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Police: Young Texas mom missing since concert last weekend

Jul. 21, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas are looking for a 29-year-old mother who hasn't been seen since going on a date last weekend. El Paso police issued a missing person alert late Thursday describing Erika Andrea Gaytan as "endangered." Television station KFOX reports that she made several Facebook...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants' conditions

Jul. 12, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House Democratic freshmen who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas "in front of the American flag" and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to discourage future...

Police: Oilfield workers, truck driver killed in fiery crash

Jul. 12, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

Four oilfield workers from Texas and the driver of tractor-trailer rig are dead following a fiery head-on crash on a New Mexico road in the heart of what has become the busiest oil and gas region in the United States, authorities said Friday. The crash happened Thursday morning when the driver of a pickup truck...

The Latest: Trump says Dems exaggerated border conditions

Jul. 12, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on four Democratic freshmen at a House committee hearing (all times local): 11:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is pushing back against a freshman congresswoman's description of border conditions. Earlier this month, progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,...

DHS official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations

Jul. 8, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump's immigration policy, a trademark issue for his reelection...

Rich father-in-law has helped, complicated O'Rourke's career

Jul. 5, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke was running for the El Paso City Council in 2005 when he asked to meet with the illustrious real estate investor William Sanders. Sanders had earned a fortune and a reputation as a brilliant businessman in Chicago before returning to his remote hometown on the West...

Jarring images of border cells surface ahead of July 4

Jul. 3, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

"Inhumane." ''Shameful." ''Intolerable." ''Brutal." Mounting revelations about squalid and dangerously overcrowded conditions at Border Patrol holding centers have fueled public outrage heading into the Fourth of July weekend, with protesters taking to the streets and social media to decry the situation as...

Girl recalls poor care in Texas border station

Jul. 2, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

For almost two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. She was one of hundreds of migrant children who have been held this year in...

O'Rourke visits Mexico, meets turned away US asylum seekers

Jun. 30, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke visited Mexico on Sunday and listened to tearful immigrants say they fled Central American violence and turmoil to seek asylum in the U.S., but were turned away at the border. In his first international trip as a White House hopeful, the...