Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

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Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro covers immigration and federal courts for The Monitor. He can be reached at lzazueta@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4452.

5 years later, respite center remains a haven for immigrants fleeing persecution

McALLEN — Inside a crowded cell at the U.S. Border Patrol Central Processing Center, Sister Norma Pimentel recited the Lord’s Prayer to a group...

Border captures topped 140,000 in May

McALLEN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they apprehended more than 140,000 people at the U.S.-Mexico border last month, according to the...

CBP releases new details on teen who died in custody

McALLEN — While new details have been shared regarding the 16-year-old Guatemalan teen who died Monday at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Weslaco,...

Teen dies at Weslaco Border Patrol station

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed the death of a 16-year-old Guatemalan national who died Monday at its Weslaco station, according to an...

Woman in mother-son smuggling case pleads guilty

READ THE COMPLAINT: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5989858-Rodriguez-complaint.htmlMcALLEN — A U.S. citizen residing in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, pleaded guilty to an import charge last week in connection with her...

Smuggler pleads guilty in deadly harboring case

READ THE COMPLAINT:https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5987203-Martinez-Rodriguez-complaint.html McALLEN — A 20-year-old Mexican national pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for his role in a smuggling case that resulted in...

RGV shelter for immigrants opens

DONNA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have unveiled the tent facility here that’s designed to accommodate asylum-seekers who, upon arriving at the...

RGV immigrant detentions surpass 2018 total

McALLEN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Monday that total apprehensions for the Rio Grande Valley sector in fiscal year 2019 have...

$2M bond set for murder suspect nabbed at port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday the arrest of a Mexican national on an arrest warrant tied to a 2015 homicide case,...

Sentencing delayed in medical equipment fraud case; Woman faces up to 10 years in...

McALLEN — The owner of a durable medical equipment company accused of scamming more than $4 million in Medicaid funds will not be sentenced...