Few of the promises made to her family and community were kept. And Jakelin’s father has given up on the American Dream.
Days after he was supposed to be in a children’s shelter, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died of the flu near the toilet in his Border Patrol holding cell.
As the Trump administration ratchets up its dehumanization of migrants, we Americans stand to lose our moral center.
“We’re definitely seeing a race to the bottom in terms of the dehumanization of immigrants,” the lawyer said.
The acting Border Patrol chief steps down as migrant children go without soap or toothpaste and bodies are found along the Rio Grande.
The overnight move comes as ACLU files complaints alleging human rights violations.
“It’s really out of control. It’s bad,” said one official of the surge in families streaming across the border.
"The Border Patrol has no reason to expect that this trend will decrease; in fact we believe it will increase," said Border Patrol chief of operations.
As government land seizures roil the Valley, a German-born artist points to stark historical parallels.
The civil rights group filed a complaint one day after the Border Patrol postponed an Election Day "crowd control" exercise.
The decision to postpone the exercise in El Paso, the home of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, comes amid widespread criticism by members of Congress and civil rights groups.
The U.S. Border Patrol and the governor of Tamaulipas are looking for a few good anonymous tips—and hoping it doesn't all backfire.
Brownsville police officer Valerie Rivas was charged with smuggling her undocumented boyfriend. She’s been acquitted. He’s likely to be deported.
Rio Grande Valley attorney Jennifer Harbury explains the nightmares facing immigrants today, whether they gain entry or are turned away.
The man, a former Border Patrol agent, worked directly with children.
Dr. Marsha Griffin, co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics special interest group on immigrant health, tells us what she's seen and what separation traumas could mean in the long term for immigrant children.
They had entered the U.S. illegally, seeking asylum from an abusive home, and were completely unaware they would be separated.
A small-town sheriff took on his president and his governor and learned that facts can get in the way of a good political narrative.
Ronald Burgos-Aviles, a nine-year Border Patrol veteran, was arrested Monday in Laredo.
Despite some earlier claims, it appears that Rogelio Martinez was not the victim of an attack.
Over the course of his legendary career, customs officer Hipolito Acosta saw terrible suffering in Mexico. Today, he worries about both sides of the border.
Come back through, Willie/Snoop/Nelly/Fiona Apple!
Disgruntled agents are overwhelmed and overworked, processing groups of hundreds of undocumented immigrants.
If the Border Patrol really wants to be more transparent, it should release key surveillance footage of questionable shooting incidents.
The human cost of a militarized border.
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?
And the border was declared secure. What does this mean for immigration laws?
Despite rampant fears to the contrary, the bloody drug violence in Mexico hasn’t spilled over into Texas—but that doesn’t mean it’s not transforming life all along the border.
On their new book, Desert Duty: On the Line With the U.S. Border Patrol.
Read an excerpt from the new book by Bill Broyles and Mark Haynes.
While politicians and bureaucrats endlessly debate the best ways to secure our borders, undocumented immigrants are dying to get into America—literally.
Two Border Patrol agents are sent to prison while the dope smuggler they pursued and wounded is granted immunity by federal prosecutors and goes free. A miscarriage of justice? Not so fast.
How did a thirty-year-old Mexican man end up dead on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande in Matamoros?
Earlier this week, the drug war claimed the city's 10,000th victim.
Retired Border Patrol officer Hipolito Acosta remembers his time on the beat in The Shadow Catcher.
A jogging path along the Rio Grande was a treasured, secret place—until it became part of the front lines in a war I still don’t understand.
The facts of this case are quite simple. Two Border Patrol agents shot at an unarmed man as he was running away from them. And then, they covered it up.
Photo credit: Norman Glickman I’m in McAllen doing research for a future column, and Sunday I found myself in a car with two visiting scholars who were here, as I was, to attend the 25th anniversary convention of Valley Interfaith, the local community organizing group. They had decided to try…
Thirty years later, we still don’t know who murdered Border Patrol agent Jose Gamez. Or maybe we do.
Texas at war with the United States Air Force.
THERE IS AN OBLIGATORY SCENE in every movie about the border between Texas and Mexico: A man draws a line in the dirt with his boot. The line means something different in each movie, and yet, there it is, a narrow little rut in the ground that the characters gesture…
He’s won the support o Mexican Americans in El Paso; now he wants to win a seat in Congress. Is Silvestre Reyes’ attack on illegal immigration heroism or hype?
Across the river and into the brush; an eyewitness account of the journey of two wetbacks.
The word going across the border is: Uncle Sam doesn’t want you.