BY SEAN CHAFFIN One morning in 2011, just after sunrise, a swarm of federal agents rolled quietly down a neatly manicured cul-de-sac in Southlake, the city police's SWAT alongside them. They gathered outside the home of their target, a $750,000 spread with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a swimmin ... More >>
Last week, we told you about 13-year-old Gaby, who was given an order of deportation from immigration Judge Michael Baird. Gaby is from Honduras, and will be sent back this fall after having been in the United States for less than a year. Her court appearances will have taken place in the course of ... More >>
Exactly one year ago, Dallas ISD's Student Intake Center began taking responsibility for every immigrant student coming into the district. The Center focuses on processing the kids who have never attended American schools before, by checking immunization records and other documents, and evaluating t ... More >>
Ixar, a slight, gangling teenager, nervously fidgeted in his chair as Judge Michael Baird stared him down. Babies' cries could be heard echoing through the halls, but it did not break the formal tension within the courtroom. Ixar's eyes flashed between the translator and Baird. He had come a long ... More >>
Why Central American kids are flooding Texas, and what it means in Dallas.
Local protests have increased in recent weeks against the expected influx of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children, part of an unprecedented surge of kids fleeing poverty and violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. As resources are stretched at the border, at Lackland Air For ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry's sending the National Guard to the border may not be the best idea. Sending soldiers to perform law enforcement functions usually doesn't end well. That being said, at least there's a certain logic to it. Perry perceives the influx of undocumented kids crossing the border as a s ... More >>
With Central American kids streaming across Texas' border and nothing but partisan posturing on the horizon, Dallas County, under the leadership of County Judge Clay Jenkins and in partnership with the feds, is preparing to shelter thousands of unaccompanied minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Gua ... More >>
It's an oft-repeated pattern in families of diverse nationalities and cultures: A family member goes to the United States to work and person sends money back to relatives in their home country. Repeat until further notice. This is a way of life that could soon come to a screeching halt, or at lea ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turk. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. October 2011. Luis Chamagua woke up, showered, ate cereal and headed for school. Typical morni ... More >>
Pupusas are the unsung heroes of Latin cuisine. Their crisped exteriors may not entice like a taco filled with pork, pineapple, and cilantro, but this humble exterior belies a rich and meaty filling that is nothing short of magical. Corn masa is shaped into a pocket, filled with meats, cheese, and o ... More >>
To say that Mexican food in Texas is in a period of transformation is a serious understatement. Tex-Mex restaurants that were inspired much more by Tejanos in Texas may have once been more popular than traditional interior Mexican dishes, but chefs like Nico Sanchez at Meso Maya and Abraham Salum of ... More >>
North Texas brewers have been a busy bunch lately. With the change in season, many have been working on snuggly versions of their beer, something to cuddle up with on these chilly 70- or 20-degree December days. These are a few beers you might consider tromping out in the ice to horde before Ice-a ... More >>
Former barista Liz Goulding drinks coffee around Dallas so her head doesn't hurt and so she can help keep yours from hurting, too. Got a place to suggest? Leave it in the comments. I have a confession: I've been pretending that Ascension doesn't exist. When I decide it's time to put on real pants a ... More >>
Plus, a gabacha finds signs of love.
Pearl Cup Coffee in Richardson at II Creeks shopping center is now open (2701 Custer Parkway, Ste. 917). This is the third spot for one of Dallas' favorite locally owned coffee shops; other locations are the original at 1900 Henderson Ave. and 750 N. Paul Street downtown. Tuesday was their first d ... More >>
In honor of tomorrow's holiday I put together a slideshow of some seriously sexy and photogenic Valentine's Day dinner options around town. The gallery includes shots of bacon-wrapped jumbo Panama shrimp, brushed with cherry mustard and served on a bed orzo pasta with carrot greens at DISH; an ugly ... More >>
Kevin Sprague started roasting his own coffee beans as a hobby almost ten years ago when his wife, Marta, gave him a small tabletop roaster. His hobby eventually turned into Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters and now their small-batch artisanal coffee is served at several restaurants (Sissy's and Bryan St ... More >>
*If there's even such a thing.
