A Democratic state lawmaker is calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to cancel the deployment of National Guard troops to the border and halt “certain border security practices” in light of the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from parents who it says are crossing the border illegally.
Four months after he was convicted of 11 felonies, Texas state Sen. Carlos Uresti announced Monday that he will resign from the Texas Legislature, where he’s served for more than two decades.
A crowd of more than 2,000 gathered at a border crossing in Tornillo, Texas early Father’s Day to protest the separation of children and parents who enter into the U.S. illegally.
The rural town of 1,500 has become well-known over the last several days as home to the first temporary shelter or “tent city” along the southwest border that will house a surging number of unaccompanied migrant children in the wake of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
On June 14, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that Tornillo – a town 20 miles southeast of El Paso – would become a shelter for migrant children. We spoke with State representative Mary González about the temporary shelter in her district.
The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed today that the port of entry in Tornillo, Texas — just outside of El Paso — will now be the site of a temporary shelter for migrant minors. The news comes as the country’s existing shelter space nears capacity.
As of Tuesday morning, officials say the Scenic Loop Complex Fires that have been burning in the Davis Mountains since early June are 100% contained.
On day 9, fire officials have mapped the combined footprint of the fires at 19,444 acres, nearly a 7,000 acre decrease from the last official estimate Monday morning. They say an infrared mapping operation Monday night provided a more accurate picture of the scope of the fire.
Much of the burned up acreage is within the boundaries of the Davis Mountains Preserve. According to The Nature Conservancy, the fire caused minimal loss to the lands affected.
A group of law enforcement officers told Texas senators Monday that they don’t think the governor’s plan to “harden” schools is the best way to keep students safe.
As of Monday June 11, the Scenic Loop Complex fires are 80% contained. The total affected area is now estimated at 26,042 acres. Officials say although that acreage number may seem large, the fire has caused minimal loss to the lands affected.
On day 8, four of the seven Scenic Loop Complex fires are fully contained.
A firefighter from Weatherford, Texas died Sunday after helping to fight the Scenic Loop Complex fires near the Davis Mountains.
This weekend, rains provided much relief to fire crews working to control the Scenic Loop Complex fires. On Saturday, passing storms did cause two new fires to pop up, but responders were able to put them out quickly.
By day 7, two of the seven Scenic Loop Complex fires had been fully contained.
By Saturday morning, two Scenic Loop Complex fires were 100 percent contained while other fires had spread across more acres in the Davis Mountains area.
The Scenic Loop Complex fires — which began on June 3 when a lightning storm sparked 18 fires in Jeff Davis County — have blazed for six days straight and affected more than 23,000 acres by Friday night. The Type I Incident Blue Team, a federal response group, has taken command of the fire operations, which has seen multiple fire crews and more than 250 responders from across the country.
More than 250 personnel are in Fort Davis this week to assist with the Scenic Loop Complex.
The name refers to 7 individual fires — sparked by a lightning storm June 3 — that are burning near then northern part of Highway 166. Fire officials say the fires are not currently threatening any subdivisions, like the Crow’s Nest or the Davis Mountains Resort.
In West Texas, Three Immigrant Mothers Who Crossed Illegally Wait to Be Reunited With Their Children
Last month, U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions doubled-down on the Trump administration’s efforts to prosecute all cases of illegal entry into the U.S. These criminal prosecutions are now the reason why hundreds of kids and parents are being separated at the southwest border. As these parents await federal court in criminal detention facilities, their children are placed in shelters across the country.
In one case in West Texas, three Guatemalan women are facing potential deportation and they aren’t sure if or when they’ll be reunited with their kids.
The law is clear – anyone seeking asylum must be allowed to make that claim – but many of those who are crossing don’t know that.
On Wednesday evening, 3 Guatemalan women, who were picked up by Border Patrol agents near the Presidio/Ojinaga Port of Entry on May 14 were tried in a federal courthouse in Alpine. A judge found all 3 women guilty of illegal entry to the United States.
This kind of trial isn’t necessarily anything new.
But these women are part of a recent wave of undocumented immigrants who have become targets of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance order. They were caught crossing with their children. Officials separated them at the border, and they’ve had no contact since.
New Mexico official says Texas landowners are “stealing” millions of gallons of water and selling it back for fracking
Water restrictions in New Mexico have created a supply crunch for the fracking industry, so more free-flowing Texas water is helping to fill the void. But not without controversy: A top New Mexico politician says Texans are pumping his state’s water and piping it across the state line for oil drillers.
A federal response crew is expected to arrive Thursday in Fort Davis to assist with multiple fires near the Davis Mountains.
The Scenic Loop Complex — the name for a group of 6 individual fires — is burning near the northern part of Highway 166 and, as of Wednesday, has affected 8,134 acres in the area.
This week, fire crews in West Texas are continuing to respond multiple fires in Jeff Davis County.
The Scenic Loop Complex Fire — a group of 6 individual fires — is burning near the northern part of Highway 166 and has affected a total of roughly 7,500 acres in the area.
Justices made the decision months after the teenager, who was in federal custody in Brownsville, terminated her pregnancy. Federal officials argued they didn’t have time to appeal a lower court’s ruling that cleared the way for the procedure.
Mexico’s presidential election is coming up in July and the outcome could have serious implications for Texas energy companies.
Dr. Shailesh Bobby Jain Hopes to Increase the Number of West Texas Child Psychiatrists Through a New Fellowship Program
Dr. Shailesh Bobby Jain is head of a new fellowship program that intends to increase mental health resources for children and families in West Texas.
