reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border. His focuses include immigration reform and enforcement, voter ID, international trade, border security, and the drug trade. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Before joining the Tribune, he was a freelance writer for the Fort Worth Weekly; a government and crime reporter for the Laredo Morning Times; and a political writer for the Rio Grande Guardian. A native of El Paso, he has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and a master's degree in journalism from the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
Confusion reigned Thursday morning after President Donald Trump offered conflicting statements on the state of a possible deal with Democratic leadership to extend an Obama-era immigration program and beef up border security.
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, has asked the Trump administration to clarify whether beneficiaries of an Obama-era immigration program should expect to be detained by Border Patrol officials even if they have current permits.
Texans who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program learned this week that the popular program will be phased out. And they have a second worry: the fate of the state's new immigration enforcement law.
Immigration enforcement and Border Patrol officials reiterated on Thursday that their agents are not conducting routine immigration operations during rescue efforts in Southeast Texas — despite rumors to the contrary.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said on Thursday that his office was sticking with a Tuesday deadline set by officials from Texas and nine other states for President Donald Trump to rescind a popular Obama-era program.
After a federal judge declined to block provisions of a Texas law that allow local law enforcement to ask about a person's immigration status during a detention, lead plaintiffs say that will not result in a major change.
"I do not want you to run the risk of losing your life or [that of] a family member because you’re concerned about SB 4 or anything else,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday amid concerns a new immigration law will deter rescue efforts.