Brownsville Herald – Groups seek clarification on evacuation policies

Four community groups sought clarification in federal court Wednesday on whether authorities will conduct immigration checks in the event of a hurricane evacuation.

The activists filed a petition Wednesday asking a judge to order the U.S. Border Patrol to clearly outline its policy on what documents, if any, will be needed to pass through checkpoints should a storm hit the Rio Grande Valley.

“To prevent a Hurricane Katrina-type catastrophe, residents must know what is going to happen when an evacuation is called,” said Juanita Valdez-Cox, Texas director of La Union del Pueblo Entero, one of the groups that filed the petition in U.S. District Court in McAllen. “We must have answers to make sure residents of the Valley find safety.”

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