Triple-digit heat, unwanted vermin and prolonged immigration court closures and Southwest border restrictions are driving some asylum-seekers to attempt to cross the Rio Grande and are being blamed on at least four recent drowning deaths, according to a Catholic nun who helps oversee volunteer services for the migrants at a tent encampment in Matamoros, Mexico. Three people died in a span of 24 hours on Wednesday, which came a week after the Aug. 19 drowning death of a 20-year-old Guatemalan man who was a “leader” at the camp where about 1,000 asylum seekers live next to the Gateway International Bridge across from Brownsville, Texas, Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley told Border Report.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The El Paso Fire Department’s water rescue team rescued five people from a canal in two separate incidents starting late Friday night. The first reports of people in the canal came in around 11:25 p.m. at Loop 375 and Fonseca Drive. EPFD assisted Border Patrol by rescuing three people from […]
In response to Hurricane Laura, 40 Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector in South Texas along with four Black Hawk helicopters, a P-3 aircraft and 14 boats have been deployed to the border of Texas and Louisiana to help with rescue efforts, and the sector’s chief patrol agent is the agency’s lead field coordinator, he said. Border Patrol RGV Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings, in one of his first public appearances since taking over the sector in March, told Border Report on Thursday that he has agents stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, Houston, and New Orleans, to help with what in undoubtedly be water and air rescues after the Category 4 hurricane made landfall overnight. Hastings has been named CBP Lead Field Coordinator and is overseeing incident commanders in Houston and Hammond, Louisiana, as well as coordinating teams on the ground for response and recovery efforts. Thursday was the first time Hastings gave in-person one-on-one media interviews since he took over command of the sector in March during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence forcefully defended law enforcement Wednesday night but made no mention of the Black Americans killed by police this year as he addressed Republican convention proceedings that unfolded amid new protests against racial injustice following the latest shooting. The evening’s featured speaker, Pence argued that Democratic leaders are allowing […]
Hurricane Laura, currently a Category 3 storm and continuing to intensify, was about 235 miles southeast from Galveston, the National Hurricane Center last reported at 10 a.m. It had maximum sustained winds at 125 mph and was moving toward the Texas/Louisiana border at about 16 mph, the center’s latest bulletin said.
MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — In July, Border Patrol EMT agents rescued 591 people that were in distress, according to Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. Historically, August is the month with the most rescues for Border Patrol agents, however this year, agents are facing multiple challenges at once. “Lately during this summer season, […]