Almost everything I know about journalism, and much about life, I’ve learned from the editors, writers, designers, readers, sources and cranks who make up the Observer family.
When I first picked up a copy of the Texas Observer I was an undergraduate at UT-Austin, working in the periodicals section of the LBJ Library. Back in the earl...Read More
The processing centers are jails by another name, where men, women and children are kept in large group cells with no access to beds, full meals or even adequate drinking water.
While immigration politics play out on the national stage, El Paso is once again becoming a testing ground for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As part...Read More
We think what it takes to shake up Washington is an outsider with new ideas, but what’s needed is an insider with strong convictions.
The next president will have a lot to do. Each and every executive agency, down to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will need a deep cleanin...Read More
In the last year, Democrats agreed to border-wall funding that will fence off much of the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Falcon Lake.
Eugenio del Bosque Gomez/Flickr: Gage Skidmore Trump won’t get his beautiful Mexican-funded concrete wall from sea to sea. The president’s attempt to hold t...Read More
As a Citizen Included on Texas’ Fake Voter Fraud List, I Call for the Resignation of Secretary of State David Whitley
Whitley, Ken Paxton and Greg Abbott’s efforts to intimidate me and thousands of other Texans are outrageous, irresponsible and disrespectful to American democracy.
I still remember the day of my citizenship exam. It was a cold Monday in November 2017, at the San Antonio office of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCI...Read More
The Border Patrol is prioritizing a wall in Laredo’s urban center, despite the fact that illegal apprehensions are at historic lows.
On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) planners will be in Laredo to begin assessing where to place a border wall within our South Texas community....Read More