Reynaldo Leanos Jr. is a freelance multimedia journalist living in New York City.
Reynaldo Leanos Jr. is a freelance multimedia journalist living in New York City. His work has been featured on PRI's Global Nation and The World, NPR's Latino USA, NBC Latino and KUT's Texas Standard. He is from the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas near the Mexico border, where he reported on immigration on the southern border and Latino culture.
Reynaldo graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, where he studied journalism and international studies. He is now studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and specializing in international reporting.
FEMA sent 57 million meals to Puerto Rico in the four months after Hurricane Maria. The Queer Kitchen Brigade sent just 400 jars of produce, but they are hoping to impact the kinds of food people in prolonged disaster relief can expect.
Josue Romero was arrested and put into the custody of federal immigration agents. He was held for 24 hours and then released — which raises serious questions for immigrants about what Trump's policies actually are.
In Texas, a new immigration detention facility will house only transgender migrants. The hitch is, the last time they tried this, the contract was not renewed because of abuses.
The medical school at Loyola University is trying to keep its students in the program. Their skills, languages and cultural diversity are needed in health care, they say.
Angel Gallegos voted for Donald Trump in a heavily Latino and Democratic part of South Texas. For him, immigration wasn't a top priority, rather the economy.
Members of the Hidalgo County Young Republicans know they’re in the minority in the Rio Grande Valley — but they think Donald Trump will be better for them on immigration and other issues.
Some 100,000 people passed through the state’s four immigrant detention centers last year. The Dignity Not Detention bill will have to wait for the federal government to decide if it wants private companies detaining people.
The “melon strike” of 1966 paved the way for farmworkers in Texas — and Mexican Americans in general — to stand up for their rights. But many young people have never heard of it.
In the wake of the US Department of Justice deciding to end its relationship with private prisons, Homeland Security is considering a similar move. But whether it will happen is far from certain.
“Sometimes I’d like to imprison the immigration officials, the judge, the president, so that they can endure 19 days in there with their children,” says one woman who was recently released from immigration detention.