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.
“The President is determined, first and finally, to build a wall at the border,” Sessions said during a 20-minute speech in downtown Austin in which he praised state Republicans who approved an anti-"sanctuary" law earlier this year.
The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas told business leaders that unemployment and education should be viewed apolitically to avoid risking Texas and the rest of the country becoming less competitive.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pressed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on why the Trump administration was still operating under a "catch-and-release" policy for undocumented immigrants in federal custody.
Tens of thousands of DACA recipients, many of them Texans, have until Thursday to submit their renewal applications for the Obama-era immigration program that the Trump administration has said will end early next year.
Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday announced his office is accepting sworn complaints against “sanctuary” jurisdictions that prohibit local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
A three-judge panel ruled on Monday that parts of the state’s immigration enforcement legislation can go into effect. The Travis County Sheriff's office confirmed it would now comply with all detainers, a stark change from its previous policy.
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.