Timeline for entries tagged “Laredo”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

June 4, 2020

  • Dennis Nixon, CEO of the International Bank of Commerce in Laredo, Texas, releases a statement criticizing the Trump administration’s plan to build 69 miles of wall through Laredo’s historic downtown. Nixon states that while a majority of Texans support the president’s border security efforts, they do not necessarily support a wall, and especially not one that damages Texan cities, cuts citizens off from the Rio Grande, and divides them from their neighbors in Mexico. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Fencing, Laredo

May 27, 2020

  • According to a CBP spokesman, about half of the 250 landowners in the path of the 69-mile project planned for Laredo, Texas have signed rights of entry to allow the government to survey for the wall. There has not been much construction in Texas due to private property disputes. The administration has sued landowners throughout the year and progressed into the second round of lawsuits in some regions.

Tags: Fencing, Laredo

May 25, 2020

  • The Trump administration’s 69-mile border construction plans in Laredo, Texas, would cut right through the city’s historic downtown. The Laredo City Council leads the charge against the wall, as the federal government recently sued the city for refusing access to 1,000 acres of city-owned riverfront. The issue is currently pending before a local federal judge. 

Tags: Fencing, Laredo

May 8, 2020

  • CBP awards the Alabama-based Caddell Construction Company a $275 million contract to construct approximately 14 miles of contiguous border wall system in Webb County, Texas. The project is funded by CBP’s Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations and construction is set to begin in January 2021 “pending availability of real estate.” 

Tags: Fencing, Laredo

May 6, 2020

  • Exercising eminent domain powers, the Trump administration sues an orphanage to obtain temporary access to the property to plan for border construction. In the easement, the federal government offers the Sacred Heart Children’s Home of Laredo, Texas, $100 as “just compensation,” for year-long grant of access to the 68-acre property.

Tags: Fencing, Laredo

April 14, 2020

  • CBP reports that a traffic stop performed by the Laredo North Border Patrol in Texas resulted in the apprehension of 28 individuals smuggled in a tractor-trailer. The individuals were from Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. 

Tags: Apprehensions, Laredo, Migration, Smuggling

February 25, 2020

  • A spokesperson for the Laredo Border Patrol sector states that landowners have signed 172 right-of-entry documents allowing government access to private land. In Webb County, where there are plans for 52 miles of border wall, the Commissioners’ Court allowed CBP access to a 15-acre strip of county-owned land for “environmental assessments, property surveys, [and] appraisals,” though residents argue that the area is only 65 feet wide and “the concession might as well include the entire riverfront.”

Tags: Fencing, Laredo

January 2, 2020

  • The U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo warns against ongoing gun battles between organized crime groups and urges U.S. government personnel to shelter in place. Nuevo Laredo is one of the Mexican border cities where the U.S. government sends asylum seekers to wait for their hearings under “Remain in Mexico.” Tamaulipas governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca blames the attacks on the Cartel of the Northeast.

Tags: Laredo, Organized Crime, Remain in Mexico