Border Issues

Teeter-totters at U.S.-Mexico border win UK design prize

LONDON (AP) – A collection of teeter-totters that briefly allowed children on both sides of the US-Mexico border wall to play together has won a prize from London’s Design Museum. The three hot-pink seesaws were installed through the slats of the wall, with one seat in the El Paso, Texas

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) – The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas’ land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president. From a brushy bluff, Rivas can look across the Rio Grande to Mexico on the other side. She spent her childhood fishing on the

Texas reports 6,041 new coronavirus cases, 48 more deaths

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials report 6,041 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 48 more deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The pandemic continued to put pressure on state hospitals. The Texas Department of State Health Services says more than 8,600 Texans were

Texas surpasses 20,000 virus deaths, second highest in US

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths as COVID-19 continues to surge in the United States. Researchers with Johns Hopkins University say the death count, reached Monday, is the second highest in the country, behind New York. Texas has the 22nd highest death count per capita

Border Patrol agent impersonator in New Mexico gets prison

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man in New Mexico has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for impersonating a Border Patrol agent. Prosecutors say 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie received a 21-month prison term after being convicted in the case in March.

El Paso Extends Emergency Ordinance Through June 10

On Monday, the El Paso City Council unanimously approved extending an emergency ordinance that extended the disaster declaration. The Council also unanimously approved to extend a second emergency ordinance establishing emergency measures. Both ordinances were first issued on March 13, 2020 and were set to expire May 13, 2020. They