Miguel Aleman, on the Rio Grande

Border & Immigration

Reporting and commentary on immigration and the Texas-Mexico borderlands

News & Politics |
April 8, 2014

Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Heightened security measures along the border—including a dramatic increase in personnel and highly sophisticated military equipment—have made that part of our state resemble a war zone. As violent clashes with Mexican citizens increase, a crucial question emerges: Who will hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable?

News & Politics |
February 13, 2013

Right on Immigration

Democrats and Republicans seem ready to make a push for comprehensive immigration reform, after years of stalemate on the issue. But Brooke Rollins, head of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thinks their approach may have the wrong focus.

Border & Immigration |
January 24, 2013

The Other Ellis Island

Segundo Barrio, with its turn-of-the-century tenement buildings and dozens of brightly colored murals, is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the country. As the first community that immigrants encounter after crossing the Rio Grande from Juárez, it is known as the Ellis Island of the border, and over the

News & Politics |
January 21, 2013

How Safe is Mexico?

For a third straight year, the Texas Department of Public Safety advised vacationers to stay away from the country, but a Mexican ambassador says the warning has a "clear-cut political agenda."

News & Politics |
January 20, 2013

Immigration—A Special Report

Depending on who you are and how you feel about immigration and cultural change, the image on this page is either no big deal, mildly provocative, or highly controversial. The original painting on which it’s based, American Gothic, by Grant Wood, is one of the most famous in the world.

Politics & Policy |
January 20, 2013

A Q&A With Nate Blakeslee

The Democrats will most certainly fight the Republicans over immigration reform legislation this session, but the Republican’s biggest opponents are powerful interests within their own party. Nate Blakeslee talks about grassroot efforts, tea party champions, and why immigration has become one of the most important issues facing our state.

Border & Immigration |
January 20, 2013

A Q&A With David Dorado Romo

Not everyone can claim to be related to a certified saint, but David Dorado Romo can. The author and El Paso native traveled to a tiny town in the Mexican state of Jalisco to learn more about his father’s second cousin, Santo Toribio Romo, and discovered some interesting things about

Border & Immigration |
January 20, 2013

Soldiers of Misfortune

For as long as the U.S. military has patrolled the border in search of drug smugglers, there has been the possibility that an innocent civilian would be killed. The government insists the chance is worth taking. Tell that to the family of Ezequiel Hernandez, Jr.

News & Politics |
January 20, 2013

Tony Garza

“As Texas moves toward majority Hispanic status, the Republicans are going to have to do less shouting, less shorthand, and less sloganeering and court the Latino community in a way that’s relevant to Latino individuals—whether on education, taxes, or job creation.”