Border & Immigration

David Martin Davies / TPR News

TUCSON, Ariz.  — The U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely holds immigrants in dirty and extremely cold cells for extended periods of time, a coalition of advocacy groups claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court this week.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three immigrants who said they were held in inhumane conditions while waiting to be transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which handles long-term detainment and deportations.

Mexico Loosening Rules for Armed U.S. Agents

Jun 9, 2015
Jennifer Whitney / The Texas Tribune

After decades of forbidding foreign law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on Mexican soil, the Mexican government is on the verge of allowing U.S. agents to carry guns in places where they help speed the flow of goods between the two countries. 

Texas lawmakers are celebrating the move as a significant step toward increasing trade, and say Mexico is also expected to draw up new rules allowing security personnel for visiting dignitaries to obtain permits to carry weapons. 

In August, the Mexican and United States governments are expected to finalize details of a permitting process that will allow U.S. immigration and customs agents to carry arms while working in foreign trade zones, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said Monday.

Mose Buchele / KUT

This week on Fronteras:

--Deadly flooding as nearly non-stop rain sets a new record in Texas, sweeping away lives and homes. Residents want help.

--State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon explains the stormy weather.

--Along the border in West Texas: Building a winged wetland paradise.

--Some Texas high school seniors face graduation limbo trying to pass STAAR tests.

-- New Mexico raises a new crop of successful, young farmers.

Record Texas Rain Spawns Deadly Floods

Fewer immigrants are crossing the Southwestern border and entering the U.S. illegally now than at any other time in at least 20 years. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo about what’s behind the trend.

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