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Charles Pecce, 70, and wife Sharon Pecce, 76, clear debris after returning to their destroyed home in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna in Port Mansfield, Texas, U.S., July 26, 2020.
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A South Texas region exhausted by a months-long struggle with COVID-19, drought and economic distress now marshaled its resources to endure one more massive challenge: Hanna, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2020. The cyclone made two landfalls Saturday evening and spent the weekend tormenting the region with damaging winds, torrential rains and widespread flooding.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on Saturday for 32 counties affected by Hanna, including Bexar County.

Brownsville residents participate in a LGBTQ+ flag raising ceremony.
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Pride Month is coming to an end and this year many of the usual pride marches, rallies and events took place online. That includes the City of Brownsville’s first Drag Queen Storytime — a virtual event that caused some in the community to protest.


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Una de las primeras cosas que dijo Alex que hace cuando llega al trabajo es esperar en la línea antes de fichar. 

“Entonces, vas y ves algunas mesas que están tal vez a 60 yardas, donde controlan la temperatura,” contó Alex.

Los trabajadores esperan en la neblina antes del amanecer para controlar su temperatura, y una vez adentro, es hora de trabajar.

Alex Chavez is currently building a container ship, but he and others say their company hasn't taken proper precautions to protect them against COVID-19.
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The sun has not yet punched through the darkness when Alex Chavez leaves his house. 


The outside of a MPP court facility in Brownsville is guarded with barbed wire.
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Christina Brown is an immigration attorney in Denver, but also represents people on the southern border who are in the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico program, which requires migrants to wait in Mexico while their court cases unfold in U.S. immigration court.

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For the past 18 days, a group of more than a dozen protesters have demonstrated outside a big white tent on the banks of the Rio Grande in Brownsville. 

 

 


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Hundreds of red, blue and orange tents are scattered around the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, where more than 2,000 asylum seekers live. Children with their families have endured heat, cold and inclement weather for months. Such conditions are grinding down migrants' mental health.

The outside of a MPP court facility in Brownsville is guarded with barbed wire.
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The Trump administration has lifted a ban on public and press access to immigration hearings in tented courts in Brownsville and Laredo.

Joe Colon Uvalles and Albert Hinojosa attended the Brownsville City Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday Dec. 5, 2019 to push for the creation of the city's first LGBTQ task force.
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The Brownsville City Commission approved the creation of a task force on Tuesday night that will give the LGBTQ community a voice in addressing discrimination, health concerns and other related issues in the border city.


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Thousands of asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, don’t have access to clean water. They have to use the Rio Grande for bathing, washing clothes and cooling off from the blistering heat. Migrants have developed skin infections, and some have drowned. But a group of volunteers is trying to make their lives better.


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