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  • Sarah Palin Reveals DAMNING Secret On Cruz’s Past During Speech, He DIDN’T Want This Out

    04/02/2016 10:42:10 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 129 replies
    Ending the Fed ^ | 4/2/2016
    While stumping for GOP front-runner Donald Trump, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was speaking to a group of mostly establishment conservatives, and she ended up silencing the room after revealing a damning secret about Sen. Ted Cruz’s past that he didn’t want out. During her speech, the audience remained quite quiet as Palin explained to them the importance of not falling for deception, which they would be doing if the supported Cruz and his weak and opportunistic position on immigration. Evidence of his position, as Palin explained to the crowd, was when he accompanied Glenn Beck in McAllen, Texas to...
  • Airplane Full of Illegal Immigrants Seized at Texas Border

    09/10/2015 7:02:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 9/10/15 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Federal authorities have seized a private airplane full of illegal immigrants. The aircraft was being used in an attempt to smuggle seven illegal immigrants from the Texas border into the interior U.S. to avoid immigration checkpoints. The arrests of the seven illegal immigrants and seizure of the airplane took place on Sunday morning following a routine inspection at the McAllen Miller International airport, information released by the Air and Marine branch of U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed.It was during that inspection that authorities found the illegal immigrants hiding inside a Beech King Air E90 aircraft. The airplane’s pilot, a...
  • Chris Christie Just Went Out of His Way to Trash Jeb Bush

    08/26/2015 4:26:25 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 13 replies ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went out of his way to slam former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) during a Tuesday night interview. Christie brought up his presidential rival on Fox News when he was asked how GOP candidates should strike the right balance on immigration issues. "You don't need to be pandering to one way or the other. I'll tell the way you don't do it: You don't do focus-group-tested trips to the border, speak Spanish, and then criticize Asians. I mean, I don't think that's the way you do it," Christie replied. This was a direct reference...

    08/29/2014 7:00:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 88 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2014 | BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other...
  • Free Republic Eyes On The Border: After Action Report

    07/28/2014 9:59:55 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 104 replies
    First Hand Observation | 7/28/2014 | humblegunner
    This past weekend, 7/26 and 7/27, Jim & Chris Robinson, Syncro & I met up near McAllen, Texas to observe first-hand the situation at the border along the Rio Grande. My report is as follows: Border Patrol Station Operations: Friday and Saturday we set about observation of the McAllen Border Patrol Station at 3000 West Military Hwy. Buses were indeed seen leaving at intervals throughout the day. It was mentioned on this thread that a warehouse was being used to stage illegals for transport elsewhere. Its location had been reported as 3700 W. Ursula Ave (Thanks to Buckeye Texan here)....
  • Congressman at Border: 'Obama Begging to Be Impeached'

    07/26/2014 12:25:54 PM PDT · by kristinn · 125 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Saturday, July 26, 2014 | Jerome Corsi
    McALLEN, Texas – Observing what he could only describe as “chaos on the border” during a midnight tour of the Rio Grande on Friday, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, concluded, “President Obama is begging to be impeached.” “For all I know, Obama is preparing to process five million illegal immigrant kids and teenagers into the United States,” Stockman said upon observing border operations near McAllen, Texas. “He wants us to impeach him now,” Stockman theorized, “before the midterm election because his senior advisors believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama...
  • Protest Obama's Texas Rio Grande Valley Border Crisis and Illegal Alien Invasion of America

    07/20/2014 2:49:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 191 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Calling all citizens and patriots! Protest Obama's lawlessness on the border! Prepare to defend the border, repel invaders!! Obama's continuing lawlessness is totally out of control and is now threatening our very existence as a free Republic. Not only is he not securing the border, he's doing the exact opposite. They tried getting a "Dream Act" through the congress to give amnesty to young illegal aliens, but it was rejected by the representatives of we the people in congress, so the president has unconstitutionally "passed" his own "Dream Act" and is now enforcing it rather than the immigration laws legally...
  • Protest against Obama's illegal alien invasion, Sacramento, July 19, 2014

    07/19/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    We had about a hundred people present at our anti-illegal alien protest in Sacramento today. We had people representing Oath Keepers, Overpasses for America, Free Republic and other groups, including a contingent of volunteers from the Bolinas Border Patrol. There was only one counter protester that I'm aware of and in the end she gave in and took up an American flag and a "Secure the Borders" sign. I overheard her say, "OMG, I've always been a flaming liberal and now I'm a member of the tea party!" But she was also an admitted lunatic and possibly an escapee from...
  • USA's 'Most Privileged' Illegal Immigrant Stuck In Texas Border Town

