Melissa del Bosque

Melissa del Bosque joined the Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been featured in various national and international media outlets, including the Guardian, PBS, NPR and Marie Claire. Melissa is a 2016-17 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. You can contact her at [email protected]

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Checkpoint Nation

by | Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 9:39 am CST
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Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment

If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.

For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. The federally … Read More

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Prying Eyes: Border Sheriffs to Use Iris-Scanning Tech in Push for ‘Virtual Wall’

New iris-scanning technology used along the U.S.-Mexico border could exacerbate racial profiling.

Before President Trump ever builds his “big, beautiful wall,” there could be a fortified virtual wall at the U.S.-Mexico border bristling with biometric technology. In the coming months, 31 counties along and near the border — including more than a … Read More

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Over the Wall

After a decade of living in the shadow of the border wall, people in the Rio Grande Valley are ready to move on. But Donald Trump has other plans.

Over the Wall After a decade of living in the shadow of the border wall, people in the Rio Grande Valley are ready to move on. But Donald Trump has other plans. “Well, OK, I’ll talk to you,” Eloisa Tamez … Read More

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After Five Years in Exile, Mexican Journalist Fears He’ll Never Be Able to Go Home

“Every time they murder journalists, my heart hurts because I think of their families,” Miguel Lopez Solana said.

One month ago today, award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was gunned down in front of RioDoce, the newspaper he’d helped found in 2003 in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Valdez is the sixth reporter to be killed this year in Mexico, where at … Read More

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Both Sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border Want to Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump isn't alone in his desire to renegotiate the trade agreement, but his motives are skewed, critics say.

President Donald J. Trump has made no secret of his dislike for NAFTA, which he’s often pilloried as the “worst deal ever” and a “total disaster.” Many Mexican factory workers would probably agree with Trump on one point: The North … Read More

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Texas Nonprofit Hopes to Delay Trump’s Wall with Legal Fight

Lawyers from across the country are volunteering to help landowners fight federal condemnation cases.

The Texas Civil Rights Project announced Wednesday that a network of lawyers is ready to assist landowners who stand to lose their property to President Trump’s border wall. Attorney Efrén Olivares said the nonprofit has 11 attorneys on staff and … Read More

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