The Borderlands, So Far from Austin

by Forrest Wilder | Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:00 CST
Prisoner uprising Willacy County Correctional Centerby Daniel Tyx

Goodbye to Tent City

After a riot destroys a for-profit prison, Willacy County ponders its economic future.

As Willacy County faces a gaping hole in its budget, $128 million in debt still owed on Tent City, and the loss of its largest employer, I’d come to find out ...Read More

A DPS training near McAllenby Melissa del Bosque

Death on Sevenmile Road

The rush to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border has tragic consequences in Texas.

Beefing up border security means an increasingly military-style presence on the ground and in the air. The Observer investigates a surge that puts immigr...Read More