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At least 10 dead as van carrying migrants crashes in Texas

Aug. 05, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles (80...

'Healing Garden dedicated on mass shooting's 2nd anniversary

Aug. 03, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials in the border city of El Paso dedicated a garden Tuesday that is meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing 23 people in an attack that stunned the U.S. and Mexico. Much like the...

US sues Texas to block state troopers from stopping migrants

Jul. 30, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration sued Texas on Friday to prevent state troopers from stopping vehicles carrying migrants on grounds that they may spread COVID-19, warning that the practice would exacerbate problems amid high levels of crossings on the state's border with...

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. ...