Express News – Valley group suing U.S. Border Patrol over document checks in an evacuation

A group of nonprofit agencies in the Rio Grande Valley said Wednesday they were suing the U.S. Border Patrol for clear answers on whether there would be document checks of residents fleeing a hurricane.

The lawsuit, to be filed Wednesday in federal court in McAllen, claims conflicting statements by U.S. Customs and Border Protection have brought fear and confusion to a region where many families are split between unauthorized immigrants and U.S. citizens or legal residents.

Those families have said they would not evacuate if there were reason to fear deportation as they board buses or pass immigration checkpoints north of the Valley.

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