A Mexican shark fisherman lives to tell the tale of an illegal industry gone overboard.
On the morning of March 10, Andres Hernandez crawled ashore on South Padre Island, spitting saltwater and blood onto the sand. His clothes were soaked, torn, falling off his slim frame. He tried to get the attention of tourists sunbathing … Read More
Will The Border Patrol use hurricane evacuations to snag undocumented immigrants?
In July, as Hurricane Dolly made landfall in South Texas, Susanna, Raul, and their daughter Nayelly huddled in their two-room wooden shanty, watching water pour through cracks in the ceiling and walls. Dolly was only a Category 1 storm, but … Read More
Looking for work in South Texas.
Recession or no recession, double-digit unemployment is nothing new in the Rio Grande Valley. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, regional unemployment hovered around 20 percent, and the poverty rate was the highest in the country. Times have changed at the … Read More
Countless women are sexually assaulted as they attempt to immigrate into the United States. What happens to their reproductive rights when they wind up in U.S. custody?
When sexual-assault counselor Elia Alvarado first met Maria in 2007, Maria was wearing a blue prison uniform, sitting in a doctor’s office at the Port Isabel Detention Center. She was in her early 30s, but looked haggard, Alvarado recalls, older … Read More
Forty percent of Texas Latinos lack health coverage. Where do they turn?
Two years after being diagnosed with a kidney infection, Maria de los Angeles Martinez is rolling on the streets of a dusty, northern Mexican town 400 miles from her home in Edinburg, Texas. Her white pants and shirt are brown … Read More