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Report: Illegal Border Crossers Fill South Texas Courts

Federal courtrooms in border regions are exhibiting standing-room-only situations following the implementation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demand for zero tolerance of illegal crossings. The policy is packing dockets with recently arrested illegal immigrants, many of whom are parents separated from their children under new enforcement actions.


Texas Couple Ordered to Pay $120K in Restitution to Domestic ‘Slave’

A federal judge ordered a couple from Katy, Texas, to pay more than $120,000 in restitution to a woman they held as a domestic slave for more than two years. The couple will also serve a 14-month sentence that will be split between prison and home confinement.


Stiff Sentences Given for Five Human Smuggling Stash House Operators

Five men in the Rio Grande Valley received prison sentences ranging from 16 to 30 years each for their roles in a human smuggling stash house kidnapping scheme. The men stole the human cargo from a stash house and then demanded the victims call family members to pay a ransom for their release. Two other previously deported illegal aliens also received sentences in the case.

A US Border Patrol agent watches as a group of people use inner tubes to float down the New River, reportedly the most polluted river in the US, after illegally crossing the US/Mexico border on March 27, 2005 near Calexico, California. The black plastic bags are for carrying a dry …

Cuban Faces Deportation for Impersonating Border Patrol Agent

A federal judge in south Texas handed down an 18-month prison sentence to a Cuban national who posed as a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The Cuban man attempted to scam a confidential informant into giving him $7,000 in exchange for permanent resident status documents.

Rollover Accident with Human Smuggling

Mexican National Gets Life for Human Smuggling Death

A Mexican national who had been living in Houston, Texas, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison for human trafficking. He was also convicted of causing the death of at least one of the smuggled immigrants.


DOJ Sues Texas County Over Disabled Voting Access

HOUSTON, Texas — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against Harris County, Texas, charging that election officials have failed to provide polling places that are accessible to disabled voters.