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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Human Smugglers Actions put Many Lives at Risk

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UPDATE: US/Mexico border wall nears 400 miles

As President Trump is in Arizona on October 19, 2020, as of this day, more than 370 miles of new border wall is complete
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Executive Order increases occupancy levels for all business other than bars to 75%

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials.
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McAllen ISD’s Dr. Gonzalez named Texas Superintendent of the Year

A combination of leadership, foresight and determination has catapulted McAllen ISD’s Superintendent Dr. J.A. Gonzalez to the top spot in Texas.

2020 U.S. Census – Zoom Town Hall with RGV Congressmen

Hosted by Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez, Filemon Vela, Henry Cuellar and Futuro RGV.
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Sister Pimentel named in Time 100 Most Influential People

UTRGV Distinguished Alumni Sister Norma Pimentel has been named to the Time 100 Most Influential People.
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Texas Border Business

EDINBURG, Texas – Yesterday, agents rescued four subjects from the fast moving currents of the Rio Grande and encountered a man in dire need of medical attention in Brooks County.

Yesterday evening, the Weslaco station riverine units working near Hidalgo, Texas, observed a raft with multiple subjects nearing the U.S. riverbank. As Border Patrol boats approached the area, the smuggler turned the raft around in an attempt to return to Mexico. While retreating, the smuggler pushed four people from the raft into the river prompting agents to disengage with the smuggler and begin rescue efforts. Some of the subjects in the water were struggling to stay afloat in the fast moving current. All four subjects were safely recovered and transported to the U.S. Riverbank. Agents assessed their health and transported them to the Hidalgo Port of Entry for further processing.

Later, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents assigned to the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit working in Encino, Texas, apprehended a group of five illegal aliens attempting to circumvent the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint. While evaluating the group, one of the subjects began to experience convulsions. Agents immediately provided the man with medical attention for the convulsions and severe dehydration. As agents worked on the man, they requested Emergency Medical Services who transported the subject to a local medical facility for further treatment.  

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo.

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