Top stories: ‘Continue to stay home’; Reopening concerns; Migrants released

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SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Border Report’s California, El Paso region and South Texas correspondents share the top stories from along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Here are the headlines for June 25 from the Border Report team.

Despite ‘reopening’ of Texas, border leaders still recommend staying home, taking precaution

Despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today lifting statewide coronavirus restrictions and today allowing restaurants and other areas to reopen with some modifications, many leaders on the state’s Southwest border with Mexico are urging their residents not to go out and to remain vigilant against the disease as Mexico’s cases continue to rise. From the West Texas city of El Paso to Hidalgo County in South Texas, many community leaders are suggesting residents continue to shelter in place, go out when only absolutely necessary and wear face masks in public. Despite their legal ability to enforce these suggestions, border leaders warn that as COVID-19 cases rise in Mexico’s northern states — and not expected to peak there until mid-May — Texans on the border face heightened challenges and should remain cautious. Read Sandra Sanchez’s report.

Southern NM leaders leery of Texas reopening for business

The phased-in reopening of Texas business began on Friday, prompting concerns from its New Mexico neighbors leery of the spread of COVID-19. On Thursday, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima called on the residents of New Mexico’s second-largest city not to cross the state line into El Paso, Texas. Read Julian Resendiz’s report.

Judge orders release of 50 migrant detainees in California

A federal judge in San Diego has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release more than 50 medically-vulnerable detainees from the Otay Mesa Detention Center in South San Diego. Judge Dana Sabraw ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court asking for the release of all detainees with pre-existing medical conditions and everyone over the age of 45. Read Salvador Rivera’s report here.

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