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PMJA Awards Submission for Nationally Edited Coverage: Border & Immigration Reporting

Veronica G. Cardenas for Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio documented the evolution of U.S. immigration policy in 2019, from President Trump's emergency declaration over border wall funding to the implementation of Migrant Protection Protocols. TPR’s reporting focused on how these policies impact people living on both sides of the border as well as those passing through.

TPR is based in San Antonio, known as the “Gateway to the Border.” It’s where almost every migrant who crosses the Rio Grande passes through on their way to their destinations in the US. We reported on the humanitarian efforts in the Alamo City while expanding our reporting in the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico with the addition of Reynaldo Leaños Jr based in Mission, Texas.

TPR reporters also traveled to the border city of El Paso in August 2019 to cover the Walmart shooting. These stories were edited for air on NPR newscasts and several NPR programs, including Morning EditionAll Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

00:00 to 03:28  

In The Rio Grande Valley, Residents Prepare For Construction Of A New Border Wall

February 15, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


03:29 to ​06:11 

The Border Situation At Eagle Pass, Texas, Grows Tense

February 7, 2019  | Joey Palacios


06:12 to 9:54    

Rio Grande Valley Landowners Plan To Fight Border Wall Expansion

March 19, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


9:55 to 13:20

San Antonio Scrambles To Provide Emergency Services To Influx Of Migrant Families

April 1, 2019 | David Martin Davies


13:21 to  17:15

Shelters And City Governments Scramble To Help Migrants In The Rio Grande Valley

April 7, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


17:16 to 21:01

Inside Texas' New Migrant Tent Facility

May 3, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


21:01 to 24:44

Laredo, Texas, Now No. 1 U.S. Trade Hub, Braces For Trump's Mexico Tariffs

June 1, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


24:45 to 28:38

As More Migrants Cross Rio Grande, Border Patrol Rescues Surge

June 8, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


28:39 to 32:20

Hundreds Of Migrants From Central Africa Cross Southern U.S. Border To Seek Asylum

June 19, 2019 | Bonnie Petrie


32:21 to 36:00

Border Community Remembers A Father And Daughter Who Drowned Crossing The Rio Grande

July 1, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


36:01 to 39:43

How Constantly Changing Immigration Policies Affect Migrants Already In Danger

July 20, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


39:44 to 43:39 

San Antonio Steps Up To Help Increasing Flow Of Migrants

July 21, 2019 | Bonnie Petrie


43:40 to 44:36 

El Paso Law Enforcement Investigate Potential Hate Crime In El Paso Shooting

Lauren Terrazas | August 3, 2019


44:37 to 45:21

El Paso Shooter's Mother Contacted Allen Police Weeks Before Shooting

August 9, 2019 | Joey Palacios


45:22 to 47:20

At The Texas Border, Tent Courtooms Set Up To Process Aslyum Cases

September 17, 2019 | Bonnie Petrie


47:21 to 51:19 

In Mexican Border Town, A Pop-Up School For Migrant Children

September 20, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


51:20 to 55:35

Pregnant Women Among Asylum Seekers Sent To Mexico To Wait For Immigration Court

October 4, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.


55:36 to 59:41

Mexican Official Tries To Move Asylum-Seekers Stuck In Tent Camps

November 9, 2019 | Reynaldo Leaños Jr.

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.