    07/13/2014 4:16:32 PM PDT · by WVKayaker · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 7/13/2014 | TONY LEE
    ...Vargas conceded that he does "not have a single U.S. government-issued ID" and, like most of the country's eleven million illegal immigrants, does not have a driver's license. But Vargas notes ever since he came out as an illegal immigrant in a New York Times magazine profile, "I’ve been the most privileged undocumented immigrant in the country." ...
  • Scabies-Infected Illegal Immigrants Pass Infestation to US Law Enforcement

    05/27/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 5-27-14 | Kristin Tate
    Several U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector have reportedly contracted scabies from contact with detained illegal immigrants. According to a report by Action 4 News, about 10-15 percent of apprehended illegal immigrants have scabies in the RVG area. "A lot of people [are] coming in with the disease, and it seems to be spreading, not just within the McAllen station, but throughout the Valley and to some of our agents," Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, told the local media outlet. Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border...
  • DAY 3: THREE more abortion centers — CLOSED!

    03/10/2014 7:02:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 03.07.14 | Shawn Carney - 40 Days for Life
    Now isn’t that some great news? Reports have been rolling in from Texas – the state where 40 Days for Life began – that abortion facilities are shutting down left and right. The latest closures include three businesses where faithful 40 Days for Life volunteers have prayed on the sidewalks outside for years. Plus – there’s another abortion center where volunteers are very hopeful that the business they’re praying in front of will soon join the list. Here are the details.——————————————————- BEAUMONT, McALLEN AND HARLINGEN, TEXAS ——————————————————-The three businesses closing are Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont and McAllen, along with...
  • MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s Show Calls Abortion Practitioners Heroes

    03/08/2014 8:02:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion practitioners across the country are responsible for nearly 57 million abortions. They kill unborn babies on a daily basis, kill and injure women in failed abortions, and leave women, men, and families dealing with devastating mental health and spiritual issues as a result. While a majority of Americans oppose abortion and believe abortions ought to be illegal, MSNBC held a segment calling abortion practitioners heroes. The Maddow show story focused on the anger abortion advocates have over pro-life laws in Texas and other states resulting in closing abortion businesses because they can’t seem to follow the law. As Texas...
  • Police Arrest Illegal Aliens With Ties To Massive Target Credit Card Breach

    01/20/2014 6:47:48 PM PST · by montag813 · 27 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-20-2014 | TRN
    Police have arrested two Mexican illegal aliens on fraud charges in the first arrests tied to the December Target credit card breach -- a stark reminder of the frequent involvement of illegal immigration and identity theft in the U.S.On Sunday, Police arrested 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez both from Monterrey as they tried to cross into the U.S. from Reynosa with 96 fraudulent credit credit cards in their possession, said Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Account information stolen during the Target security breach was used to produce the credit cards. The illegals, both from Monterrey, Mexico, used cards...
  • Open Carry Texas Holds Rally at McAllen Police Department; Updates to the Horton Arrest

    08/20/2013 9:35:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    nogreatercause ^ | 11 August, 2013 | NA
    Open Carry Texas Members and Supporters Rally at the McAllen Police DepartmentOpen Carry Texas member and supporters rallied at the McAllen Police Department Saturday where member Zach Horton was arrested earlier in the week for what appears to be doing nothing more than following the law.The rally, dubbed “Come and Take It McAllen,” brought a crowd of 75-100 people at it’s peak, many of whom were legally openly carrying rifles in accordance with state law. The event was peaceful and drew Open Carry Texas members from across the state as well as local members and supporters in the Rio Grande...
  • TX:Gun owners plan protest at McAllen PD after activist arrested

    08/10/2013 4:03:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 8 August, 2013 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    McALLEN — Organizers expect more than 100 gun owners to gather Saturday at the McAllen police station to protest the arrest of a gun rights activist who sought to photograph himself outside the Police Department with a rifle slung across his back. Zach William Horton, 37, had been traveling for work throughout the Rio Grande Valley, stopping at various police departments along the way and taking photographs outside them with his rifle. In McAllen, the effort landed him in jail. It’s a legal practice in Texas, which is an open carry state for rifles but not for handguns, said Robert...
  • Illegal Alien Border Crossings TRIPLE as 'Gang of 8' Amnesty Talk Heats Up

