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5/ Doctors in the Rio Grande Valley are pleading with officials and lawmakers for more testing kits. But they’ve been told testing kits were allocated to areas much harder hit, and they were not a priority.

While many places across the country are struggling to get enough testing, the problems are magnified in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley has been hit hard with extreme drought conditions, but relief is coming in the form of repetitive showers and thunderstorms:

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Tonight: Light rain will be possible late tonight mainly in the Rio Grande Plains and Hill Country. Otherwise, lows will be upper 50s to lower 60s with southerly flow returning. Some patchy fog will be possible by morning.

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This is the first COVID-19-related death in the Rio Grande Valley.

A U.S. border patrol agent looks at cactus spines splintered into a man who was detained alongside a group of others suspected of smuggling marijuana into the United States from Mexico in Rio Grande City, Texas. More photos of the month: 📷 Adrees Latif

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Storms in Mexico will continue to move eastward approaching the Rio Grande. Severe storms are possible with large hail and damaging winds being the primary threats. #stxwx  #txwx  #ccspotter 

On Thursday, 14 more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the Rio Grande Valley. This brings the total number of cases in the Rio Grande Valley to 158. Of these 158, 10 cases have been cleared.

“It just seems like the forgotten man down here.” It’s a struggle across the state to get coronavirus tests, but especially in the Rio Grande Valley, where many residents are at a high risk for the virus. With @ProPublica :

"The Security Apparatus, Federal Magistrate Courts, and Detention Centers as Simulacra: The Effects of Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy on Migrants and Refugees in the Rio Grande Valley" -


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Border Patrol took us to the border itself, including a boat patrol of the Rio Grande River. We saw Mexican government authorities patrolling. Border Patrol told us this was a direct result of the Trump Administration’s efforts to work with Mexico.

The decades-long failure to secure our border, in one photo. Last week, agents recovered more than 700 lbs. of cocaine—worth $22.5 million—near part of the U.S.–Mexico border with no wall. When confronted, the suspects drove into the Rio Grande and fled to Mexico.

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WATCH: @CustomsBorder  rescues 28 illegal aliens as they attempt to cross the Rio Grande River into the United States. The group, which included 14 children from 8 months to 17 years of age, are victims of human smuggling. Thank you to our CBP agents for acting swiftly and saving lives!

This week we inspected conditions at the Rio Grande Valley border sector. It’s the busiest sector for unauthorized entry into our country. Here’s what we saw (THREAD):

"It is disheartening that families continue to put their lives and the lives of their children at risk of drowning and heat-related injuries by crossing the dangerous Rio Grande River and through the surrounding desert,” said Del Rio Sector ChiefPatrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz.

1/ This is Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria. They were reportedly unable to request asylum on U.S. soil. They later drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande.

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A searing photo of a man and his 23-month-old daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande underscores the perils of the migration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Last video of the day. Found a beautiful spot on the Rio Grande where there is no wall. No fence. Just the river. Oh and there’s shuffleboard.

The terrible picture of a migrant father and his young daughter laying dead in the Rio Grande River should finally wake up every American to the fact that Congress has failed to deal with this now life-death situation.

Sorry guys just catching up with the news! My thoughts are with you Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul.