Author Archives: Carlos Morales

‘Never Again Is Now:’ Artists Protest Conditions At The U.S.-Mexico Border

By Mallory Falk Artists from around the country gathered in El Paso Friday night for what they called an “artistic uprising” at the U.S.-Mexico border. With an international bridge as their backdrop, they sang, played music, and recited poetry expressing … Continue reading

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Your Memories Of Lonn Taylor, The Rambling Boy

By Marfa Public Radio Today, we continue our celebration of our friend Lonn Taylor, the Rambling Boy. It’s been just over a week since he died at the age of 79 at his home in Fort Davis. We’re airing remembrances … Continue reading

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Expansion Of “Remain In Mexico” Policy Brings Tension, Fear To Border Cities

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune On Monday afternoon, Luis Emilio realized he’d had enough. The 22-year old Ecuadoran migrant had just spent three days in detention in the United States after seeking asylum, only to be sent back to Mexico until … Continue reading

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Texas Man Dies While Hiking During Extreme Heat In Big Bend National Park

By Carlos Morales A visitor to Big Bend National Park died July 2 while hiking, as temperatures in the rugged Far West Texas park reached well above 100 degrees that afternoon. Richard Merrill, 54, of Friendswood, Texas was hiking on … Continue reading

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Homeland Security Report: Tensions Rising In Overcrowded Migrant Detention Facilities

By Riane Roldan, Texas Tribune The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released a report Tuesday detailing severe overcrowding and escalating tensions between detainees and Border Patrol agents at five facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. The report … Continue reading

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Members Of Congress Describe Migrant Detention Center Without Running Water

By Mallory Falk, Joey Palacios, Bri Kirkham About a dozen members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus toured three migrant detention facilities near El Paso on Monday as part of an investigation.

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Texas Historian And Author Lonn Taylor Has Died at 79

By Marfa Public Radio Historian and beloved Big Bend resident Lonn Taylor has died at the age of 79. Jeff Davis County Justice of the Peace Mary Ann Luedecke confirmed Taylor’s death. She said, Taylor died peacefully at his home … Continue reading

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In The Vast Big Bend, There’s An Increase In Migrants Crossing The Border. Here’s Why.

By Carlos Morales It’s approaching midday, and Border Patrol agent Derek Boyle is driving along the snaking Rio Grande. On either side of the river: The seemingly-endless Chihuahuan desert. No houses. No buildings.  “And so when you’re talking about vast … Continue reading

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Chisos Basin Visitor Center Closes For Repairs

By Carlos Morales The Chisos Basin Visitor Center at Big Bend National Park will be closed for up to four months beginning June 24, while the facility receives repairs staff say are the first renovations to the center since it … Continue reading

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Texas Will Deploy 1,000 National Guard Troops To The Border Amid Migrant Surge

By Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state will deploy 1,000 troops from the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid the federal government with border security efforts. “There is an escalating crisis … Continue reading

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