Melissa del Bosque
  • Melissa del Bosque is a staff reporter with the Texas Observer in Austin and is a Lannan reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. She has covered the US-Mexico border since 1998 for various national and international media outlets, including the Guardian, and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Her work has also been featured on outlets such as Democracy Now!, PBS, Al Jazeera, BBC, and NPR. She has reported on topics including border militarization, the plight of unaccompanied migrant children deported to Mexico, and Mexican asylum seekers in the United States. 

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Featured Work
  • Homeland Insecurity
  • How to run drugs, smuggle migrants, and get away with it at America's biggest law enforcement agency.

  • Death on Sevenmile Road
  • As border security build-up in Texas intensified, two brothers paid a smuggler to bring them to the US. Only one lived to tell their story.

  • Lawman's Burden
  • A south Texas sheriff's department with dwindling resources struggles to cope with a growing immigration crisis. 

  • 'A Cemetery for Our People'
  • A Guatemalan diplomat struggles to save her countrymen in south Texas and nearly loses herself.

  • ‘This Is Our Home’
  • With migrants streaming through south Texas, landowners are caught between protecting their property and saving lives. 

  • Into the Wilderness
  • To comply with US immigration law, Exelina Hernandez would have to risk her life.

  • 'We Are Disposable'
  • Twenty years after NAFTA, the plight of Mexican maquiladora workers like Rosa Moreno has worsened.

  • Kochworld
  • To see how the Koch brothers' free-market industry utopia operates, look no further than Corpus Christi, Texas, where the billionaires own two oil refineries. 


  • Children of the Exodus
  • US immigration officials deport tens of thousands of unaccompanied children to Mexico each year, many of whom grew up in the United States. What, exactly, becomes of them?