    05/02/2013 8:14:40 PM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-02-2013 | John Hill
    Here they come: Migrants bound for the U.S. border ride on top of a train in Ixtepec, in Oaxaca, southern Mexico (AP).- For months, Stand With Arizona has been reporting (most recently here, here and here) on the massive increase in border crossings since Obama and the 'Gang of Eight' started promising amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. And I have been interviewed by two dozen media outlets from the Washington Post and L.A. Times to CNN and even FoxNews. Each time I begged them to report the truth about what border agents were telling me - that a tidal...
  • Hinojosa draws a blank on Second Amendment(TX)

    10/25/2012 6:53:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 24 October, 2012 | Dave Hendricks
    McALLEN — Asked Wednesday about the Second Amendment, longtime U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa fumbled for an answer. “There are so many people in Washington who come and talk to us about the Constitution and the rights that they want kept sacred and that not do anything about them. (sic) That we not change them. That we not amend them,” said Hinojosa. “And I can tell you that — I’m drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think it’s the weapons, isn’t it? The NRA?” Hinojosa recovered after a brief pause, recalling how the 1999 Columbine High School massacre...
  • The United States of Mexico? Endgame of multiculturalism: Hispanic reacquisition of the Southwest

    10/20/2011 5:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    American students now pledge allegiance to Mexico. They sing its na- tional an- them. And it is sanctioned by the state of Texas. Sound absurd? It is. Last month in a Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas, students recited the Mexican pledge of allegiance and were instructed to memorize the Mexican anthem. Moreover, they had to wear red, white and green - the colors of the Mexican flag - as they fulfilled their class assignment. Public high schools no longer promote American patriotism, but they are doing a superb job of cultivating loyalty to Mexico....
  • TX High School Students Made to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance

    10/17/2011 7:17:39 AM PDT · by massmike · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/17/2011 | n/a
    Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson. Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class. That didn’t go over well with sophomore Brenda Brinsdon. The 15-year-old sat down and refused to participate. She also caught it all on video. I just thought it was out of...
  • Mexico sending troops to north amid attacks

    05/06/2011 9:26:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | May 6, 2011 | EDUARDO CASTILLO
    Mexico sent hundreds of soldiers and federal police to a drug-violence plagued northern region Friday, the same day cartel gunmen fired on a military convoy with a grenade launcher and hit a bus carrying employees of a U.S.-owned assembly plant. The attack on the army convoy underscored the growing boldness of Mexico's drug cartels. The army said attackers believed to be working for the Zetas cartel opened fire on the army vehicles with guns and a grenade launcher from a highway overpass on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey. One soldier and five people in passing vehicles were...
  • [Texas:]Brownsville, McAllen rank among America's least intelligent cities

    12/07/2010 1:08:04 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 62 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/06/2010
    Brownsville and McAllen are among America's least intelligent cities, according to a survey released late last week. A survey by the website, ranked the two Rio Grande Valley cities among America's dumbest. Using new data released by the U.S. Census bureau, the website look at the average level of higher education obtained by the residents in 200 cities or metropolitan statistical areas. Education levels were matched to income. Boulder, Colorado ranked number 1 in the USA in terms of intelligence while Modesto, California ranked number 200. Brownsville ranked 198 out of 200 while McAllen-Edinburg ranked 199 out of 200....
  • Confessions shed light on purported Gulf Cartel carjacking ring in McAllen (Texas)

    11/01/2010 4:03:43 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 31, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    McALLEN — Confessions given by suspects arrested in a recent carjacking ring suggest the alleged robbers are targeting luxury vehicles ordered by Gulf Cartel members in Reynosa. The Monitor obtained copies of the confessions from McAllen police officials this week. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said more arrests are pending in the case, which involves at least two carjackings in McAllen and Mission, and one in Edinburg. "It’s troubling that again we are dealing with illegal aliens, ones arrested two or three months ago and they are back again," the chief said. "They rob and victimize our community at will."...
  • Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling

    03/31/2010 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 223+ views - News Release ^ | March 30, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 30, 2010 Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling WASHINGTON - Samuel Abrahaley Fessahazion, 23, an Eritrean national, has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle illegal aliens to the United States for private financial gain, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Fessahazion, aka "Sami," aka "Sammy," aka "Alex" and aka "Alex Williams" pleaded guilty on March 29, 2010, in Houston to one count of conspiracy and two counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to, enter or reside in the United...
  • [South Texas:]Police: One in custody, two injured after cartel shooting at McAllen Walmart

