Mayra Flores won a special election to serve as the first Republican in the U.S. House from the Rio Grande Valley since 1871.
On the first day of “return to Mexico” hearings, attorneys and journalists were turned away from the tent courtrooms where the hearings are taking place.
Activists are concerned that the Trump administration will circumvent congressional prohibitions against building a barrier through the South Texas preserve.
The omnibus bill allocates money toward border wall construction along 33 miles in the Rio Grande Valley.
Congressman Filemon Vela had always kept a low profile—until he told Donald Trump to stick his border fence you-know-where.