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pharrfromheaven:

Cactus Drive-In Theatre in Pharr, TX. 

pharrfromheaven:

Cactus Drive-In Theatre in Pharr, TX. 

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mcallen-heaven:

Mcallen Texas Scenary
Photo Credit: www.minitime.com

mcallen-heaven:

Mcallen Texas Scenary

Photo Credit: www.minitime.com

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survey-corps-ftw:

Three guesses where I live, and the first two don’t count.

survey-corps-ftw:

Three guesses where I live, and the first two don’t count.

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tragic-bronson34:

Black Flag @ Metropolis in McAllen TX August 8th

tragic-bronson34:

Black Flag @ Metropolis in McAllen TX
August 8th

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Are you a book-lover from the RGV?

thebookdoctor:

If so, be sure to check out my RGV Book Blawg at www.rgvbookblawg.wordpress.com

You can subscribe to new posts via e-mail, or click the link on the sidebar to follow through to a Facebook page. I’d really appreciate it if you take half a minute to do that.

The blog is mostly run by me, but if you live in the Valley and have opinions about a book you’ve read recently, or about libraries or literature or anything literary, please get in touch with me so I can hook you up with a post!

Thank you!

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usbtree:

Sabal Palm Ebony Tree (by dog.happy.art)

usbtree:

Sabal Palm Ebony Tree (by dog.happy.art)

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(Source: nocaptainashley)

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yourguyjohn:

Me and my beautiful mom! :) #Brownsville #airport #home

yourguyjohn:

Me and my beautiful mom! :)
#Brownsville #airport #home

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beezelbubbles said: What should I eat for dinner? I only have two days left in the Valley.

txpopper:

don felipe’s tacos in Alton or Mission type area.

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mariedejesus:

U.S. border fence on Brownsville, Texas. - Photo by Marie D. De Jesús

mariedejesus:

U.S. border fence on Brownsville, Texas. - Photo by Marie D. De Jesús

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txpopper:

Barrio Decay (2012)
Alton, Texas

txpopper:

Barrio Decay (2012)

Alton, Texas

(via somewhereintheriograndevalley)

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irishb:

#loteria #SPI
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txpopper:

The Raving Press invites writers and visual artists
in bringing together creative works and testimonials
speaking on the latest increase of children crossing
the border(s) and arriving in the United States.

This compilation, Lost: Children of the River,
intends to act as an instrument of awareness and documentation.

Spanish, English, and Bilingual entries are encouraged
in the form of:
Poetry: two pieces, 42 max line length
Prose: one essay, 400 words or less. Anecdotal, academic, or interviews.
Visual Art: three pieces, any form.

Instructions:
1. write a short cover letter
2.  attach documents as a doc file, and art as a jpeg
3.  email to theravingpress@gmail.com
Lost: Children of the River
Deadline: September 3, 2014

https://www.facebook.com/theravingpress

txpopper:

The Raving Press invites writers and visual artists

in bringing together creative works and testimonials

speaking on the latest increase of children crossing

the border(s) and arriving in the United States.

This compilation, Lost: Children of the River,

intends to act as an instrument of awareness and documentation.

Spanish, English, and Bilingual entries are encouraged

in the form of:

Poetry: two pieces, 42 max line length

Prose: one essay, 400 words or less. Anecdotal, academic, or interviews.

Visual Art: three pieces, any form.

Instructions:

1. write a short cover letter

2.  attach documents as a doc file, and art as a jpeg

3.  email to theravingpress@gmail.com

Lost: Children of the River

Deadline: September 3, 2014

https://www.facebook.com/theravingpress

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Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV

Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to announce he will activate the Texas National Guard at a news conference Monday in Austin, said state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. 

Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month.

The memo was provided to The Monitor on the condition of anonymity because the information is not yet public.

Troops are expected to enter the area gradually, building up to 1,000 after about a month, the memo said.

The troops will join the Texas Department of Public Safety in its recent surge to combat human smuggling and drug trafficking amid the influx of mostly Central Americans illegally crossing the Rio Grande. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the $1.3 million per week effort last month.

State leaders approved funding for extra DPS troopers to fill in gaps in Border Patrol coverage in the Valley as the federal authorities were overwhelmed with an influx of children and families from Central America. The state officials feared Mexican drug cartels might exploit the situation to move their own drugs and human contraband while Border Patrol attention was turned elsewhere.

Hinojosa said Perry’s move smacked of political gamesmanship.

“All these politicians coming down to border, they don’t care about solving the problem, they just want to make a political point,” he said.

State officials denied the move amounted to a militarization of the border.

“This is not a militarization of the border,” the memo states. “The DPS and the National Guard are working to keep any drug and human trafficking south of (U.S. Highway) 83 and with the goal of keeping any smuggling from entering major highways to transport East/West/and North.”

DPS officials want to send National Guard troops into western areas of the Valley and the ranch lands further north, according to the memo.

“Smuggling has supposedly according to DPS moved West on the border with an increase in Jim Hogg County,” the memo states. “DPS especially wants to apply the Guard in the rural areas to patrol.”

The National Guard deployment — added to the DPS surge — will bring the price tag of troopers on the border to about $5 million per week, the memo said. And the funding source for the effort remains unclear.

“It is not clear where the money will come from in the budget,” the memo states, adding that Perry’s office has said the money will come from “non critical” areas, such as health care or transportation.

Hinojosa said the National Guard was not equipped to aid immigrants crossing the Rio Grande.

“They (cartels) are taking advantage of the situation,” he said. “But our local law enforcement from the sheriff’s offices of the different counties to the different police departments are taking care of the situation. This is a civil matter, not a military matter. What we need is more resources to hire more deputies, hire more Border Patrol.

“These are young people, just families coming across. They’re not armed. They’re not carrying weapons.” Source

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pharrfromheaven:

Carlos Guzman at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

pharrfromheaven:

Carlos Guzman at Madison Square Garden in New York City.