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Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 25 July 2014 08:17
The tens of thousands unaccompanied immigrant children who have been caught this year at the border are being bused and flown to facilities across the country where they will be housed and cared for in make-shift camps until they are released to family. As a result, many officials in northern states are taking a sudden interest in this crisis and are demanding to know what is being done to deter future waves of children from coming to America illegally.
Last week six sheriffs from across the country were given the opportunity to take a ride on two of the Texas Highway Patrol speed and gun boats that have been patrolling the Rio Grande south of Mission since this crisis began.
Susan Tully, as the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR’s) National Field director, helped organize the tour. Tully said FAIR is a nonprofit public policy organization out of Washington, D.C., that has been in place 35 years. Supporters of FAIR believe immigration policies should benefit America and Americans first and foremost, she said.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 25 July 2014 08:12
MISSION—Former Sharyland ISD Board Member, Virginia Townsend said it has been 21 years since she has listened in on a Sharyland ISD regular meeting. During the public comments portion of this month’s regular meeting, Townsend told board members she did not like the way discussions were being conducted.
A group of community members came to show support for Townsend and three other citizens participating in the public comments portion of the regular meeting.
Townsend is an active member of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS), a non-partisan public watchdog group based in Hidalgo County.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 25 July 2014 08:10
The facility, at the corner of W. Ursula Avenue and Ware Road, has the capacity to hold 1,000 children. The warehouse is filled with four pods that can hold 250 children each. Chain-link fences serve as dividers and forest green mats were stacked in corners for sleeping.
For now, it will solely be used to process the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, but Kevin Oaks, chief patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley Sector, said in the future it could be used to process other populations.
Written by Jim Brunson Friday, 25 July 2014 08:06
Six candidates seeking their party’s selection to be on the November ballot to elect a new Hidalgo County sheriff appeared at a candidate forum hosted by the UTPA Department of Criminal Justice at the Edinburg university campus Wednesday afternoon.
Seeking the Democratic Party’s selection to appear on the ballot this fall are Juan Gonzalez, Eddie Guerra, Frank Guerrero and Geovani Hernandez.
The sole Libertarian nominee is Vince Ousley and the only Republican candidate attending the forum was Al Perez. Israel Pacheco, who was seeking the Republican’s spot on the ballot is said to be ineligible.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 25 July 2014 08:03
State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa addressed Hidalgo County Commissioners in their Tuesday, July 22, meeting, telling them creation of the proposed hospital district is required if the county is to receive proper funding for indigent care. The state legislature met in Austin recently to approve placement of a hospital district on the November ballot.
Hinojosa said the hospital district would create a new tax that would be capped at $0.25 per $100 valuation. Estimates of the tax had been as much as $0.75 but Hinojosa said that amount would not happen. But it will not start at $0.25, he said. The proposal is a tax of $0.08 to $0.10 per $100 valuation. This tax will raise funds to take the place of the annual $8 million of the budget the county must now pay for indigent health care as this cost would be taken over by the health district. When the hospital district is created the county could then lower county taxes or use that money for other purposes.
The senator said Hidalgo, Cameron and Web Counties are without a hospital district, like most areas receiving money for indigent health care. Many large metropolitan areas have an entire hospital dedicated to indigent care. Valley counties work with private hospitals, as there are no public hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Huskies activating ‘beast mode’
Requenez returns to lead Lobos
Just two games into last year’s Palmview Lobos’ football district schedule the La Joya Independent School District’s (LJISD’s) Athletic Office announced the reassignment of head coach Manuel Flores and named...Read More...
Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut
Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store. Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow...Read More...
Residents split on Taylor expansion
Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes. Dozens of residents showed up at a public forum at Romulo Martinez Elementary School to learn more about the project, which requires cooperation from the cities of Mission, McAllen and Palmhurst as well as...Read More...
Students return to school
There were tears from both students and parents Monday as schools in the area welcomed them in for the first day of class. La Joya Independent School District is one of few districts in the area to offer full-time pre-kindergarten programs, and some of the youngest students at Camarena Elementary weren’t quite ready for their parents to leave. The first day of the school is the only morning parents are allowed on campus to visit their children’s classrooms before school, and Principal...Read More...
OBIT-Rockson Omar Flores
MISSION - Baby Rockson Omar Flores, 17 days old, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Iker Gonzalez
MISSION - Iker Gonzalez, age 2, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Scarlett Vasquez
MISSION – A funeral service for Scarlett Vasquez will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at 9 a.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial will follow at Garden of Angels Cemetery in Abram.Read More...
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