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 U.S. Department of Justice will once again seek to stop Texas’ voter ID law, this time in a lawsuit alleging the measure violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. It will also challenge state redistricting maps.
Lawmakers, who usually get bogged down in controversy over election laws, managed to pass a mail-in ballot measure that aims to crack down on voter fraud. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.
Local governments are anticipating a new program aimed at reducing wait times at the nation's ports. Under the plan, local governments will request extra staffing at border crossings and reimburse the federal government for the services.
The U.S. consul general in Ciudad Juárez on whether the war in Juárez is over, what the U.S. is doing to help and what the next few months in the border city will be like leading up to the shift in power from one administration to another.
U.S. officials on Friday called infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero's release from a Mexican prison deeply troubling, and said they would continue to seek justice over his connection to the 1985 slaying of a DEA agent.
During a conference on border-related issues Wednesday, U.S. and Mexican officials lauded the growing trade relationship between the two countries. But they added that out-of-touch lawmakers are hindering the economic relationship.
Texans aren’t exactly lining up to get the free voter ID certificates the Texas Department of Public Safety is required to distribute under the terms of the state’s controversial voter ID law. Both sides say that's proof they were right.
Thousands of untested rape kits are likely to get processed for DNA evidence after state budget writers included $11 million for the effort in the 2014-15 budget. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.
Key ports of entry on the Texas-Mexico border are among those that have been selected for a pilot program that allows local governments to enter into public-private partnerships with Customs and Border Protection.
Despite representing a district whose constituents are overwhelmingly Hispanic, U.S. Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is ineligible for membership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Some say that should change.
New El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser faces the task of leading the city amid some daunting challenges. He is focused on partnering with business leaders and former campaign adversaries to help the city move forward.