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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Jeff Sessions Bashed ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in Austin While Protesters Trampled a KKK Robe

About 70 people battled the rain Friday to protest against the attorney general. Some brought a homemade Klansman robe to trample with other activists.

About 70 protesters are at the corner of 9th & Congress in downtown Austin where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speaking. Activists say they're demonstrating against the Trump’s administration's immigration priorities. Posted by The Texas Observer on Friday, October … Read More


ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show

ICE has detained 525 pregnant women since last October, which advocates call part of a troubling trend under Trump.

Carolina Ramirez had spent three weeks locked up in a prison-like detention center north of Houston when she discovered she was pregnant. It had taken the 23-year-old two months to travel from El Salvador to Texas, a difficult journey during … Read More


Bound to Pay

Does a company that puts ankle monitors on undocumented immigrants provide a helpful service, or a debt trap for desperate people?

The first person Rosy Valdez met when she left the immigrant detention center in Houston was a middle-aged man, who waited for her in the parking lot holding a photo of her and a stack of documents. The man asked … Read More

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Court Revives Possibility that Texas Sheriffs Could be Jailed for Refusing ICE Detainers

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez is reportedly changing the jail’s policy to honor all immigration detainers after the ruling.

It’s official: Texas sheriffs could risk jail time for rejecting some immigration detainers. On Monday, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling unleashed parts of the state’s “sanctuary cities ban” that a lower court had temporarily blocked last month. The … Read More


Civil Rights Group’s Budget Nearly Halved by Foundation with Ties to Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Civil Rights Project announced it will no longer receive funding from its largest donor, a nonprofit created by the Texas Supreme Court.

Facebook/Texas Civil Rights Project The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), a 26-year-old nonprofit well-known in social justice circles, announced Monday that it lost about $900,000 in funding this year — more than 40 percent of its roughly $2-million budget. Since … Read More


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.

Courtesy of Grassroots Leadership 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 … Read More