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A young boy eats his meal that was delivered by Team Brownsville as he overlooks the encampment where many asylum seekers sleep.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the location of the shelter. It is at a gymnasium at Alberca Chavez.


There are more than 1,500 migrants living in squalid conditions on the streets in Matamoros, Mexico. They’re forced to wait there for their day in U.S. immigration court under the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.




David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Texas Matters first hit the airwaves on Texas Public Radio on Sept. 1, 2000. And each week since Yvette Benavides (my creative partner and wife) and I have produced stories, interviews and commentaries for public radio listeners across Texas.

Community organizers with the COPS/Metro Alliance speaks to the Southside school board Oct. 17, 2019 as a mom who was denied access to her son's school wipes away a tear.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Updated Oct. 28: The Southside Independent School District sent a letter to parents Monday notifying them that a state-issued ID is no longer required to gain full access to its campuses.

Superintendent Mark Eads said in the letter that school visitors can show any form of government-issued photo ID to gain entry to Southside campuses.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Electric pallet jacks rush in and out of the many 24-foot high warehouse aisles at Johnson Brothers Bakery Supply. Workers pull supplies that will later become that cake you ordered for your grandmother’s 90th birthday or that jelly filled roll you pretended not to eat at work last week.

The encampment area where hundreds of asylum seekers are staying near the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Amnesty International directors from around the world visited Matamoros, Mexico this weekend.

St. Mary's University Professor Meghann Peace speaks to a student in her Heritage Spanish class on Sept. 23, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

College freshman Angie Bravo’s first language is Spanish, but she wishes she were better at it.

The 18-year-old grew up in Laredo, Texas, just across the border from Mexico. Like many of her neighbors, she speaks a version of Spanish influenced by English.

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Inner demons, passions and life transformations are all recurring themes of one of the most iconic artists from the Chicano street art movement. Carlos Almaraz was one of Los Angeles’ leading contemporary artists, but his life was cut short when he died of complications from AIDS in 1989.

Elsa Flores Almaraz is working to keep her late husband’s work and legacy alive. The new documentary, “Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire,” highlights the significant moments in Carlos’ life and how these memories transcend in his artwork. 

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

A migrant resource center operated by the city and local charities is closing because the number of migrants arriving in the city has dropped.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Privacy took home the win at Tuesday night’s Tech Fuel competition in San Antonio. Rectify, the auto redaction and data privacy company took home the $50,000 grand prize in front of an audience so filled it was bursting out of the Tobin’s Carlos Alvarez theater. 

A sign sits across the street from Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority headquarters telling them, "Repair your dams."
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Portions of Guadalupe Valley lakes reopened today following the release of a report on unsafe zones near aging dam spill gates.