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  Acevedo: A Brief History of the Rio Grande Valley, Part I
LAS VEGAS, New Mexico, July 20 - At present there are many concurrent and integrated social issues affecting the lower Texas Rio Grande Valley.
  Seifert: 'Thank you for visiting me'
BROWNSVILLE, July 20 - Sara is from San Pedro Sula, a large city in Honduras. She has wiry hair and a four year old who has figured out how to knot one of her bags to her small backpack.
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    Sisters of Mercy: Debunking the myths of why Central American children are coming
McALLEN, July 1 - Currently, two misconceptions are being cited in the media and by politicians.
    Bishop Flores: Is it a crisis? It is for the children
BROWNSVILLE, June 30 - The work continues, as the many Catholic Charities workers and volunteers seek to address the needs of the women and children who have come to us from Central America and Mexico.
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    Darling: Here's what's really happening on the South Texas-Mexico border
McAllen, June 30 - The city of McAllen — grappling with the humanitarian effort brought about by the influx of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied youth into the country this year — has found itself at the center of an extraordinary immigration situation.
    Sisters of Mercy: Violence in Central America the main cause of immigrant influx
McALLEN, June 29 – The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Leadership Team says it is “deeply troubled” that thousands of Central American children are forced to flee their home countries because of out-of-control violence in the region.
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  Acevedo: A Brief History of the Rio Grande Valley, Part I
LAS VEGAS, New Mexico, July 20 - At present there are many concurrent and integrated social issues affecting the lower Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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  Seifert: 'Thank you for visiting me'
BROWNSVILLE, July 20 - Sara is from San Pedro Sula, a large city in Honduras. She has wiry hair and a four year old who has figured out how to knot one of her bags to her small backpack.
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  Sisters of Mercy: Debunking the myths of why Central American children are coming
McALLEN, July 1 - Currently, two misconceptions are being cited in the media and by politicians.
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  Bishop Flores: Is it a crisis? It is for the children
BROWNSVILLE, June 30 - The work continues, as the many Catholic Charities workers and volunteers seek to address the needs of the women and children who have come to us from Central America and Mexico.
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  Darling: Here's what's really happening on the South Texas-Mexico border
McAllen, June 30 - The city of McAllen — grappling with the humanitarian effort brought about by the influx of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied youth into the country this year — has found itself at the center of an extraordinary immigration situation.
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  Sisters of Mercy: Violence in Central America the main cause of immigrant influx
McALLEN, June 29 – The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Leadership Team says it is “deeply troubled” that thousands of Central American children are forced to flee their home countries because of out-of-control violence in the region.
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  Seifert: Unaccompanied Child Immigrants
BROWNSVILLE, June 29 - On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the USA.
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  Acevedo: I am the Mexican
MADRID, New Mexico, June 29 - Guardian columnist Baltazar Acevedo y Arispe, Jr., has penned a poem titled "I am the Mexican."
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  Rogers: A humanitarian crisis? And then some.
SAN BENITO, June 27 - According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of the word refugee (ref•u•gee) in English is: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
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  Rodríguez: Missing the Point on Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border
EL PASO, June 23 - The issue of immigration reform has been on the hot burner since the McCain-Kennedy bill of 2005.
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  Muñoz: Reporters get chance to visit immigration detention center
BROWNSVILLE, June 19 - On Wednesday, reporters in separate groups of up to seven individuals, from local, national and international news outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Televisa and Univision were escorted through the Border Patrol holding facility at Veterans Bridge in Brownsville, Texas.
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  López: “Yo Solo”
SAN ANTONIO, June 19 - Few courageous stories of New Spain personalities surpass the brilliant career of General Bernardo de Gálvez (1746-1786). A man of such rare courage, King Carlos III awarded him the royal motto “Yo Solo”. While that may seem too bold a slogan, he earned it justly.
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  Pimentel: Valley's compassion for immigrants is shining through
McALLEN, June 14 - The care and compassion for the stranger that defines the Rio Grande Valley is now on full display at the assistance centers that have been set up for the huge influx of mothers and children from Central America.
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  Cuellar: Our policy on OTMs is sending wrong message to Central America
McALLEN, June 13 - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar has blasted the Obama administration over its handling of the Other Than Mexican immigration surge.
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  Cuellar to speak with unaccompanied minors detained by Border Patrol
McALLEN, June 13 - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar will meet and speak on Saturday with some of the unaccompanied minors detained by Border Patrol at its facility in McAllen.
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  Pharr leader wins high praise from big box developers
PHARR, June 7 - Big box retail project executives are fulsome in their praise of Pharr City Manager Fred Sandoval and the economic development team he has assembled at city hall.
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  Congressman Hinojosa visits Normandy for 70th Anniversary of D-Day
MERCEDES, June 6 - U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa was in Normandy, France, on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
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  López: Preserving Tejano Texas is not an option; it’s a must!
SAN ANTONIO, June 1 - No one knows exactly why after 1848, our Spanish Mexican ancestors were unable to maintain their long. well-documented chronicle as the founders of Texas. What is known is that some tried.
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  Seifert: The Beast in My Neighborhood, Part II
BROWNSVILLE, May 18 - A few weeks ago, I wrote about the horrors that a U.S. Border Patrol agent wreaked upon three Honduran immigrants–a border patrol agent, while on duty and working the river not far from McAllen, Texas, raped and tried to kill two fourteen year old girls and a mom (The Beast).
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  Acevedo: The Mexican American Piñatas
ALBEQUERQUE, New Mexico, May 4 - Suzanne Barbezat, editor of About Mexico, an online travel magazine describes the origins of the piñatas in Spain and the Spanish priests that brought its rituals to the Americas; "el nuevo mundo" or "new world."
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  Flores: When it comes to reality of immigration, Valley has different narrative
SAN JUAN, May 2 - The Bishop of Brownsville says the reality of immigration in the Rio Grande Valley provides a narrative far different from the discussions heard in other parts of the nation.
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  Jenkins/Olivares: Where civil rights and sexual assault collide
ALAMO, April 30 - Sexual assault has recently been in the headlines in South Texas. Especially now, since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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  State of the City Address - Edinburg
EDINBURG, April 29 - Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia recently gave the 2014 State of the City Address for Edinburg. Here are his prepared remarks:
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  State of the City Address - Hidalgo
HIDALGO, April 29 - Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda recently gave the 2014 State of the City Address for Hidalgo. Here are his prepared remarks:
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  Mounce: Gabo: Prose, Politics and Butterflies
EDINBURG, April 27 - A cascade of bright yellow butterflies anointed devotees of Gabo—Gabriel García Márquez--in the stately Bellas Artes Palace of Mexico City.
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  Acevedo: The Generic Latino
GALLUP, New Mexico, April 13 - I continue to be bemused and consternated at the ongoing use of the term “Latino” to describe all non-White and African-Americans under a singular social label.
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  López: Happy First Texas Independence Day (April 6, 1813)
SAN ANTONIO, April 6 - One of the best rewards in sharing early Texas history with a wide variety of audiences is the dialogue it generates.
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  Seifert: The Beast
BROWNSVILLE, March 31 - Several times a day, a train rumbles through our neighborhood. Johnny Cash may sing wistfully about the lonesome locomotive’s whistle, but there is nothing romantic about this train’s horn.
   
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 16:55

Acevedo: A Brief History of the Rio Grande Valley, Part I

Seifert: 'Thank you for visiting me'

Sisters of Mercy: Debunking the myths of why Central American children are coming

Bishop Flores: Is it a crisis? It is for the children

Darling: Here's what's really happening on the South Texas-Mexico border

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