Border Patrol staff didn’t review sick 8-year-old girl’s file before she died in Texas facility
An internal investigation finds that Border Patrol medical staff declined to review the file of an 8-year-old girl with a chronic heart condition and rare blood disorder before died on her ninth day in custody.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation finds multiple failings in the death of 8-year-old girl in federal custody
After discovering that contracted medical staff ignored the mother’s pleas to take the girl to the hospital as her condition declined, the federal agency said it is taking action to ensure an in-custody death “never happens again.”
8-year-old girl dies while in federal custody on the border
The child and her family were in custody at a border station in Harlingen before she was transported to a local hospital. The death comes less than a week after the expiration of Title 42, which had allowed authorities to quickly expel migrants from the U.S. during the pandemic.
Facing harsh criticism in the Melissa Lucio case, Texas prosecutor may temporarily spare the woman many believe is innocent
Federal judges, five jurors who convicted her and a roster of family, politicians and celebrities believe there are substantive doubts about whether the death of Lucio’s 2-year-old daughter was even a murder. A prosecutor Tuesday appeared to open the door to canceling her scheduled April 27 execution.
More than half of the Texas House wants to stop the execution of Melissa Lucio, convicted of killing her toddler
Despite substantive doubts surrounding the cause of her child’s death and a suspect “confession” obtained after hours of interrogation, Lucio is set to be executed next month for killing her 2-year-old daughter.
South Texas city brings coronavirus vaccine to the homebound
HARLINGEN, Texas – Firefighters and ambulance crews in a South Texas city that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic are bringing vaccines directly to the homes of its most vulnerable people. As part of Harlingen’s new Homebound Vaccination Program, a team of 15 firefighters is working with the South Texas Emergency Care Foundation to find homebound residents and offer them the vaccine, the Valley Morning Star reported. Harlingen officials have been calling homebound residents whose names are on a list created by the emergency care foundation and offering them a chance to get vaccinated. AdSince the city launched the program Monday, the team has vaccinated about 20 homebound residents, Ramirez said. “They’re very eager, very thankful, very excited to be vaccinated,” Ramirez said.
In his first public appearance since Capitol riot, Trump visits Texas border to tout wall construction
The visit to the Rio Grande Valley drew concern from border lawmakers and activists who said the events of last week were still too fresh. Several lawsuits slowed or halted construction in large swaths of Texas, but some construction did occur in areas where other administrations couldn’t or wouldn’t break ground. The president, who was alone at the podium near the border wall during his remarks, also briefly condemned last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol. “President Trump, who orchestrated last week’s treasonous riots on the U.S. Capitol, is scheduled to fly to the Rio Grande Valley,” he said. “With a nation in crisis in the wake of a mob attack on the nation’s capital and reeling from an uncontrollable pandemic, President Trump is employing precious government resources to highlight his atrocious border wall.
Photos: Texans await President Donald Trump in Rio Grande Valley
President Donald Trump greets supporters as he arrives on Air Force One at Valley International Airport, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Harlingen, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)HARLINGEN – A few dozen supporters of President Donald Trump toting flags and other imagery rallied in the cold weather in Harlingen in anticipation of his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. The supporters gathered near the Valley International Airport, where Trump landed before he headed to the town of Alamo. His comments were made during his first appearance in public since the Capitol siege, which came as lawmakers were tallying Electoral College votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. WATCH: Trump says remarks to supporters last week were ‘totally appropriate’Read also:
Three people, ages 18-20, arrested after throwing eggs, insults at Trump prayer group, police say
HARLINGEN, Texas – Three people were arrested after a Trump prayer group was disrupted and eggs were thrown at demonstrators, Harlingen Police said on Monday. According to witnesses, a man— later identified as John Rivas— began to throw eggs at the prayer group for President Donald Trump that was meeting on the grass lot. Police said when the group addressed Rivas and asked him to stop, he then displayed a knife. Two women were also arrested for disruption of a meeting, police said. Marilyn Lopez, 19, and Miliannie Ortiz-Ruiz, 18, were with Rivas during the incident and were screaming insults at the crowd during the investigation.
Five U.S. Navy teams deploy to Rio Grande Valley, other Texas coronavirus hot spots
The U.S. Navy has deployed teams to help deal with coronavirus surges in the Rio Grande Valley and other Texas hot spots. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneMedical professionals from the U.S. Navy were deployed Sunday to aid hospitals in four cities across southern Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, according to Gov. Early on in the pandemic, hot spots were mainly tied to outbreaks in enclosed spaces, like meatpacking plants and nursing homes. Five U.S. Navy teams were sent to four locations across Texass southern region: Harlingen, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Rio Grande City. Ambulance operators in the Rio Grande Valley area described wait times of up to 10 hours to deliver patients to packed emergency rooms.
With 4 in 5 Texans living in a "red zone," coronavirus hot spots are moving targets
Over the four months of Texas course of the coronavirus, early hot spots Amarillo among them have been eclipsed by new regions in crisis now, South Texas. That behavior, particularly among young people, may be responsible for dozens of new hot spots that will be more difficult to eradicate. Those 123 "red zone" counties are home to some 23 million Texans the vast majority of the state's population. Typically, rural and community hospitals transfer patients to urban hospitals for acute care. Two weeks ago, there were just seven positive COVID-19 patients in the Amarillo hospital; by this week, that had more than tripled to 24.