    03/15/2010 9:13:07 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies · 895+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 15, 2010 | JARED TAYLOR
    McALLEN — Police have detained one man suspected of a drug cartel-related kidnapping and shooting near a Walmart store Sunday night. Two men were shot and possibly kidnapped during the incident, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. Sunday near the 1200 block of Jackson Avenue, said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. "We're still piecing together information," Rodriguez said. "It appears to obviously be organized crime." Investigators believe the two men voluntarily left with the suspected kidnappers in a Chevrolet Tahoe at the parking lot outside Walmart on the 1200 block of Jackson Avenue. When one of the men worried he was...
  • [Texas:]McAllen man kidnapped, held in Mexico returned to U.S. soil

    12/01/2009 12:24:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 883+ views
    The Monitor ^ | November 30, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — U.S. federal authorities continue to question a man who was kidnapped from a local coffee shop and held for ransom in Mexico for nearly a week. Raul Alvarado’s abductors allegedly demanded a ransom of $30,000 and two luxury vehicles. But it remains unclear whether any payments were made before Mexican police discovered him bound and beaten in a Reynosa stash house Friday. Alvarado, 36, of McAllen, told Mexican officials that he had intended to meet a business contact from Reynosa at the Starbucks Coffee near the intersection of Expressway 83 and South 10th Street on Nov. 23, when...
  • Tiger cubs debut at the Gladys Porter Zoo (McAllen, TX - WalMart Tiger Cubs Update)

    06/21/2008 10:55:10 AM PDT · by devane617 · 3 replies · 493+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | 06/21/2008 | Laura Tilman
    The Gladys Porter Zoo will welcome today six tiger cubs that were confiscated June 15 in McAllen. Authorities seized the Bengal tigers, an endangered species, after the cubs' owners allegedly tried to sell them in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service informed the zoo's facilities director Jerry Stones last week that the cubs could be formally added to the zoo's permanent collection, allowing staff to make preparations for their arrival. The public can view the six animals beginning at 9 a.m. today when they will make their public debut in the Small World exhibition space, where...
  • Texas to consider existing roads for I-69 project

    06/11/2008 5:39:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 246+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 11, 2008 | Jim Vertuno (Associated Press)
    Responding to concerns that a superhighway project running from East Texas to the border with Mexico could cut through private lands, state transportation officials said Tuesday that they will only consider putting it along existing roads. State officials have held almost 50 public meetings and received about 28,000 responses from residents about the proposed Interstate 69 project, which would be part of the so-called Trans-Texas Corridor network of toll roads. The "overwhelming sentiment" of the comments from the public was that the state should focus on using existing roads instead of carving new ones out of the countryside, said Amadeo...
  • TxDOT told to ‘prioritize’ in road funding crisis

    05/21/2008 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 181+ views
    The Monitor ^ | May 20, 2008 | James Osborne
    McALLEN -- State senators on Tuesday ordered transportation officials to assess Texas' highway system and prioritize which regions are most in need of new roads. "We're expecting a full report, not some two-page letter," said state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security. "You can't begin addressing the funding problems until you know when the roads are expected to come on line." The transportation committee, which met Tuesday morning at McAllen City Hall, has been at odds with the Texas Department of Transportation since earlier this year, when the agency announced the halt...
  • Lufkin mayor supports I-69 — if it follows current U.S. 59

    04/13/2008 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 1,404+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Brittony Lund
    Despite the uproar over the state's proposal to build Trans-Texas Corridor 69 through East Texas, Lufkin's mayor says he supports the highway — as long as it follows the path of the current U.S. Highway 59. The Trans Texas Corridor/I-69 project is a statewide network of transportation routes in Texas that will incorporate existing and new highways, railways and utility right-of-ways. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed road can go online to TxDOT has expanded its public comment period for TTC-69 to Friday, April 18. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gorden, along with 17 other Texans, to an I-69...
  • [South Texas:]Border security fears push Mexicans north

