Tag: ACTION

Thousands Expected at McAllen Holiday Parade Happening Saturday, December 6

Everything is set for this weekend’s McAllen Holiday Parade. The parade, starting at 6 PM on Saturday, will begin at Bicentennial Boulevard and Business 83, and travel north along Bicentennial to McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. This year, attendees can expect to see colorful, illuminated floats, giant helium balloons, and celebrity appearances from Mario Lopez, Caroline Sunshine, Willow Shields and more. If you can’t make it out to the largest illuminated holiday parade in Texas, you can also watch live coverage of all the action on our sister station, the...

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Secretary of Homeland Security Offers Strong Words Following Immigration Reform Announcement

Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson says that despite the recent decrease in the number of illegal crossers, security at our borders will continue to increase. Johnson met with Rio Grande Valley officials, sheriffs and other local leaders to discuss how the change in immigration policy will impact the border. A new department-wide enforcement and removal policy that places top priority on national security threats, convicted felons, gang members, and illegal entrants apprehended at the border; the second-tier priority is on those convicted of significant or multiple misdemeanors and those who are not apprehended at the border, but who entered or reentered this country unlawfully after January 1, 2014, while the third priority on those who are non-criminals but who have failed to abide by a final order of removal. As for the over 80,000 unaccompanied children who came here illegaly during this summer’s humanitarian crisis, they will not be protected under the presidents executive action and are a priority for deportation, unless they can make a case for humanitarian relief. He also adds, since his last visit to South Texas, there has been a decrease in illegal crossings, with the number of unaccompanied children dropping 20% when compared to 2012. Secretary Johnson added that although they plan to close the detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, they are opening a larger facility in Dilley, Texas in the next...

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Not All Undocumented Families Benefiting from Immigration Reform

Millions of people in the country believe Barack Obama’s executive action announcement is a victory. But for many more, it’s a disappointment. The Diaz family of six arrived to the country illegally in 2002. Araham, who is a student at UTPA and his sister were benefited by the deferred action or DACA years ago. But today after the announcement, Abraham says the outcome causes him a bittersweet feeling. He believes they will not be eligible to apply for the executive action. Immigration expert, lawyer Efren Olivarez says the community should be patient and keep hopes up, because they still do not know for sure who will not be eligible. Olivarez adds to be informed and be patient, but not to be alarmed. According to experts the application will not be available until May...

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Undocumented Families Seeking Legal Help could become Victims of Scams

The Manchaca family is cautiously optimistic about the future, but as they move on with the legal process, there are some dangers they need to be aware of. President Barack Obama has announced he will grant temporary legal status and work permits to almost five million undocumented immigrants living in the country illegally. That includes Adela, who has spent the last 15 years without a legal status. But the president’s orders might benefit more than just undocumented immigrants… Nonprofit organizations such as south Texas civil rights project say scammers could prey on families seeking legal aid. That is why...

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