In October we noted a report from Pittsburgh-based Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights that said the Dallas Cowboys are having team-branded clothing made in "gross sweatshop conditions at the Style Avenue factory in El Salvador" -- which Cowboys Merchandise Ltd. chief operating officer Bill ... More >>
On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh-based Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights issued a report titled Dressing Babies in Sweatshop Clothing: Dallas Cowboys, Ohio State and a Creepy Business, in which it alleged that the Cowboys are having team-branded clothing made in "gross sweatshop conditions ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraAfter 26 years as a mechanic at Pilgrim's Pride, today is the last day of work for Victor Recindos and his 1,000 coworkers.Victor Recindos has aged 26 years by the calendar's count since first becoming a mechanic at Pilgrim's Pride chicken processing plant just south of ... More >>
MLS SoccerFC Dallas scored in the 27th second against the Panamanianites.Editor's note: Observer.com contributor Justin Bitner got drunk and admitted to being a soccer fan, so we made him attend Wednesday's FC Dallas match against Tauro FC of Panama, FCD's fifth game of CONCACAF Champions Lea ... More >>
Friday, December 10, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
What the friggin' what?! Last time I saw Jimmy Johnson on Survivor he was ordering her to fetch water and him to cut down trees and those guys to catch some fish and the rest to build a bridge from Nicaragua to Key West so he could home and drink some cold Heinekens. He had his&nbs ... More >>
Michoacan PupusaJust over a mile from the airport outside San Salvador you will find a tiny village ripe with what many would call the national snack of the Central American country, El Salvador--the pupusa. In the village of Olocuilta little shops sell these masa harina cakes, which are filled ... More >>
Well, this is pretty much priceless. The above clip features noted former Dentonite Corn Mo and his band .357 Lover covering Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and tossing a little Van Halen "Panama" into the mix for good measure. It's kind of like a mash-up, but mostly, it's just a good time. Or so it ... More >>
This just in from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The agency, along with the Office of Homeland Security Investigations National Gang Unit and an alphabet's soup worth of local law enforcement agencies, spent the last five days sweeping Dallas-Fort Worth for gang members and their a ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Sara KerensOnce known as a haven for large-chain dining, Carrollton is slowly changing, as more and more immigrants move there from Asia, and Central and South America. Drive down East Belt Line Road or Josey Lane and you will see taquerias aplenty, plus homey establishments that draw culinary i ... More >>
Photos By Daniel RodrigueOnly adding to the residential feel of the coffee house, a well-worn chest of drawers serves as the shop's condiment bar .Yesterday, Roasted woke up craving a fresh cup of something different--a steaming-hot cup of new from a coffee house that we had yet to try. But, ... More >>
The LCC offers words to drive by
OK, game time, kids: How many obscure '80s references can I fit into one blog post about Duran Duran canceling its Nokia Theatre gig tonight? Let's see...Double Trouble, gang! In the span of about two minutes, we just got word from both the booking agent of the Nokia Theatre (AEG Live) and Duran Dur ... More >>
PDNB brings it home
Sergio Morales, Guatemala's human rights ombudsman, has a few thoughts about how this country treats immigrants, legal and otherwise. Guatemala's top human-rights official is in town this week to meet with immigrants from the Central American country and push for an auxiliary consulate in the Dalla ... More >>
Migrate to the gardens
In a Dallas court, Costa Rican banana workers claim a banned pesticide left them sterile
Who has the worst cuisine in Europe?
And your hair, your clothes, and your skin as the Big Smoke blows through Dallas
Hurricane Mitch left thousands homeless, jobless, and alone, forcing them to cross the border in search for new lives in America. And those were just the kids.