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Reynaldo Leaños Jr.

Border and Immigration Reporter

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. covers immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border for Texas Public Radio.

Prior to joining Texas Public Radio, Reynaldo was a freelance journalist in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas and in New York City. His work has appeared in Public Radio International’s The World and Global Nation, NBC News, NPR’s Latino USA, KUT’s Texas Standard and KUT.

He has an undergraduate degree from Texas State University, where he studied journalism and international studies. Leanos also has a master’s degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where he specialized in international reporting.

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Marianna Treviño-Wright and Hector Guajardo, a land surveyor, document the erosion and work being done at Fisher's private border wall
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Hector Guajardo is a land surveyor tasked with inspecting a 3-mile long private border wall in Mission, Texas. He and others recently spotted significant, visible holes underneath the concrete where the border wall stands and other signs of erosion in the ground.


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La administración Trump anunció esta semana que no expulsará a niños inmigrantes y padres que se encuentran retenidos en el Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites en McAllen.

A Honduran mother holds her newborn daughter in their apartment. She delivered her baby in a local hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, but she and her daughter were expelled to Mexico, along with the rest of her family.
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A small apartment on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande is not where a 23-year-old Honduran mother thought she’d end up after fleeing her home country.

Hurricane Hanna rolls in near the Hampton Inn where migrants were being held.
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The Trump administration announced this week that it will not expel migrant children and parents who were being held at the Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites in McAllen.

Sara Melendez (left) is a public affairs officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Rafael Garza is a special operations supervisor with the Border Patrol Sector in Laredo.
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The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped some people, including those seeking asylum, from crossing into the U.S. at its southern border.

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About a thousand asylum seekers are living in tents at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas. It is the largest migrant refugee camp on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A volunteer for LUPE leaves a bag of food and cleaning supplies on the doorknob of her neighbor’s home who could not attend to the distribution herself.
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It’s just after midnight and Dr. Ivan Melendez still has several hours to go before he finishes his shift at a hospital in Hidalgo County. 

It’s been nonstop. 

Next up, he has to call the wife of a COVID-19 patient who just tried to take out his own ventilator.

Paul Ratje for KERA News

A public health order issued in late-March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention barred unauthorized migrants from entering the U.S. The order cited concerns over the “introduction” of an infectious disease to the country, which in this case, is COVID-19. What was an initial effort to contain the spread of the pandemic has since thrown the U.S. asylum process into disarray.

Three reporters — from the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso and Mexico City — took a deep dive on how this CDC order affects the lives of asylum-seeking migrants by examining how it’s being implemented along the Texas-Mexico border.