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]

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ICE Arrestó Casi Tres Veces Más Inmigrantes De Lo Reportado Durante las Redadas del Año Pasado en Austin

La agencia declaró en febrero pasado que la operación realizó 51 arrestos, pero información obtenida por el Observer reveló que el número fue de 132.

Read in English. En febrero pasado, una redada de Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sacudió el área de Austin, llevando consigo a un amplio número de inmigrantes, incluyendo aquellos sin antecedentes criminales, padres con hijos pequeños, trabajadores de construcción saliendo … Read More


ICE Arrested Nearly Three Times as Many Immigrants During Last Year’s Austin Raid Than Previously Reported

The agency said last February's operation netted 51 arrests, but an Observer information request revealed the number is 132.

Leer en español. Last February, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid rocked the Austin area, sweeping up a broad swath of immigrants, including scores with clean criminal records, parents with young children, construction workers leaving their job sites and … Read More

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Human Rights

Guatemalan Family Takes ‘Sanctuary’ in Austin Church — Again

A mother and her 11-year-old son won relief from deportation under Obama. But Trump’s ICE took it away.

Two weeks before Donald Trump won the presidency, Hilda Ramirez and her son, Ivan, were all smiles as they announced they’d won a yearlong reprieve from being deported back to Guatemala. For the previous eight months, the two had lived … Read More

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Sanctuary Cities, Police Unions and Tommy Guns

Houston's police chief rose to the top of Texas' largest police force while inserting himself in thorny political debates.

As I enter Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo’s downtown office, he’s just wrapped up a TV interview, and the moment we finish talking, he’ll rush downstairs for a press conference. The media-friendly 53-year-old has been a fiery opponent of anti-immigrant … Read More

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Criminal Justice

Can a Convicted Felon Run for Office in Texas? Lewis Conway Jr. Intends to Find Out.

“Children whose fathers are locked up, they need to see somebody like me on City Council,” said Conway.

Last spring, Lewis Conway Jr., a 47-year-old community organizer, began planning a campaign for Austin City Council like most candidates do. He gathered friends and asked for their support. He considered his fundraising prospects. No stranger to City Council, Conway … Read More

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2017 in Review

The Faces of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown in 2017

Since January, federal agents have hunted down immigrants they would have previously ignored, in places they would have previously avoided.

Five days into his presidency, Donald Trump issued a pair of executive orders that put America’s entire undocumented population on the table for deportation. The cold, bureaucratic language read: “We will not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from … Read More


‘Infeliz Navidad’: DACA Recipients Sing Protest Carols at Texas Governor’s Mansion

Texas’ approximately 110,000 DACA holders have no idea if or when Congress will assure them a future in the U.S.

Around two dozen immigrant rights activists sang Christmas carols outside the Texas governor’s mansion Tuesday evening as a reminder that nearly 700,000 young immigrants nationwide face an “infeliz navidad” if Congress doesn’t find a solution for DACA. President Trump is … Read More


How Breitbart, Trump and Texas Politicians Spun a Tale out of a Border Patrol Agent’s Death

Republican elected officials have ignored official statements and spread questionable reporting in rush to cash in on Rogelio Martinez’s death.

On the night of November 18, two Border Patrol agents lay badly wounded at the bottom of a 14-foot deep culvert near Van Horn, Texas. Thirty-six-year-old El Pasoan Rogelio Martinez died hours later from his injuries. Perhaps, as right-wing news … Read More