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.
A day after federal officials announced that active-duty military will descend on the border to thwart the caravan of Central American asylum-seekers slowly approaching the United States, border lawmakers said they haven't been given details about the estimated 5,200-troop deployment.
As a group of thousands of migrants heads north through Mexico, the Texas senator on Monday said extra Border Patrol agents or the National Guard should be deployed to help thwart a “serious threat” posed by the caravan.
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.