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Nonprofit works to end cycle of poverty in Juárez

Jul. 25, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico (AP) — Olga de León is all smiles as she begins to show her home — a house made from wood pallets — to guests on a recent afternoon. But when she points out bags of trash and clothing stuffed into crevices near the ceiling, de León’s...

Authorities: 1 dead, 5 wounded in El Paso desert shooting

Jul. 11, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A 21-year-old man was killed and five people were wounded in shooting early Sunday in a patch of desert on the eastern outskirts of El Paso, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies in the West Texas city were called to the scene around 3:15 a.m. and...

Texas teacher dies after rainfall swept her off during hike

Jun. 30, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An Austin high school teacher was found dead after heavy rainfall swept her away during her hike in the Franklin Mountains, El Paso fire and police officials said. Christina Garcia-Mata, 39, was found dead Monday evening. The...

US will close 4 emergency shelters for migrant children

Jun. 29, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

U.S. officials will close four emergency facilities set up to house record numbers of migrant children crossing the Mexican border alone but cautioned Tuesday that minors were still arriving. The Department of Health and Human Services will shut two facilities in Texas...

Learning setbacks coming into focus with new testing results

Jun. 29, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The scores from the first U.S. standardized tests taken during the pandemic are offering an early glimpse of just how far students have fallen behind, with some states reporting that the turbulent year has reversed years of academic progress. Texas...

US: Big drop in migrant kids at largest emergency shelter

Jun. 29, 2021 00:45 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of migrant children housed at the Biden administration's largest emergency shelter for those who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone has dropped by more than 40% since mid-June, a top U.S. official said Monday, touting progress at the facility that has been...

On border tour, Harris laments 'infighting' over immigration

Jun. 25, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday used her first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office to call for an end to political “rhetoric” and “infighting” over immigration, an issue that Republicans have been eager to weaponize against her. ...

Florida officers begin deploying to US-Mexico border

Jun. 25, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A contingent of 50 law enforcement officers from Florida began deploying to the Mexican border Friday, as Gov. Ron DeSantis made true on his vow to heed calls from his fellow Republican governors in Arizona and Texas to help bolster patrols along the country's...

Texas' Abbott leads GOP push for Trump-style border measures

Jun. 24, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Promises to build a wall. Descriptions of American homes “invaded” by immigrants and a trail of “carnage." Plans to arrest border crossers and haul them to jail. It's not Donald Trump in 2016. It's Texas Gov. Greg Abbott 2021. ...

Harris to visit US-Mexico border area regarding migration

Jun. 23, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make her first visit on Friday to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office, following criticism from members of both parties for failing to go earlier despite her role leading the Biden administration’s response to a steep increase in...