While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
Usually, when someone is smuggled into the country they pay a fee to a coyote. When they are forced here to work, or to pay off a debt with their labor it becomes trafficking. Sometimes it's not clear which one it is until all the facts come to light. And that decision will soon get made after au ... More >>
Federal immigration officials have deported an MS-13 gang member to El Salvador, where he was wanted for extortion. Jorge Alberto Dominguez, 29, had been in custody since a May arrest in Houston, but had evaded capture for almost two years, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement press ... More >>
The 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup made its stop at BBVA Compass Stadium Monday night - where it was wet and very un-wild. It was a double-header that featured the final round of group matches for all four teams in Group B - El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Trinidad & Tobago. We learned af ... More >>
Images of battles won and lost paint us all with the brush of brutality at a searing, resonating MFAH exhibit.
Police fatally shot an unarmed man, Kenneth Brian Releford, early Thursday morning near downtown, following a confrontation when he approached officers with a hand tucked behind his back, police said. This was the second time in three weeks that police gunned down a person who had a suspected ment ... More >>
OFF!, Negative Approach, Power Trip Warehouse Live September 20, 2012 Thursday night, East Downtown was hoppin.' The streets were filled with orange-clad soccer fans ready to watch the Dynamo whip up on El Salvador's C.D. FAS, and the bars on St. Emmanuel St. were doing brisk business. Rewind: Ke ... More >>
So what do you get when you cross FIFA's 49th-ranked team against its 130th? You get BBVA Compass Stadium's first international soccer match featuring El Salvador and New Zealand. And it didn't disappoint. The 2-2 draw had more goals than either of the Dynamo's first two games at BBVA. A relativel ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup, where yours truly is currently racing against an incoming hellstorm-raingasm, and hoping to get this thing completed before the bottom falls out. Will I succeed? The only way to know is to read on. We started the week off right with sushi, sushi, sushi, sushi. Do ... More >>
Every trip to cheerful Salvadoran spot El Petate is an adventure.
If you're anything like me, pupusas are the first thing that spring to mind when thinking of Salvadoran food. And why not: The fat, round pockets of cheese, beans, meat (and sometimes all three) are like the divine offspring of Mexican quesadillas and gorditas. They're portable and easy to consume, ... More >>
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>
Photo by Ronald WoanThe longest line of them all...I greeted last week's news of a second Banana Leaf with a bittersweet kind of joy. It's sad to lose the only good Chinese halal restaurant in Chinatown, but if the trade-off is getting another Banana Leaf location...then I guess it's almost a ... More >>
Three murders, the feds say.The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of indictments for racketeering and murder against seven members of the notorious MS-13 gang, who have been arrested. The USAO says MS-13 is: a criminal organization in Houston that functioned as a unit engaged i ... More >>
Some things are better left unarguedYou'd hope that San Antonio residents Wilber Adalid Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Rodriguez would find a way to get along. As the old blues song goes, they were both poor boys a long ways from home: the 24-year-old Wilber hails from El Salvador, while Jose, 28 ... More >>
Photos by Margaret DowningFormer Governor Mark White with Terry GrierDeclaring "we can't afford to press the pause button on our children's education," Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier vowed to continue doing the things he believes have to be done, even if the Texas economy is in the cr ... More >>
Note: Beef jerky is best enjoyed in a t-top Firebird with .38 Special blasting from your stereo and your majestic mullet trailing behind you in the breeze.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've never yet pegged a rude waiter with a saltshaker from across the ... More >>
I know that this will not sit well with many Montrose-dwelling diners, but I don't really like Brasil, at least not for the food. Sure, it's a great place to go hang out over a cup of coffee or a beer, relaxing on the patio and watching the Montrosian wildlife walk by, caught in their timele ... More >>
We think the festival's title lost something in translation - like an extra day
Sweet fancy Jesus. That was the first thing that ran through my mind as I was driving down Bellaire -- on my way to a different restaurant entirely -- and saw Pupusa Buffet instead. A whole buffet? Of pupusas? I had to stop. Pupusa Buffet (5920 Bellaire) is a no-frills pupuseria in a part o ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSOWeird, but surprisingly successful, way to kill your wifeBack on May 13, 48-year-old Pedro Cueva-Ferman thought he had come up with the perfect way to get rid of his wife and get clean away with the crime, according to allegations in a probable cause warrant on file at the Harr ... More >>
Raul Dominguez is a good bartender. Not only did he incite fervency in the crowd at the Iron Bartender competition recently, he also knows how to charm the bar patrons at Yelapa Playa Mexicana (2303 Richmond). We can't get enough of his sweet and spicy creations, such as the oft-yearned-for ... More >>
His new novel has been called a "rich, hard-hitting epic"
Running a red light and killing someone does not automatically mean you're in trouble in Harris County.
We recently wrote a review of a coffee from Cuvee Coffee, a roaster out of Spicewood, Texas. The coffee we discussed was the El Salvador Santa Rita Peaberry. Mike McKim, the owner of Cuvee Coffee, just got back from a trip to Finca Santa Rita, the very farm where the coffee came from, and the comp ... More >>
Photo courtesy Houston DynamoEverything was aligned perfectly for the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night. Before their final CONCACAF Champions League match, Pachuca defeated Arabe Unido, meaning all the Dynamo had to do was win against the previously winless Isidro Metapan to advance to the quart ... More >>
Sister Dianna Ortiz and Bishop Medardo E. Gomez Soto discuss the effect winning the Rothko Chapels human rights award had on their lives
A Salvadoran boy awaits the birthday that renders him a warrior
At Casa Juan Diego, compassion -- not green cards -- has always mattered most
Electro-phenom DJ Keoki spins by Numbers
SXSW heaps sloppy seconds on Houston
If they want a team, Houstonians have got to represent
Guatemalas Pollo Campero has American fast-food franchises running scared
The military thriller High Crimes sets a new low for Ashley Judd
How the fine art of diplomacy dissolved into a bitter two-word war
The secret herb at Houston's pupuserias can drive you out of your mind
Los Ranchitos' mellow, cream-heavy cuisine belies its strife-ridden origins in El Salvador
The devastation of Hurricane Mitch propelled thousands across our southern border in search of new lives in America. And those were just the kids.
Immigration law divides Central Americans
In Gulfton, soccer is much more than a game
Houston's Salvadorans are given more time to worry