Latest Laredo News

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Sep. 17, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set...

Texas truck driver pleads guilty in immigrant smuggling case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a trucker faces up to 10 years in federal prison after trying to smuggle more than 70 immigrants in a locked trailer through a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas. Nelson Vargas-Torres pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants....

Tent courtrooms open to process migrants waiting in Mexico

Sep. 16, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tent courtrooms opened Monday in two Texas border cities to help process thousands of migrants who are being forced by the Trump administration to wait in Mexico while their requests for asylum wind through clogged immigration courts. The court in Laredo opened with a judge who appeared...

Tent courts for migrants waiting in Mexico closed to outside

Sep. 11, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Outside observers will not be allowed without permission inside tent courts in South Texas where the Trump administration is processing thousands of migrants forced to wait in Mexico, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The first hearings under the so-called "Remain in Mexico" program began...

Cargo plane crashes in fiery wreck that kills only 2 aboard

Sep. 11, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A cargo plane crashed into a truck repair lot just short of the runway at an Ohio airport, killing both people aboard the aircraft Wednesday and narrowly missing a major highway, authorities said. The fiery wreck burned about a half-dozen unoccupied semitrailers, but no one on the...

The Latest: 2 dead in Ohio cargo plane crash were from Texas

Sep. 11, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a cargo plane crash in Ohio (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Authorities say the two people killed in a cargo plane crash near an Ohio airport were from Texas. The State Highway Patrol in Ohio says the two men were the only ones onboard the plane carrying auto parts when it...

Tent courts set to open on border for US asylum seekers

Sep. 10, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is ready to open a tent court on the border to help handle tens of thousands of cases of asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico, with hearings held entirely by videoconference. The court, or "soft-sided" facility as U.S. officials call it, is scheduled to...

Mexican cartel forces gas stations to refuse army vehicles

Sep. 5, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal prosecutors said Thursday they have received complaints that gas stations in the northern border state of Tamaulipas are refusing to fill the tanks of army and police vehicles. The problem is centered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas. Nuevo Laredo has...

Military base cuts affect schools, target ranges, more

Sep. 5, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will cut funding from military projects like schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities to pay for the construction of 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting a total $3.6 billion to President Donald Trump's long-promised barrier. Projects in 23...

Pentagon approves military construction cash for border wall

Sep. 3, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Pentagon officials would not say which 127 projects will be affected, but said details will...