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:


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


Some Republicans are Defending an Imaginary Version of Senate Bill 4

If Republicans wanted a limited, more moderate SB 4, they held their peace when it mattered.

Months after passing Senate Bill 4, the most draconian anti-immigrant legislation in recent memory, some Texas Republicans seem to be defending a version of the “sanctuary cities” law that doesn’t exist. Read More

Civil Rights, News

Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas

Texas is home to 178 public memorials to the Confederacy, second only to Virginia.

After a white supremacist allegedly drove a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville last Saturday, killing activist Heather Heyer, calls for the removal of Confederate statues have spiked across the country — and Texas is no exception. Protesters … 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

Police, Capitol, Abbott
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


Texas’ War on Local Control is Part of National Trend

Nearly 150 progressive officials gathered in Austin last weekend to build the fight against GOP-controlled state legislatures.

Nearly 150 progressive officials from all over the country gathered in Austin to build the fight against GOP-controlled state legislatures. Read More