syrians arrived at the busy ………… read more here.


Illegal immigrant children, non-Mexicans surge across border at record rate

REUTERS/ Rick Loomis/Pool

Monthly highs for October, November to date suggest White House victory lap premature

The Southwest border has broken open in recent weeks, with non-Mexicans — and illegal immigrant children in particular — crossing at a record rate in October, according to Border Patrol statistics that suggest the administration’s victory lap earlier this year was premature.

Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied children were caught in October, and nearly 3,000 more had been caught in ……. read more here

– The Washington Times

Feds: Smugglers flee into Mexico

U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed in Brownsville seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana Tuesday in two separate incidents near the Rio Grande.

In both cases, the smugglers fled back to Mexico, authorities said.

The first seizure occurred as ……. read more here.

Staff Report

Border Patrol stops human smuggling attempt

Six undocumented immigrants were arrested last week during an operation conducted by several law ….. read more here.

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