Gov. Greg Abbott spends an additional $30 million on Operation Lone Star to aid local governments
Abbott announced that his already $4 billion border mission would provide grant funding for cities and counties, following a press conference by some local officials calling on the governor to take more drastic action to secure the border.
Asylum-seeking families and children made up nearly half of July border crossings: “This is young mamas and daddies trying to save their families”
Migrant crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border reached a 21-year high in July. This video takes you to the epicenter: Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where more crossings are happening than in any other region in the country.
Primarily Democratic Texas border county with 96% Latino population brings in more Republican votes during 2020 election
STARR COUNTY, Texas – Located just west of Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, Starr County almost went from stark blue to bright red on Election Day. 4 big takeaways for Texas, Bexar County after 2020 electionRoss Barrera, the Starr County Republican chair, was skeptical when someone first suggested organizing a Trump Train. Barrera said he asked, “You think that’ll work here in Starr County? Do not take us for granted.’”Garza said Starr County, being one of the poorest counties in the nation, deserves economic relief. We do go out to vote, and we can switch our vote,” Garza said.
Texas city commissioner killed in gun battle with police
MISSION, Texas – A Texas city commissioner was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with police and a sheriff's deputy who had responded to a domestic disturbance call at his home, authorities said. They then encountered Salinas, 39, who opened fire, leading the officers to fire back, Dominguez said. I think that he died as a result of being hit in the transfer of fire,” with the two Mission officers and a Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy, Dominguez said. Her son was treated and released, said Dominguez, who didn't immediately reply to a Saturday phone message seeking further information. Even though Salinas lived in Mission, he could be a city commissioner in Sullivan City because Texas law allows the use of only a mailing address when filing for office.
Dangerous ‘kissing bug’ in Texas could cause deadly disease for you or your pets, experts warn
Researchers said they’ve already collected over 300 kissing bug specimens in one location, where just last year, they only found six. Kissing bugs can grow to be longer than the width of a penny and both their heads and mouths are cone-shaped. Kissing bug compared to U.S. penny. Still, if you have been bitten by a kissing bug, it’s recommended to seek additional medical care for further testing. Read also:‘Kissing bug’ on the rise: Everything you need to know about dangerous infectionJust how deadly is the kissing bug, Chagas Disease?
Now hiring: Delia’s Tamales is close to opening its first San Antonio location
SAN ANTONIO – A family business in the Rio Grande Valley has become a popular place for tamales for almost 30 years. Delia’s Tamales has locations in McAllen, Mission, Edinburg, Pharr, San Juan and now very soon in San Antonio. It’s official: Delia’s to open San Antonio locationWhile an exact opening date has not been released, the company posted on their Facebook page that they are close to opening their new location and are looking to hire. The San Antonio location will be located at 13527 Hausman Pass. Papa’s Burgers set to open new location in spide of COVID-19 pandemicIf interested in applying you can fill out an application online at deliastamales.com/jobs.
Erosion, flooding concerns raised over privately funded border wall in South Texas
Anzaldua said he predicts that if the Rio Grande has major floods, what’s left of the adjacent riverbank, possibly the wall itself, and even part of his property, will be swept downriver. “It’s just a matter of time.”Brian Kolfage, who raised $25 million in GoFundMe donations for the We Build the Wall project, said he’s “100% confident” that won’t happen. He said the riverbank has been grated at a gradual downward slope that will have special sod planted to help prevent erosion. He said that’s also why the new wall won’t have a metal plate at the top as an “anti-climb feature," because it could act as a sail in the wind, knocking down the structure. But as for the Anzaldua family’s concerns, Anzaldua said, “We don’t have the money to fight these people until they do the damage.”
Historic border chapel fights as president demands border wall
MISSION, Texas – The La Lomita chapel has been serving the faithful on both sides of the border since 1865. He's been preaching and delivering God's message for over 25 years at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church, while also spending much of his time visiting the quaint and historic South Texas Chapel. The fear now is that the chapel may find itself isolated between President Donald Trump's border wall and Mexico. Snipes admits not everyone crossing over is doing so with good intentions, but he doesn't think a wall would slow them down. "If you could tell me that this wall could stop (ill-intentioned immigrants), I'd still say, 'Well, that's a damn shame,'" Snipes said.
US law enforcement officials team up with Mexican counterparts for border training
MISSION, Texas – Federal, state and local law enforcement officials are teaming up with their Mexican counterparts and taking part in a three-day border security training. The operation includes helping law enforcement officials south of the border with investigative tools to combat criminal organizations. It allows for a forum for sharing experiences and law enforcement techniques. Members of Mexican law enforcement agencies are eager to learn and form relationships. This is the second year the training is held, and law enforcement officials expect to continue it for years to come.