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As migrant apprehensions rise, Abbott slams Biden immigration policies in border appearance

As migrant apprehensions rise, Abbott slams Biden immigration policies in border appearance

Saying the Biden administration’s border policies make it clear that the president doesn’t care about Americans, Gov. on Tuesday declared that the border is in a crisis and accused the president of aiding cartels and human smugglers.“He does not care about Americans. He cares more about people who are not from this country” said Abbott, who spoke in front of a wall of Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles parked near the banks of the Rio Grande in Mission.Abbott’s news conference came as the Biden administration is struggling to come to terms with a rapid influx of undocumented...

March 9, 2021
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Gov. Greg Abbott rejects aid from Biden administration in dispute over coronavirus testing for migrants

Gov. Greg Abbott rejects aid from Biden administration in dispute over coronavirus testing for migrants

Gov. appeared this week to rebuff help from the federal government to give coronavirus testing to migrants before they are released from federal custody, saying it's a federal responsibility to screen immigrants coming into Texas.The announcement came after Abbott, a Republican, repeatedly accused the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden of “releasing immigrants in South Texas that have been exposing Texans to COVID.” The Biden administration denied that Thursday, and CNN reported that Abbott was “stalling” on a federal offer to pitch in on testing migrants.Abbott and Biden have...

March 6, 2021
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Catastrophic Texas power outages prompt finger pointing and blame shifting at legislative hearings

Catastrophic Texas power outages prompt finger pointing and blame shifting at legislative hearings

Texas lawmakers investigating this month’s devastating power outages during a massive winter storm grilled power-grid officials Thursday and questioned whether state regulators did enough. Most of what they got during simultaneous public hearings in the Texas Senate and House was finger pointing.“This is the largest train wreck in the history of deregulated electricity,” said state Sen. , R-Conroe.Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas avoided taking full responsibility for the in subfreezing temperatures and for large swaths of the state. ERCOT officials, energy...

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February 25, 2021
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Federal judge indefinitely blocks enforcement of Biden administration’s 100-day deportation freeze

Federal judge indefinitely blocks enforcement of Biden administration’s 100-day deportation freeze

A federal judge in Texas has put an indefinite halt to President Joe Biden’s 100-day ban on deportations after issuing a preliminary injunction late Tuesday.The ruling by Judge Drew Tipton comes after he had already temporarily paused the moratorium twice. The ban is nationwide and is in place as the case continues to play out in courts.The ruling is a victory for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who sued to block Biden's order . Paxton's office argued the state would face financial harm if undocumented immigrants were released into the state because of costs associated with health care...

February 24, 2021
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Texans running out of food as weather crisis disrupts supply chain

Texans running out of food as weather crisis disrupts supply chain

 , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The state's week of weather hell started with a deadly outside of Fort Worth. A winter storm unlike any Texas has ever seen quickly followed, and seven days later, and reliable water.And now Texans are running out of food. From farm to table, freezing temperatures and power outages are disrupting the food supply chain that people rely on every day.Across the state, people are using up supplies they had stockpiled and losing more as items start to spoil in dark refrigerators. Some are storing their...

February 18, 2021
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President Biden's early immigration overhaul has overlooked one growing problem: A massive court backlog

President Biden's early immigration overhaul has overlooked one growing problem: A massive court backlog

In his first weeks in office, President Joe Biden has made his administration’s approach on immigration policy clear: reviewing or replacing four years of his predecessor’s hardline approaches.In less than three weeks in office, Biden has sent to Congress a massive immigration reform bill that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, issued executive orders to refortify the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ordered a review of interior enforcement policies and the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols.Advocacy groups and...

February 4, 2021
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Joe Biden’s newest immigration orders include task force to help hundreds of migrant children find their parents

Joe Biden’s newest immigration orders include task force to help hundreds of migrant children find their parents

The Biden administration unveiled new elements of its immigration agenda Tuesday as it works to undo the Trump administration’s hardline policies.The orders, expected to be signed Tuesday afternoon, will require a review of the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols and establish a task force to reunite hundreds of families still separated under Trump’s 2017 zero-tolerance policy, which caused more than 5,000 children to be separated from their parents or guardians.The administration will also review the Trump administration’s policies that restricted some legal migration to the...

February 2, 2021
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Joe Biden to pause border wall construction, issue protections for DACA recipients and roll back other Trump immigration policies

Joe Biden to pause border wall construction, issue protections for DACA recipients and roll back other Trump immigration policies

On the same afternoon he’s sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, Joe Biden will take executive actions that will undo several of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, his transition team announced Wednesday.includes reissuing protections established under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, halting further construction of a border barrier and rolling back interior immigration enforcement priorities put in place by the previous administration.The actions come the same day Biden will reportedly send to Congress a comprehensive immigration bill that, if...

January 20, 2021
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As COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Texas' hard-hit border areas, experts warn vaccinated people could still spread virus

As COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Texas' hard-hit border areas, experts warn vaccinated people could still spread virus

EL PASO — Hospitals in some of Texas' hardest-hit border counties began vaccinating health care workers against COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing what one health authority called "cautious hope" to a heavily Hispanic, economically distressed region whose communities have been traumatized by infections and deaths at disproportionately high rates throughout the pandemic.Some 15,600 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived Tuesday at hospitals in El Paso and Edinburg, and more will land in Laredo, McAllen, Brownsville and El Paso later this week.At UT Health RGV in Edinburg, in the Rio Grande...

December 16, 2020
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Efforts to stop Trump’s border wall construction could extend long past Inauguration Day

Efforts to stop Trump’s border wall construction could extend long past Inauguration Day

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.When Carlos Flores filed suit against the Trump administration last summer, the Laredo-based attorney said he wanted to help his clients try to stave off border wall construction on their stretch of the Texas-Mexico border at least until the presidential election in hopes of seeing a new administration take over.But with the election over and Trump set to give way to President-elect Joe Biden next month, Flores said the court battles over Trump’s signature promise could stretch well past next month’s...

December 8, 2020
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