Reynaldo Leanos Jr.
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.
Julio Ramos just started medical school, but unless Congress passes laws to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, it’s unclear if he can finish his training. Or pay back the student loans he’s already taken out.
The Department of Homeland Security has called for more immigration detention facilities to open along the US-Mexico border. And negotiations between a private prison company and the government have already begun in the Rio Grande Valley.
Just 160 out of 11,300 applicants were accepted to Loyola’s medical school. But that’s not the only hurdle for undocumented students who get a coveted spot.
President Donald Trump wants to stop illegal immigration at the southern border. More than 100 years ago, many Americans were trying to get into Mexico, illegally, to escape slavery.
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.