HOUSTON (AP) – The U.S. government will expand its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country to one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it will implement its “Migrant Protection Protocols” in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. DHS said it anticipated the first asylum seekers would be sent back to Mexico starting Friday. Thousands of people are already camped in Matamoros, at the eastern edge of the U.S.-Mexico border. An official waiting list to seek asylum has more than 1,000 people. Matamoros is in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, which the U.S. government warns citizens not to visit due to violence and kidnappings. The city is also near where a Salvadoran father and his 23-month-old daughter were found drowned in the Rio Grande, in photos that were shared around the world.
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas police officials have confirmed that police Chief U. Renee Hall is on medical leave following surgery earlier this week. An internal email obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows Hall began her leave July 10, but the department didn’t publicly acknowledge her departure until a week later. Police spokesman DeMarquis Black said Friday that it’s not clear when she will return to work. A police statement says Hall underwent a wellness check in January and doctors “expressed concerns that needed to be addressed,” leading to what was described as “major surgery.” The statement says she’s resting comfortably at home. Executive Assistant Chief David Pughes is the acting chief until she returns. Hall is in her second year as police chief after previously serving as deputy police chief in Detroit .
FORT WORTH (AP)– A Texas jury has convicted a teenage rapper of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a man during a home invasion. The Tarrant County jury on Friday found 19-year-old Taymor McIntyre of Arlington guilty for his role in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker at Walker’s home in Mansfield, southeast of Fort Worth. The man who shot Walker was sentenced last year to life in prison. Prosecutors have said McIntyre was charged with murder because he recruited the triggerman and organized the robbery. McIntyre also was convicted of aggravated robbery. He pleaded guilty Monday to two other counts of aggravated robbery related to the home invasion. He faces a punishment of life in prison. McIntyre rapped under the name Tay-K and his 2017 single “The Race” appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100.
MCALLEN (AP) – A former South Texas police chief and law enforcement officer of nearly two decades has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for drug trafficking. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced 45-year-old Geovani V. Hernandez on Thursday. Hernandez, of McAllen, was convicted of numerous drug charges in March, including attempting to aid and abet possession with intent to distribute. Hernandez was a Progreso police sergeant when federal agents arrested him in 2017. A criminal complaint reveals that Hernandez accepted cash from a federal informant to provide security for a drug cartel associate and a shipment of cocaine. Crane noted before the sentencing that Hernandez, who was briefly the police chief in La Joya, could have reduced his prison time by seven years if he had chosen to plead guilty.