The city's University Medical Center is among the trauma centers dealing with many more migrants severely hurt in falls from the thirty-foot fence.
If All the Officers Assigned to the Texas-Mexico Border Stood Side By Side, How Far Apart Would They Be?
Hint: if one of them were Baker Mayfield, he could pass a football to the folks on either side of him.
It’s not yet clear what caused the fire at a migrant center near El Paso that claimed 39 lives and injured 29 men.
As a child, I experienced the boundary between Texas and Mexico as its own distinct place. Now I know why.
In Rural Far West Texas, Justices of the Peace Confront a Death-Investigation System That’s Failing Unknown Migrants
As the migrant death toll rises, county officials, forensic laboratories, and locals work with little governmental assistance to process, identify, and repatriate the bodies.
Ortiz was found guilty of capital murder this week. In 2019, Texas Monthly reported on the string of murders targeting sex workers in Laredo.
Twenty months after the former president left office, those who carried out his administration’s cruelest policy are still in place.
Customs and Border Protection is a ubiquitous presence in many Texas communities, and agents are often first responders.
When undocumented immigrants venture near campuses, many schools institute security protocols. But criminal acts by migrants aren't common.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz on the Crisis in Texas and Why Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star Concerns Him
The Del Rio–raised law enforcement official chatted with ‘Texas Monthly’ about the situation in his hometown and immigration enforcement across the state.
The incident serves as a reminder that, over the past two centuries, hundreds of migrants and Texans of Mexican descent have been murdered.
In El Paso, Joining Border Patrol Offers a Rare Path to Financial Security. But for Some Immigrant Kids, It’s Complicated.
The new documentary ‘At the Ready’ follows the members of Horizon High School’s criminal justice club as they train for Border Patrol careers—and grapple with what that means.
A Year After 7-Year-Old Jakelin Caal Died in U.S. Custody, Everything (And Nothing) Has Changed for Her Family
Few of the promises made to her family and community were kept. And Jakelin’s father has given up on the American Dream.
Days after he was supposed to be in a children’s shelter, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died of the flu near the toilet in his Border Patrol holding cell.
As the Trump administration ratchets up its dehumanization of migrants, we Americans stand to lose our moral center.
“We’re definitely seeing a race to the bottom in terms of the dehumanization of immigrants,” the lawyer said.
The acting Border Patrol chief steps down as migrant children go without soap or toothpaste and bodies are found along the Rio Grande.
The overnight move comes as ACLU files complaints alleging human rights violations.
“It’s really out of control. It’s bad,” said one official of the surge in families streaming across the border.
"The Border Patrol has no reason to expect that this trend will decrease; in fact we believe it will increase," said Border Patrol chief of operations.
How ‘Checkpoint Carlos,’ a Work of Art Along the Texas Border, Was Inspired by Memories of the Berlin Wall
As government land seizures roil the Valley, a German-born artist points to stark historical parallels.
The civil rights group filed a complaint one day after the Border Patrol postponed an Election Day "crowd control" exercise.
The decision to postpone the exercise in El Paso, the home of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, comes amid widespread criticism by members of Congress and civil rights groups.
The U.S. Border Patrol and the governor of Tamaulipas are looking for a few good anonymous tips—and hoping it doesn't all backfire.
A Brownsville Cop Was Charged With Smuggling Her Undocumented Boyfriend. She’s Been Acquitted. He’ll Likely Be Deported.
Brownsville police officer Valerie Rivas was charged with smuggling her undocumented boyfriend. She’s been acquitted. He’s likely to be deported.
Rio Grande Valley attorney Jennifer Harbury explains the nightmares facing immigrants today, whether they gain entry or are turned away.
The man, a former Border Patrol agent, worked directly with children.
Dr. Marsha Griffin, co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics special interest group on immigrant health, tells us what she's seen and what separation traumas could mean in the long term for immigrant children.
They had entered the U.S. illegally, seeking asylum from an abusive home, and were completely unaware they would be separated.
A small-town sheriff took on his president and his governor and learned that facts can get in the way of a good political narrative.
Ronald Burgos-Aviles, a nine-year Border Patrol veteran, was arrested Monday in Laredo.
Despite some earlier claims, it appears that Rogelio Martinez was not the victim of an attack.
A small Texas border town defies a crackdown on immigration.
Over the course of his legendary career, customs officer Hipolito Acosta saw terrible suffering in Mexico. Today, he worries about both sides of the border.
The Sheriff At The Infamous Sierra Blanca Checkpoint Isn’t Interested In Enforcing Marijuana Laws Anymore
Come back through, Willie/Snoop/Nelly/Fiona Apple!
Disgruntled agents are overwhelmed and overworked, processing groups of hundreds of undocumented immigrants.
If the Border Patrol really wants to be more transparent, it should release key surveillance footage of questionable shooting incidents.
The human cost of a militarized border.
Heightened security measures along the border—including a dramatic increase in personnel and highly sophisticated military equipment—have made that part of our state resemble a war zone. As violent clashes with Mexican citizens increase, a crucial question emerges: Who will hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable?
And the border was declared secure. What does this mean for immigration laws?
Despite rampant fears to the contrary, the bloody drug violence in Mexico hasn’t spilled over into Texas—but that doesn’t mean it’s not transforming life all along the border.
On their new book, Desert Duty: On the Line With the U.S. Border Patrol.
Read an excerpt from the new book by Bill Broyles and Mark Haynes.
While politicians and bureaucrats endlessly debate the best ways to secure our borders, undocumented immigrants are dying to get into America—literally.
Two Border Patrol agents are sent to prison while the dope smuggler they pursued and wounded is granted immunity by federal prosecutors and goes free. A miscarriage of justice? Not so fast.
How did a thirty-year-old Mexican man end up dead on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande in Matamoros?
Earlier this week, the drug war claimed the city's 10,000th victim.
Retired Border Patrol officer Hipolito Acosta remembers his time on the beat in The Shadow Catcher.
A jogging path along the Rio Grande was a treasured, secret place—until it became part of the front lines in a war I still don’t understand.
The facts of this case are quite simple. Two Border Patrol agents shot at an unarmed man as he was running away from them. And then, they covered it up.