Gus Bova

Gus Bova reports on immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border and grassroots movements for the Observer. He formerly worked at a shelter for asylum-seekers and refugees. You can contact him at [email protected]

By Gus Bova:


ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?

Under Trump, advocates say agents increasingly show up at government-run youth shelters to detain 18-year-old immigrants who used to go free.

Around 4 a.m. on August 22, the immigration agents came for Ana. It was her 18th birthday. For the past seven months, she had been living in a shelter for immigrant kids near Corpus Christi, recovering from the trauma of … Read More


Salvadoran Man Seeks ‘Sanctuary’ from Deportation in Austin Church

At least 800 churches across the U.S. have joined a movement to shield immigrants from removal.

Rather than submit to Trump’s deportation machine, Alirio Gámez went to church. On Tuesday, the 40-year-old Salvadoran announced to a group of faith leaders, elected officials and activists that he had decided to live inside Austin’s First Unitarian Universalist Church … Read More


Hundreds Clash over Confederate Monument in San Antonio

“At any type of rally we hold, we always encourage people to bring their rifles,” said an organizer with a group that defends Confederate monuments.

About 500 people converged on a San Antonio park in the blistering heat Saturday — some to call for the removal of a 118-year-old Confederate monument and others to defend it. The two groups held rallies on opposite sides of … Read More

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News, Texas Legislature Stories

Law Enforcement Increasingly Opposed to Abbott’s Agenda

A cap on property taxes joins a growing list of special session measures opposed by Texas law enforcement.

On Wednesday, the resistance to the governor’s special session agenda wore cowboy hats and badges. Dozens of law enforcement and emergency personnel filled the Capitol’s outdoor rotunda to oppose measures they say would underfund essential public services. The legislation, which … Read More