The program is an expansion of Texas Tech University Health Services Center’s existing child psychiatry program in the Permian Basin, made possible due to partnership with Midland Development Corporation.
The funding from Midland Development Corporation allows the program to see patients from all walks of life, including those who rely on Medicaid and Medicare. The program also offers a sliding scale fee.
Dr. Jain explains that as more young families move into the Permian Basin, it’s important to increase available psychiatry resources, especially for children. Currently, many end up traveling to other cities like El Paso or Dallas to receive psychiatric care.
“At present, there is a very acute shortage of competent child psychiatrists in the West Texas area right now. We may have three or four, including myself, board-certified psychiatrists in West Texas,” he says.
The program requires an additional two years of specialized training to become a child psychiatrist.
Dr. Jain hopes the fellowship program will begin in July or August, once another psychiatrist is recruited. “This is a very timely investment, I would say, in the future of the West Texas area in terms of psychiatric care and psychiatric well-being of the community,” he says.
Although the fellowship program has not yet begun, adults and children can seek psychiatric care through the existing program at Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin.
As Texas debates what, if any, steps should be taken to prevent mass shootings in the state, we asked our audience what questions they had about guns in schools.
A common question was whether why regulations on automatic weapons differ from those regulating semiautomatic ones:
Why don’t we treat all semi-automatic weapons the same as we treat automatic weaponry?– R. Anthony Steele
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Last month, Balmorhea State Park announced it would be closing its pool for an undetermined amount of time. The reason: park officials say they found a crack in the pool wall and it could be unsafe for swimmers.
For many, the pool’s closure means a West Texas summer tradition has been put on hold. But in late May, a team of engineers began assessing the damage and are now working on a repair plan.
In El Paso, attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union and representatives from the Border Network for Human Rights said a lawsuit that seeks to end family separations at the border could hinge, in part, on the case of a woman detained in 2017.
Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a plan this morning to increase school safety in Texas after the Santa Fe High School shooting. The plan offered suggestions that focused on “hardening schools” and increasing mental health services through as much as $120 million in federal and state grants for schools.
One Panhandle ranch manager is liquidating 90 percent of his cattle, because there’s not enough grass to support them.
This weekend, award winning investigative journalist Melissa del Bosque will read from her book Bloodlines at the Crowley Theater in Marfa at 6 PM.
She has written about the U.S.-Mexico border since 1998 for various media outlets, including The Texas Observer, the Guardian, and Time.
Last week, the Texas Department of Transportation hosted a series of meetings to gather public input about a major West Texas roadway — US 67. To some, it’s a welcome conversation about making this traveled path safer. But for others, the renewed talks are reminiscent of a contentious study years ago.
It’s Election Day for the Democrat and Republican primary runoff elections in Texas. Voters across West Texas will cast ballots in a handful of local and statewide races, including. Get the latest results here:
As of Monday, May 14, the McDannald Ranch Fire, which has been burning west of Fort Davis since late April, is 100% contained. It burned up 19,043 acres of grassland in the Davis Mountains.
Millions of dollars in resources and personnel were directed towards putting out the fire, which reached into portions of the Davis Mountains Nature Preserve.
The Trump administration’s tough talk on immigration and campaign promises of a border wall have given new meaning to the annual Voices from Both Sides festival on the Texas-Mexico border.
At the event, residents from both Mexico and the U.S. meet in the middle of the muddy Rio Grande to reunite with family members and recall a time when they could cross the border with ease.
The Texas Department of Transportation is currently in the middle of conducting a two-year study on the Highway 67 Corridor. As tourism and travel along the highway increases, the study aims to identify short, medium, and long term projects for the corridor.
Two environmental groups asked the federal government on Tuesday to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as threatened or endangered.
On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn recounts the life and his friendship with Marvin Watson, who recently passed away.
On this episode we hear from the world’s first woman to become a certified maestra tequilera. Bertha González Nieves started the small batch tequila company Casa Dragones in 2008, with the hopes of elevating how people consume and think about tequila. Since then, the brand has gained a loyal following.
“We’re trying to open the curtain and showcase, really, the sophistication of Mexico,” says González Nieves.
In this conversation, González Nieves talks about how she began working in the tequila business, and how she hopes her projects shape the contemporary understanding of Mexico.
We also talk to journalist Alfredo Corchado about his book Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, & the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.
Corchado discusses his experience of emigrating to the United States as a child, and how his experience as an immigrant growing up in the Southwest influenced his perspective as a journalist. His work questions a reality for many immigrants – was the sacrifice worth the lives they build in the United States?
On this episode, we talk to Andy Cloud, the director for the Center for Big Bend Studies. He discusses the importance of the Genevieve Lykes Duncan Site, where archaeologists have unearthed artifacts that shed light on the Paleoindian way of life in West Texas.
Cloud also talks about the center’s partnership with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). He hopes bi-national cooperation will give archaeologists a better sense of life that has existed on both sides of the border.
“As we look at different cultures through time, in similar locations, we do see similar situations. As a modern day cultures, we’re going to face some of the same things because of the same geography,” Cloud said. “It’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”
On this episode, Rachel Monroe speaks to writer Claire Vaye Watkins about her upbringing, growing up in California, and her mother’s influence on her writing. She is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn.
Claire Vaye Watkins will read at the Crowley Theater on Sunday, June 3 at 6 pm.
Less than two weeks after Santa Fe shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott to announce school safety plan Wednesday
Gov. Greg Abbott will unveil a plan Wednesday to make the state’s schools safer in light of the recent shooting rampage in Santa Fe that killed 10 people.