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Hurricane Hanna rolls in near the Hampton Inn where migrants were being held.
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The Trump administration announced this week that it will not expel migrant children and parents who were being held at the Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites in McAllen.

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.

McAllen Police Department processed from McAllen Medical Center in honor of the two officers who died.
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Two McAllen police officers, Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez, died while responding to a domestic disturbance on Saturday. The alleged shooter, identified as 23-year-old Audon Camarillo, opened fire when the officers tried to enter the home.

From Texas Standard:

The number of people hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19 symptoms has more than doubled in two weeks, to more than 8,000 people. And hospital officials in many parts of the state warn that they are running out of resources. In the Rio Grande Valley, health officials are sounding the alarm as 10 out of 12 hospitals are reported to be at capacity, and patients in places like Starr County are being sent to hospitals hundreds of miles away. 

Hermi Forshage models a long leopard dress. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2011.
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Dozens of people eagerly gathered inside the halls of a local hotel in McAllen, Texas this week for a fashion show — but the models weren’t professionals hired by designer labels.

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Vice President Mike Pence and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee visited a tent-like temporary detention facility in Donna and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Station in McAllen Friday.

The same day, groups across the country scheduled vigils to protest conditions at migrant detention facilities.

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Residents in the Rio Grande Valley gathered at vigils in McAllen and Brownsville on Sunday evening to remember the lives of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria.

The Salvadoran father and daughter drowned as they tried to cross the river between Matamoros and Brownsville last Sunday. Valeria’s mother, Tania Vanessa Avalos, watched as her family was swept away.

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Migrant dads waiting at a bus station in the Rio Grande Valley likely weren't thinking about how to celebrate Father’s Day this past weekend.  Still, local volunteers tried to make their ongoing journeys more comfortable for them and their families.

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Two NFL players made a stop in the Rio Grande Valley this week to learn first-hand what is going on at the border and to provide some help to migrant families in both the U.S. and Mexico.

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The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security continued his tour of immigration facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday.