Gun used in kidnapping of Americans in Mexico came from US
Federal court documents say the a man who admitted to purchasing firearms that he knew would be going from the U.S. to a Mexican drug cartel was arrested in Texas after the discovery that one of the weapons was linked to the deadly kidnapping of four Americans in the border city of Matamoros.
Sister grieves for American killed in Mexico kidnapping
Prepping for his first trip out of the country, 28-year-old Zindell Brown of Lake City, South Carolina, had something more than nerves. Perhaps it was a premonition about the trip he and several friends were taking to Mexico. “He said, 'Something, it just doesn’t feel right,’” his older sister Zalandria Brown told The Associated Press over the phone.news.yahoo.com
DPS urges Texans to avoid spring break travel to Mexico
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to avoid traveling to Mexico during spring break, and beyond, due to the ongoing violence throughout that country.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Destructive tortoise beetle found in pineapple shipment at Progreso port
An invasive species destructive to the agriculture industry known as the tortoise beetle was found in a shipment of fresh pineapple attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico at the Progreso port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release Friday. Federal authorities at the Progreso-Nuevo Progreso International Bridge stopped a tractor-trailer that was carrying fresh pineapple Tuesday, and during their examination of the vehicle, a CBP agriculture specialist found the beetle on the floor of the trailer, which was refused entry. After submitting the beetle to an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture it was “confirmed as belonging to the genus Stolas sp.,” also known as Chrysomelidae. “CBP Agriculture Specialists play a vital role in safeguarding our frontline by protecting the agriculture industry which in turn protects our economy,” Progreso port Director Walter Weaver said in the release. “The vigilance displayed by CBP Agriculture Specialists at the Port of Progreso is a prime example of their commitment to the CBP mission.”This beetle, in the Chrysomelidae family, are also known as leaf beetles and are known to feed on plants.myrgv.com
Texas House unveils bill giving state authority to 'repel' and return migrants crossing from Mexico
House Bill 20 by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, would test the boundaries of the state’s ability to enforce immigration law, which courts have historically ruled falls under federal purview.sacurrent.com
FBI creates new tip line for information about case involving 4 abducted Americans in Mexico
The San Antonio Division of the FBI created a new Digital Media Tip Line to help them identify the person or people responsible for the murders and kidnapping of a group of U.S. citizens who visited Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on March 3.
3 women missing in Mexico after crossing from Texas on trip
PEÑITAS, Texas (AP) — Two sisters from Texas and a friend are missing in Mexico after they crossed the border last month to sell clothes at a flea market, U.S. authorities said Friday. The abduction of four Americans in Mexico that was caught on video last week received an avalanche of attention and was resolved in a matter of days. The FBI said Friday it is aware that two sisters from Peñitas, a small border city in Texas near McAllen, and their friend have gone missing.news.yahoo.com
Ukrainians who fled war face end of temporary US sanctuary
When U.S. officials at the U.S.-Mexico border stamped the Ukrainian passports of Mariia and her daughter last April and gave them permission to stay for a year, she figured she would return home within months. Now with that year almost up and the war that caused them to flee still raging, their permission to stay in the U.S. — known as humanitarian parole — is set to expire April 23. The 46-year-old woman and her daughter, now 13, are among 20,000 Ukrainians in a similar situation, according to resettlement agencies.news.yahoo.com
Mexico vows not to budge on US corn dispute
Mexico's president vowed Tuesday not to back down in a dispute with the United States over a potential ban on imports of genetically modified corn. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced Monday it had called for consultations with Mexico over proposed rules that would ban GM corn for human consumption. Mexico has said it could eventually ban it for animal feed as well.news.yahoo.com
Agents arrest two U.S. men in McAllen methamphetamine sting
Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested two United States men in a drug sting where they had a vehicle holding what authorities say was methamphetamine. “The package contained a white crystalline substance which later tested presumptive positive for characteristics of methamphetamine,” the complaint said. The two vehicles then exited the H-E-B parking lot and drove into a gas station nearby where agents observed Zavala exit the Corolla and enter the back seat of the target vehicle. “HSI SAs then observed Zavala and Mendoza moving small items from Target Vehicle 1 into [the Corolla],” the complaint said. It was then that the agents approached both vehicles and apprehended both men.myrgv.com
Mexican political parties are courting voters living in Texas ahead of Mexico’s presidential election
Mexican migrants in Texas could play a role in choosing the country’s next president next year, and Mexican political leaders are setting up outreach networks — including one in Dallas — to court expat voters.
Legal expert weighs in on new Biden immigration plan, border enforcement
President Joe Biden plans to see border enforcement operations in El Paso Sunday after announcing a new parole process that includes turning away Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Cubans, and Haitians who illegally cross the border from Mexico.
Texas-Mexico cities strained ahead of expected migrant surge
Cities along the U.S.-Mexico border are setting in motion humanitarian efforts including emergency shelter, food and transportation services ahead of an expected dramatic increase in the number of asylum-seekers as pandemic-era immigration restrictions are set to expire this week.