Inside home of grandparents of Uvalde gunman—he shot his grandma prior to going to Robb elementary
TX: Inside the home of the grandparents of the #Uvalde gunman—The home where the 18y/o shot his grandmother in the face before he went to the nearby elementary school and took the lives of 21 innocent people—His grandfather shows me where there is still blood in the hallway. The grandfather of the #Uvalde shooter tells me the bullet went through the side of his wife’s cheek and came out under her ear. He tells me she was awake yesterday and was communicating to her daughter through writing.
AZ: Mayor Nicholls gives update after declaring local state of emergency
AZ: Talking with Mayor Douglas Nicholls — Updating after declaring a local state of emergency in December— ****DANG IT! Facebook cut this in half again! I try to ask as soon as I’m live but no one said there was an issue. My videos are NEVER supposed to look like this! I shoot 99% horizontally****
TX: Kinney Co. Sheriff Brad Coe updates on increasing numbers of smuggling, pursuits and trespassing
TX: Kinney Co. Sheriff Brad Coe updates on increasing numbers of smuggling, pursuits, trespassing in the county. As part of Governor Abbott's Operation Lonestar law enforcement in the county are charging for criminal trespass and have more than 2,000 cases pending.
TX: The sheriff of the biggest county in Texas: Lack of man power, increasing crime
Talking with Sheriff Dodson of Brewster County Sheriff's Office about an increase in smuggling cases in the biggest county in Texas. They have more than 192 miles of border to cover and more than 6,000 sq. feet to patrol.
Sister Pimentel w/Catholic Charities, NGO helping migrants in the busiest sector: Rio Grande Valley
Back in August, I talked with Sister Norma Pimentel of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. I wanted to check in to see how things are going and if they have seen an increase or decrease in the need for assistance. Sister Pimentel believes the administration has some policies in place to help with the influx of illegal immigration, however she says the messaging needs to be clearer and more consistent from our leaders, otherwise people are just going to keep coming with the hopes of getting in. Sister Pimentel explains that most migrants have families/sponsors that pay for their tickets to travel, but there are some the charity helps with. She says they were given money through a federal humanitarian grant. She says they were seeking around $1M and isn't sure how much of that they have received.
ICE releases adult women at San Antonio airport despite govt. claims people are expelled under T42
TX: An ICE bus of single adult females shows up at San Antonio airport — My ICE source says they are being released with a “Notice to Appear/Own Recognizance” (NTA/OR). The US government considers that "full removal proceedings" if they are on ATD (alternate to detention) which means they would have a tracking device-- Phone or ankle monitor-- The people I talked with didn't have either. Agents tell me this is happening daily and in one sector they are not expelling migrants from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua right now under Title 42 which is the health code that was put into place at the start of the pandemic.
Single adult migrants released at San Antonio airport despite Govt claims that they're T42 expelled
Large release of single adults at the San Antonio airport— Title 42 is not fully being enforced. An ICE source tells me single adult men and women are being released by the hundreds daily. They then fly or bus to their destination… Border agents in one sector say they haven’t been expelling migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela for months. It is a very arbitrary system. The US government says people are released on an ATD (Alternate to detention) and given a tracking device-- an ankle monitor or a cell phone-- But the people I spoke with had neither.
TX: Migrants are challenging trespassing charges from one Texas County
TX: Kinney Co. Attorney Brent Smith on trespassing charges filed in his county being challenged in Travis county and the latest on the investigation Texas House Democrats want into Office of the Governor Greg Abbott #OperationLoneStar
TX: Eagle Pass has seen an increase in people crossing the Rio
Eagle Pass in Maverick County is typically a spot officials see smuggling and drug trafficking-- Over the last week, the area saw an increase in people crossing the Rio into the U.S. In 3 days it saw more than 900 people walk in to self-surrender to agents to be processed. Hundreds are being released daily with an NTA (notice to appear).
Tense meeting between border agents and chief leaked: “Good men are doing nothing…”
LEAKED VIDEO: Tense exchange between @CBP agents & @USBPChief Friday 1/28/22 in Laredo—Chief Ortiz says they signed up for this job. Agent says, “For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing… Good men are doing nothing. You’re allowing illegal aliens to be dropped off in communities…” Chief Ortiz has been touring border stations with @DHSgov @AliMayorkas for the past few days. At the meeting in Yuma, it was reported border agents turned their back on the Secretary. This all comes as videos are being leaked countering claims from the administration. He acknowledged that morale was at an all-time love and that he doesn’t know how much fentanyl is getting into the country while they are busy processing migrants.
Realities for ranchers and so-called runners
The backyard border crisis rages on. Ranchers say the numbers of people trespassing on their property continues to rise and they feel unsafe. The very real situation land owners are facing, and the extreme conditions migrants are willing to experience for a chance of being in the U.S.
AZ: Update from Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls on state of emergency
In early December, Yuma Mayor Nicholls declared a local state of emergency due to an influx of migrants crossing the border. Because border agents were so busy, they were not able to pick people up and that led to people walking around the city of Yuma looking to self-surrender at th CBP headquarters. The sheriff says people were showing up to the department looking for help as well. The local medical center is handling the situation, the mayor says they are bringing in 17 additional staff members to assist.
TX: Ranch owners talk about increase in trespassing and feeling unsafe on their own property
TX: Talking with ranch owner, Lisa Conoly in Kinney Co. seeing an increase in trespassing. The county sheriff and county attorney tell me they have arrested at least 2,000 people for trespassing since August. Lisa says she no longer feels safe and carries her gun with her everywhere on her private property.