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.
Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, has been accused of killing four women, including one transgender woman, and kidnapping a fifth woman, who escaped and alerted law enforcement.
A week after one of the largest immigration raids in recent history, undocumented immigrants have found a network of volunteers to help them. A local church was transformed into a relief center within 24 hours of the raid, which ended with 159 arrests.
Texas sees more than $40 billion in total trade with Canada every year. Canada's potential exclusion from any new U.S. trade deal could result in the nation implementing costly tariffs that would hit Texas business, a trade expert says.
A U.S. district judge last month granted a preliminary injunction preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from denying parole to asylum-seekers without an individual determination as to why. On Tuesday, the ACLU said it's still happening.
Texas' challenge of the Obama-era immigration program on Wednesday focused on what harm the program has done to the state, if DACA violated federal procedures and what took Texas so long to file its lawsuit.