    03/20/2008 7:51:18 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 510+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 19, 2008 | James Osborne
    McALLEN - Increasing numbers of Mexican nationals are purchasing homes in Greater McAllen since Mexican soldiers were deployed to northern Tamaulipas in January, local real estate agents said. "They don't come right out and say it but you can tell that's the reason," said Michael Check, a sales agent with Keller Williams Realty in McAllen. "They say, ‘I consider this a safer environment for my kids.'" While no publicly available records track the nationalities of home buyers, numerous real estate professionals reported a heightened interest from northern Mexican buyers in homes in this area ranging from $120,000 to nearly $1...
  • Spanish firm using loan from U.S. to build segments of Texas toll road

    03/14/2008 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 860+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | March 13, 2008 | David Tanner
    Officials with the Spanish toll road operator Cintra have announced that the company has secured $430 million in loans from the U.S. government to build and operate two segments of a toll road in central Texas. Cintra officials announced the company’s financial plan for the $1.36 billion Highway 130 segments on Monday, March 10. OOIDA Senior Government Affairs Representative Mike Joyce told Land Line that the Association does raise red flags when federal dollars are used to subsidize private investors. Officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are not, however, categorically opposed to a state using future toll revenue to...
  • I-69 public hearing draws large crowd

    03/03/2008 2:01:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 994+ views
    The Tribune ^ | March 3, 2008 | Bonnie McKeena
    Heated comments flew around the room as more than 175 citizens gathered to voice their opinions at the TxDOT open house and public hearing on the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor held at the Humble Civic Center on Feb. 28, 2008. Congress designated I-69 as a high priority corridor in 1991 and again in 1998. In 2002, TxDOT unveiled the Trans-Texas Corridor project to accommodate Texas' future transportation needs. The TTC is a part of a 4,000-mile system of rail lines, truck and car lanes and concentrated utility routes to improve international and intrastate movement of goods and people from Canada to the...
  • Valley leaders make yet another appeal for interstate

    02/11/2008 6:19:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 281+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2008 | Christopher Sherman (Associated Press)
    McALLEN — In other parts of the state, transportation officials try to allay property owners' fears that a superhighway from Laredo north to Texarkana will result in a massive land grab. But in the lower Rio Grande Valley, the state's road builders spend more time assuring local leaders that they have a shot at being included. People in the fast-growing border area between Brownsville and McAllen have developed something of an inferiority complex about being the state's largest metropolitan area without an interstate highway. One after another, Valley leaders stepped to a microphone at public meetings last week and made...
  • Proposal in Texas for a Public-Private Toll Road System Raises an Outcry

    02/10/2008 5:13:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 10, 2008 | Ralph Blumenthal
    ROBSTOWN, Tex. — Leon Little’s farm here near Corpus Christi would not be seized for Texas’s proposed $184-billion-plus superhighway project for 5 or 10 years, if ever. But Mr. Little was alarmed enough to show up Wednesday night with hundreds of his South Texas coastal neighbors to do what the Texas Department of Transportation has been urging: “Go ahead, don’t hold back.” Don’t worry. Texans have gotten the message, swamping hearings and town meetings across the state to grill and often excoriate agency officials about a colossal traffic makeover known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, a public-private partnership unrivaled in the...
  • Threat Matrix: February 2008

    02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,614 replies · 19,265+ views
    Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said. Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding...
  • Valley leg of I-69 a big maybe

    02/05/2008 1:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 267+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | February 4, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    A so-called “NAFTA Superhighway” earned support from the city’s mayor and discussion among residents Monday during a public hearing on the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-69 project. TxDOT held a public hearing at the Brownsville Events Center Monday to explain the progress of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a future segment of Highway I-69, which will link the U.S.-Mexico border to the U.S.-Canada border. After a short presentation, the floor was open for comments. Among the local politicians, college students and retirees at the hearing there was a wide range of opinion on the project. According to Mario Jorge, district engineer for...
  • [South Texas]Three suspects arrested in McAllen kidnapping for $250,000 ransom

    02/02/2008 12:15:40 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 675+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 1, 2008 | Zack Quaintance
    McALLEN - Authorities continue to investigate the life-threatening kidnapping and ransom of a McAllen resident, which police officials called unique because the victim has no ties to drugs or organized crime. Authorities exchanged a $250,000 ransom, and the victim returned with injuries to family earlier this week, said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Police would not say the extent of the injuries. Police are releasing limited details about the incident citing an ongoing investigation and fear for the victim’s safety. They only say that he or she is an adult and has a wealthy family. The alleged kidnappers apparently targeted...
  • How Big Man In McAllen Bundles Big For Clinton

    11/25/2007 4:22:31 AM PST · by xtinct · 48 replies · 912+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/07 | Matthew Mosk
    McALLEN, Tex. -- During the first nine months of this year, Sen. Barack Obama raised just $2,086 for his presidential campaign from people who live in and around this border town of stucco bungalows and weed-covered farm lots, and most candidates raised even less. But Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has already raised more than $640,000 here, and her campaign expects to collect even more. Clinton's success in this unlikely setting is based almost entirely on her friendship with one man, McAllen developer Alonzo Cantu. A self-made millionaire who once picked grapes on the migratory farm labor circuit,...
  • Anyone got a map?

