Top headlines: Detainees ask for freedom; more pets adopted; and stir over border wall workers

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AUSTIN (Border Report) — All along the U.S.-Mexico border, people are reacting to and handling the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. Here are Monday’s headlines from the Border Report team.

Afraid of COVID19, four immigration detainees ask judge to set them free

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four people in custody who are afraid they’ll catch the coronavirus. The four are undocumented migrants awaiting trial for entering the U.S. illegally who are in facilities in San Diego and Imperial County.

Dog days for humans, good times for pet adoptions in South Texas

These may be trying days for humans, but dogs (and even cats) are loving having so much company at home. And in South Texas, which has traditionally had an abandoned-pet problem, the number of pet rescue adoptions have doubled recently as more border communities implement shelter-in-place restrictions due to COVID-19.

Groups oppose housing border wall workers in tiny New Mexico town

A small cluster of mobile homes is causing a big stir in a small New Mexico town 3 miles from the Mexican border. That’s because the trailers being set up at the corner of Main and J. Carreon Avenue are meant to house dozens of contractors working on a 72-mile section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The 30-foot steel bollard structure that started just west of the Santa Teresa, New Mexico Port of Entry late last year is a mere 25 miles east of Columbus.

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