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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Politics

Fringe Factor: CJ Grisham and the Paranoid Heart of Texas’ Gun Rights Movement

After video of Grisham getting slammed against a police car went viral in 2013, he took the lead in Texas’ gun deregulation movement. Now, he’s aiming for constitutional carry.

With the far right ascendant in Texas politics, once-marginal ideas and people have found a place in the political mainstream. Fringe Factor is an introduction to the often-unknown, but influential activists, thinkers and operatives who play a growing role in … Read More

Border

New 1,000-Bed ICE Lockup Set to Open on Site of Notorious ‘Tent City’ in South Texas

Willacy County officials, ICE and a private prison company are set to ink a new deal within days that would resurrect one of the nation’s most troubled immigrant detention centers.

New 1,000-Bed ICE Lockup Set to Open on Site of Notorious ‘Tent City’ in South Texas Willacy County officials, ICE and a private prison company are set to ink a new deal within days that would resurrect one of the … Read More

Border

Despite Trump’s Executive Order, This Mom Still Doesn’t Know if She’ll See Her 3 Kids Again

“Every minute that I am separated from my kids is anguish,” says a Guatemalan mom who’s been apart from her kids for more than a month and isn’t even sure where they are.

A Guatemalan mother and her three children had already spent two weeks in a for-profit family detention center in South Texas when U.S. immigration authorities forcibly split them apart, sending her to a different adult lockup, and her kids to … Read More

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Border

Agentes de E.U. Impidieron Asilo a esta Familia. Después, Fueron Detenidos en México.

Parece que las autoridades mexicanas se han sumado a los esfuerzos de inmigración de Trump al impedir que migrantes no mexicanos busquen asilo en Estados Unidos.

Agentes de E.U. Impidieron Asilo a esta Familia. Después, Fueron Detenidos en México. Parece que las autoridades mexicanas se han sumado a los esfuerzos de inmigración de Trump al impedir que migrantes no mexicanos busquen asilo en Estados Unidos. – … Read More

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Border

U.S. Agents Blocked This Family from Seeking Asylum. Then Mexico Detained Them.

Mexican authorities appear to have joined in Trump’s immigration crackdown by blocking non-Mexican migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

U.S. Agents Blocked This Family from Seeking Asylum. Then Mexico Detained Them. Mexican authorities appear to have joined in Trump’s immigration crackdown by blocking non-Mexican migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. – By Gus Bova @bova_gus June 21, … Read More

Border

Texas Officials Allow 15 Immigrant Shelters to Hold More Kids than Licenses Permit

To accommodate Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, Texas officials have allowed at least 15 shelters to hold more than 700 additional kids, records show.

In recent months, Texas officials have granted permission to at least 15 immigrant youth shelters to cram in more kids than their child-care licenses allow, according to records obtained by the Observer. Two shelters have been approved to hold almost … Read More

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Criminal Justice

Waco Immigrant Mom Locked Up for 2 ½ Years, Alleges Sexual Assault by Guard

Estela Fajardo, a prominent Waco business owner, is stuck in a web of criminal and immigration issues that’s torn her from her four kids. Now, the county says she’s lying about sexual assault.

Estela Fajardo, a prominent Waco business owner, is stuck in a web of criminal and immigration issues that’s torn her from her four kids. Now, the county says she’s lying about sexual assault. – For the last two and a … Read More

Economy

Wage Wars

Activists have won citywide wage theft laws in El Paso and Houston. But local and state bureaucracies have ensured that the problem persists.

by Gus Bova @bova_gus June 13, 2018 For seven years, Paola Hernandez cleaned a city-run health clinic on Houston’s Northside for $8 to $9 an hour. It was a rough area, full of dilapidated houses, shuttered businesses and rundown apartment … Read More

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News

‘Jihadi Circuses’: The Anti-Muslim Police Training in San Angelo Was Worse Than We Thought

"Why is it OK for Muslims to torture?" John Guandolo asked nearly 30 West Texas cops during a May 4 training. “Because Muhammad did it,” they answered.

Earlier this month, Texas’ law enforcement accreditation agency rejected a police training given in San Angelo by the notorious anti-Muslim activist John Guandolo. The daylong course “paint[ed] an entire religion with an overly broad brush” and “provided no training value … Read More

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