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.
Mario, one of 32 immigrant parents transferred to an El Paso shelter earlier this month after being separated from their children at the border, was one of the last parents from the group to be reunited with their children.
Maria Vandelice de Bastos, who was detained and separated from her disabled grandson after they sought asylum at a port of entry last year, has been released from federal custody. But her ordeal is far from over after an immigration judge dismissed her asylum case.
Emilio Gutiérrez Soto faced death threats for reporting on cartel crime and government corruption and fled to the U.S. with his son. A judge has set a hearing to determine whether the government has detained them in violation of the First Amendment.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, won big on Sunday. Now Texan business and agriculture leaders have five months to try to predict whether his expected stand-up-to-Trump strategy will hurt their bottom lines.
A group of undocumented immigrant parents released from federal custody on Monday told reporters that despite the government's glossy spin on how families will be reunited, they aren't too optimistic they'll see their children anytime soon.