The arrival of large groups of migrants all along the Texas border -- from El Paso to Eagle Pass and McAllen -- suggests the number of people making the dangerous trek north from Central America is on the rise and migrants are growing desperate and bolder in the face of the Trump administration’s immigration practice of turning people away at ports of entry and making them wait in Mexico to apply for asylum.Under the so-called metering system, only a limited number of people are allowed to present their asylum claims each day and enter the U.S. at official ports of entry. The rest are told to put their names on a waiting list and must wait in Mexico under a reluctantly-agree-to-understanding with the government there known as Remain in Mexico.Critics dispute the legality of the metering system and the overall effectiveness of a border wall in discouraging people from seeking asylum, which is an internationally recognized legal right. The Trump administration has said the … [Read more...] about Migrants begin to enter U.S. in large groups near El Paso as tighter asylum controls lead them to new tactics
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Trump Takes Border Wall Fight to El Paso; Beto O’Rourke Fires Back Supported by ByMark Landler and Simon Romero Feb. 11, 2019 EL PASO — President Trump came to this bustling border city on Monday to rally support for his wall with Mexico. But he was met by El Paso’s favorite son, Beto O’Rourke, who denounced Mr. Trump’s claim that walls reduce violent crime and led the city’s residents in his own boisterous show of opposition. The dueling rallies, just across the Rio Grande from Mexico, offered a vivid snapshot of the national debate over immigration, as well as a tantalizing early glimpse of the rivalry between Mr. Trump and Mr. O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who is now considering a challenge to the president in 2020. As he mulls a run for the … [Read more...] about Trump Takes Border Wall Fight to El Paso; Beto O’Rourke Fires Back
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByStephanie Saul Oct. 29, 2018 EL PASO — At a special City Council meeting in 2006, a billionaire real estate investor unveiled his vision for redeveloping downtown El Paso. To replace tenements and boarded-up buildings, he proposed restaurants, shops and an arts walk rivaling San Antonio’s River Walk. Representative Beto O’Rourke, one of hundreds attending, wasn’t exactly a disinterested party. Not only had he married the investor’s daughter, but as a member of City Council he represented the targeted area, including a historic Mexican-American neighborhood. Calling downtown “one piece of El Paso that was missing on the road back to greatness,” Mr. O’Rourke, now the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas, voted to take the first step forward with the … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke Once Supported an El Paso Real Estate Deal. Barrio Residents Remember.
Caballero was a successful trial lawyer who’d just won the mayor’s race on a platform that called for luring high-wage jobs and revitalizing downtown. Jones, the son of an early congressional aide to Lyndon B. Johnson, had been well-regarded as a state lawmaker and county judge, Moore said. But now he was seen as a kingmaker, funding and advising candidates, hoping to control local government contracts, he said.In 2011, Jones was convicted of federal conspiracy charges in a scheme to rig a contract to digitize county records.Nearly a decade earlier, Beto O’Rourke stepped up his own political activism. He’d added a journalism component to his company -- an online news outlet, stantonstreet.com. After a Jones-backed candidate defeated Caballero for mayor in 2003, “a lot of us were very despondent about the City Council’s direction,” said Susie Byrd, a local publishing house employee who’d managed Caballero’s 2001 race and been his … [Read more...] about Rising star Beto O’Rourke has eclipsed dad’s El Paso ambitions, but friends say he’s still Pat’s boy
El Paso County SheriffThirteen pounds of processed marijuana and more than 500 marijuana plants were seized Friday when authorities served a search warrant at a suspected illegal grow in El Paso County.El Paso County SheriffThirteen pounds of processed marijuana and more than 500 marijuana plants were seized Friday when authorities served a search warrant at a suspected illegal grow in El Paso County.El Paso County SheriffThirteen pounds of processed marijuana and more than 500 marijuana plants were seized Friday when authorities served a search warrant at a suspected illegal grow in El Paso County.Show Caption of Expand Thirteen pounds of processed marijuana and more than 500 marijuana plants were seized Friday when authorities served a search warrant at a suspected illegal grow in El Paso County. Investigators executed the search warrant in the 16,000 block of Jones Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The plants seized were in various stages of growth, and investigators … [Read more...] about Investigators seize 500 plants in suspected illegal pot grow in El Paso County