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A federal judge in El Paso blocked the Trump administration’s plan to pay for border barrier construction with $3.6 billion in military funds, ruling that they do not have the authority to divert money appropriated by Congress for a different purpose.

A new Texas law seeks to remove the patient from negotiations regarding surprise medical bills. But a last-minute rule-making controversy shows how hard it is to fix the problem. via @TexasObserver 

Here’s how some overworked, underpaid lawyers and powerful judges are causing poor Texans to fall through the cracks of the criminal justice system. #longreads 

Texas has executed #TravisRunnels  for the 2003 murder of a prison supervisor. His lawyers said false testimony put him on death row.

Travis Runnels' lawyers said false testimony put him on death row for killing a prison employee. But the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal and Texas put him to death Wednesday night.

US officials are keeping people who have been granted asylum out of the country by issuing fake court date notices, advocates say. Via @BuzzFeedNews 

Texas prison officials violated a judge's order to provide inmates with air conditioning. Now prisoners' lawyers get to investigate.


1/ You might be seeing headlines or tweets tonight that claim Texas says 58,000 non-citizens have voted in Texas. That is not true. That is not what the state has said. Here is what we know. #txlege 

1/ People are buying diapers, wipes, soaps and toys to donate to children in overcrowded migrant detention centers. But they're being turned away.

1/ He has a birth certificate and a Social Security number. But ICE has detained this U.S. citizen for three weeks.

BREAKING: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed Rodney Reed's execution, outweighing the parole board's recommendation.

1/ As a debate rages over calling migrant detention centers “concentration camps,” it is worth revisiting reporting and writing about the conditions at these facilities. Follow this thread for more.

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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1/ We spoke to migrants about conditions at border patrol facilities They don’t shower or brush their teeth for days. They watch their sick kids cough & cry through the night. And some of them use toilets so foul that kids can’t help but throw up.