    10/28/2007 3:20:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 135+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | October 28, 2007 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    During this year's legislative session, Texas had an "oh, wait, hold on, don't do that" moment on privately funded tollways. Fair enough, but now it's time to figure out what the state should do, including how to pay for what the state's highway czar calls a $100 billion shortfall in money needed for essential highway projects. Ric Williamson, the Weatherford businessman who is chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, says "the entire future of the state transportation system" depends on potential revenue from private toll road investors. Without it, staffers with the Texas Department of Transportation told commission members at...
  • Series of bomb threats at McAllen airport linked [to northern Mexico]

    09/11/2007 1:57:24 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 510+ views
    The Monitor ^ | September 10, 2007 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — Three recent bomb threat hoaxes against McAllen-Miller International Airport, including one Monday afternoon, originated from the same location in northern Mexico, authorities said. The latest incident, which occurred just after 4 p.m., forced passengers and airport employees out into the parking lot while bomb-sniffing dogs swept the terminal. All arriving and departing flights were delayed for more than 30 minutes. Police say airport officials received an e-mail written in Spanish claiming one bomb was hidden inside the terminal and another was set to go off aboard a Continental Airlines flight arriving from Houston. “We cleared the building and...
  • [South Texas:] McAllen mayor takes border wall protest to Monterrey

    07/26/2007 3:24:30 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 648+ views
    The Monitor ^ | July 26, 2007 | KYLE ARNOLD
    MONTERREY — A billboard in Monterrey hangs high above the highway to Reynosa, alerting motorists that not everyone on this side of the border agrees with putting a wall between the two countries. The billboard reads “McAllen rechaza el muro fronteriza” or McAllen rejects the border wall. It’s just part of a multi-pronged attack city and business officials in the Rio Grande Valley are mounting to convince neighbors in Mexico that the area is still open to their visits — and their money. With the background of a "No Border Wall" poster, McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez visited Monterrey Wednesday to...
  • [South Texas] Minutemen plan to watch McAllen construction sites Saturday

    02/09/2007 11:10:04 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 473+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 09,2007 | Andres R. Martinez
    Give us your 2 cents at McALLEN — The Minutemen plan to conduct surveillance on city construction sites Saturday and recruit volunteers for a month-long border watch in April. "We will try to confirm that there is illegal activity going on," said Olivia Garces, the Minutemen’s local director. "Once we do establish that, we will be putting up a form on the building that says that they are breaking the law." This is the first time the group, formally known as the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, has conducted an operation in McAllen. The group was founded in 2004 to...
  • Mexican woman accused of smuggling 13,000 rounds [into Mexico]

    08/10/2006 9:09:23 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 86 replies · 1,320+ views ^ | 08/10/06
    McALLEN, Texas -- A 42-year-old Mexican woman is accused of trying to smuggle 13,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Balbina Morales-Oscoy, of Posa Rica, Veracruz, was arrested at the Pharr international bridge Aug. 4 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they found 19 boxes of .22-caliber ammunition and about 2,500 rounds of .38 Super ammunition concealed in soft drink boxes in the vehicle she was driving. She was charged with conspiracy to export defense articles, a felony. A federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation began Aug. 2, after ICE agents received information from the...
  • Family, friends cheer on McAllen astronaut

    07/18/2006 10:53:18 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 214+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 07/17/2006 11:02 PM CDT | Jesse Bogan
    Family, friends cheer on McAllen astronaut Web Posted: 07/17/2006 11:02 PM CDT Jesse Bogan Rio Grande Valley Bureau McALLEN — The recent e-mail from outer space informed the small group the voyage had been safe and rewarding. Their supporting role was almost over. "Now the shuttle is just about packed and ready to come home," astronaut Mike Fossum, 48, who grew up in McAllen, wrote them from the space shuttle Discovery on Sunday. "We're all ready, too — our objectives have been met." Hours later, on Monday morning, they gathered before a large television screen in Fossum's boyhood home,...
  • [South Texas:] McAllen lawyer reported missing from Reynosa courthouse [in Mexico]

    07/12/2006 11:12:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 760+ views
    Valley Morning Star/The Monitor ^ | July 12, 2006 | ANDRES R. MARTINEZ
    Mexican authorities haven't ruled out kidnapping McALLEN - The last time anyone saw attorney Mario Perera Riveroll was two weeks ago outside a Reynosa courthouse, colleagues said. The 43-year-old lawyer has been missing since he left the Junta de Consilacion y Arbitraje, Reynosa's labor court, at about 11 a.m. June 27. Perera, a partner for more than a year at Matulewicz & Perera in McAllen, told colleagues he would be back for a 1:30 p.m. hearing. But that night, one of the firm's lawyers notified state police in Reynosa that he was missing. Perera had not shown up at the...
  • Boy Scouts Hoped Shuttle Discovery Would Have Launched

    07/02/2006 5:59:22 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 297+ views
    KGBT ^ | July 2, 2006 | Anabel Marquez
    Boy Scouts Hoped Shuttle Discovery Would Have Launched July 2, 2006, 05:49 PM Reported by Anabel Marquez McAllen Space shuttle Discovery is on the launch pad in Florida. But it isn't going anywhere. As people waited to see the discovery's lift-off Saturday, NASA officials called off the expedition due to bad weather. In the Valley, members of McAllen Boy Scout Troop 7 gathered at one of the boy scouts' houses to watch the launch. They were excited about Astronaut Michael Fossum, a former Eagle Scout from their troop - leap into space. "It's just such a small world that he...
  • Texas Co. Hired Illegals to Make MREs

    10/28/2005 7:38:26 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 19 replies · 489+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Oct 28, 12:04 AM EDT
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas employment agency was sentenced to five years of probation for hiring illegal immigrants to work at the nation's top producer of military battlefield rations, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The Tollin Group was also fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $414,000 in civil penalties Wednesday. It has been barred from Department of Defense contracts for three years. The San Antonio-based company, which does business as Remedy Intelligent Staffing, pleaded guilty in January to hiring illegal immigrants and trying to cover it up by falsifying employment eligibility forms. The workers were hired for Wornick Co., which...
  • Slipping through a gap in border enforcement

    07/15/2005 11:45:54 PM PDT · by thorshammer · 7 replies · 440+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 7/16/2005 | Juan Castillo
    MCALLEN — Illegal immigrants from Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and other nations routinely descend on the bus station just steps from the New World discount store in this bustling, sweltering city 10 miles from a U.S.-Mexico bridge. They openly gather in groups, make phone calls and buy bus tickets to cities across the United States. They have little fear of being arrested — most already have been. Happily. Many, in fact, illegally crossed the border hoping to get caught right away and slip through a crack in the nation's immigration system known as "catch and release.' While Mexicans can...
  • Trans Texas Corridor in planning stage until 2006

    03/24/2005 2:46:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 823+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 24,2005 | James Osborne
    McALLEN — As long as the Trans Texas Corridor has been in the works, Project Manager Jack Heiss has been answering questions about what’s taking so long. "I get that question from people sometimes," he said. "What people need to understand is that this is 4,000 miles. For a project of this size, it’s a very short period of their lives." The corridor project has remained locked in the environmental survey phase for close to three years and will remain so until the summer of 2006. But on Tuesday night, Heiss and other TxDOT representatives fielded questions at a public...
  • Brownsville vies for major highway corridors (Trans-Texas Corridor)

    03/07/2005 1:57:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 600+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | March 6, 2005 | Gilberto Salinas
    Brownsville vies for major highway corridors McAllen, Laredo also in running for interstate linking Canada to Mexico By Gilberto SalinasThe Brownsville Herald March 6, 2005 — Brownsville is among three South Texas cities playing a game of musical chairs for two major highway corridors. When the music stops, one city will come out empty-handed in its bid to land Interstate-69 and Trans-Texas Corridor-35. Both projects remain in the planning stages, but state transportation officials have already narrowed the competitors to McAllen, Laredo and Brownsville. “There’s two legs and three locations. In the Rio Grande Valley, we’re going to get at...