Tag: Rio Grande Valley

June 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020
  • Protesters and migrant advocates in Brownsville, Texas, hold daily vigils for asylum-seeker rights. Across the Rio Grande, in Matamoros, Mexico, locals protest the migrant tent encampment of over 2,500 asylum-seekers who await their U.S. immigration hearings. Residents of Matamoros argue the increase in trash and open sewage caused by the encampments sullies the city’s image, as the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols program has caused the number of migrants in the city to double and then quadruple.

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico, Rio Grande Valley

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that border wall construction may impact 14 square miles of native habitat on 30 separate tracts of its land in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Since it is federally owned, it is the first land in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley sector targeted by the government for wall construction. The Fish and Wildlife Service owns 135 individual tracts of land comprising 105,000 acres that stretch along the last 275 river miles from Falcon Dam to the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge network has been in the making for 40 years, is still growing, and has cost $82 million so far.

Tags: Environment, Fencing, Rio Grande Valley

January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020
  • Texas-based U.S. District Judge Randy Crane lifts a restraining order against the construction of a segment of privately built border fencing in south Texas. The ruling follows a dispute involving Fisher Industries, a North Dakota-based construction firm that is one of the principal contractors for the Trump administration’s border wall construction. Fisher wants to install 3 miles of steel posts near the Rio Grande. Tommy Fisher, the company’s president and a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, says a crew will be ready to begin construction on January 12 and could install all of the posts in a week.

Tags: Fencing, Litigation, Rio Grande Valley

January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020
  • Fox News releases a video of Mexican National Guard personnel assisting the U.S. Border Patrol in the capture of a group of migrants in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan notes that Mexican forces’ assistance is more frequent as of late, but also credits CBP’s enforcement efforts at the border for bringing a recent decline in migrant apprehensions.

Tags: Apprehensions, Border Patrol, Mexico crackdown, Rio Grande Valley