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ON THE COVER Inside the Port Isabel Detention Center PHOTO BY JAZMINE ULLOA POINT OF NO RETURN by del Bosque With thousands of legal residents locked up indefinitely, far from home, Texas’ immigrant detention centers are boiling over. Non criminal detainees held in the Alpha dorm PHOTO BY JAZMINE ULLOA II DOWN FOR THE COUNT by Kevin Sieff The profitable game of including immigrants in the census then deporting them. REGULARS DIALOGUE Osi POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE Oti EDITORIAL 05 BEN SARGENT’S LOON STAR STATE 19 HIGHTOWER REPORT 22 CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK 23 POETRY A Houston hip-hop duo by Jack Myers reunites to slow down SXSW. by Josh Rosenblatt SCHOOLHOUSE CROCK by Forrest Wilder Why is Texas prosecuting adults for dropping out? IRON CANVAS URBAN COWGIRL Border wall makeover Twilight of the by Super-Americans by Ruth Pennebaker STATE OF THE MEDIA New School Journalism PURPLE STATE by Bill Minutaglio Friendly Fire by Bob Moser HUNGRY EYE Michael Nye’s exhibit at 29 EYE ON TEXAS the Witte in San Antonio by Karen Rangel by Alan Pogue DATELINE: NECHES RIVER An East Texas ecosystem is saved by the courts. Let’s go paddling. by Dan Coke. OBSERVER ONLINE The Texas Observer is going on spring break, so there will not be an April 2 issue. But you can keep track of the latest Texas news on our daily Web site. Also check out immigrant detainee interviews online.