Noticias Breves

Guatemalan woman settles lawsuit claiming she was sexually assaulted by Presidio Border Patrol agent

FRESNO, Calif. – A Guatemalan woman who lives in Fresno has reached a settlement after she says she was sexually assaulted by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, according to KFSN television news. In July of 2016, two sisters, then 19 and 17-years-old, were trying to join their mother in Fresno when they left Guatemala and traveled 1,500 miles through Mexico to the Texas border. They flagged down a U.S. Border Patrol officer, who took them into custody and brought them to a station in Presidio, Texas. Once there, the sisters say they were led by a federal officer into a closet-like room one at a time, told to remove all their clothes, and sexually assaulted. Last year, the ACLU’s Fresno office filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of one of the sisters. The government has now agreed to pay $125,000 to drop the case. It is unclear whether the agent faced disciplinary action, or whether he is still employed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mexican Bridge Toll Increases


OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – The state government increased tariffs at border crossings, for vehicles as well as pedestrians, on February 25, as shown on the signs put up at the entity´s international bridges. The new rates are as follows: -Motorcycles: $15.00 pesos, $0.78 USD -Cars and pick-ups: $30.00 pesos, $1.56 USD -2 and 3 axle buses: $52.00 pesos, $2.71 USD -2 to 3 axle trucks: $52.00 pesos, $2.71 USD -4 to 9 axle trucks: $52.00 pesos, $2.71 USD -Extra axle car: $15.00 pesos, $0.78 USD -Extra axle truck: $27.00 pesos, $1.41 USD -Pedestrian: $5.00 pesos, $0.26 USD

Hospital district meets today in Presidio

PRESIDIO – Big Bend Regional Hospital District directors are scheduled to meet in Presidio today and consider renewing the lease for its Presidio office and learning about the community educational classes and gardens project. The meeting is set for 5:30pm today in the district’s office, 803 West O’Reilly Street. Staff Liz Rohana, according to the meeting agenda, is to give directors an update on two district initiatives, health education outreach and a gardens project. The meeting is open to the public.