Timeline for entries tagged “Rio Grande Valley”

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

March 15, 2021

Asylum-seekers being flown from the Rio Grande Valley to El Paso due to limited capacity are being expelled to Mexico by CBP, according to the Dallas Morning News. Exact numbers are unclear, but at least 50 migrants have been expelled into Juarez.

Tags: CBP, El Paso, Expulsions, Rio Grande Valley

March 9, 2021

El Paso will begin receiving two flights per day, each carrying 135 migrants from the Rio Grande Valley sector. The migrants will be processed in El Paso and stay at shelters until arrangements are made for them to connect with family in the United States.

Tags: El Paso, Rio Grande Valley

March 4, 2021

108 migrants in Brownsville tested positive for Covid-19, provoking an outcry from, among others, the Texas governor who repealed a mask mandate days before. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) also reported that an unidentified number of additional Border Patrol agents are being sent to the Rio Grande Valley sector on 30-day assignments to help manage the situation on the border. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Coronavirus, Rio Grande Valley

February 16, 2021

Freezing weather, with temperatures dropping to 25 degrees, has hit a migrant camp in Matamoros where Remain in Mexico enrollees await their turn to enter the United States. 

Tags: Asylum, Rio Grande Valley

January 20, 2021

CBP announced that it is building soft-sided (tent) processing facilities in Donna, Texas that will be complete within 30 days. The facility will increase U.S. capacity to process apprehended migrants, particularly asylum seekers. A more permanent processing facility in McAllen, the Central Processing Center, is under renovation.

Tags: Asylum, CBP, Processing, Rio Grande Valley

June 8, 2020

  • CBP warns of the summer heat for migrants crossing the border after Rio Grande City agents discover human remains in an area known for human and narcotics smuggling. Agents in Brooks County also responded to a 911 call for two lost men, both Mexican nationals, that CBP transported to emergency medical services.

Tags: Migrant Deaths, Migration, Rio Grande Valley

May 7, 2020

  • The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) releases a copy of its April 20 letter to Fisher Industries asserting that the company’s 3-mile fencing project near the Rio Grande in Texas violates the 1970 Boundary Treaty and could worsen flooding. IBWC calls on the company to install flood gates, realign the fence, or consider other ways to mitigate flooding before continuing the project.

Tags: Environment, Fencing, Rio Grande Valley

April 15, 2020

  • DHS issues a new environmental waiver to expedite approximately 15 miles of border construction in five non-contiguous segments in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The waiver puts the Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge at risk.

Tags: Environment, Fencing, Rio Grande Valley

February 25, 2020

  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist visits McAllen, Texas, for a first-hand visit to the border. Norquist manages the U.S. Defense budget and emphasized that “border security is national security,” during his speeches to National Guard troops and CBP agents. He also visited several sections of the wall in the Rio Grande Valley.

Tags: Civil-Military Relations, Fencing, Rio Grande Valley

January 29, 2020

  • CBP names Raul Ortiz to the second-highest post within Border Patrol days after Rodney Scott was named national chief. Neither Ortiz’s nor Scott’s positions require Senate confirmation, and are instead chosen by acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. Ortiz worked for six years as the second-highest official in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas, which sees the most migrant apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border and is considered a grooming post for managers who are promoted elsewhere.

Tags: Border Patrol, Organizational Culture, Rio Grande Valley