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Jeremy Schwartz

Investigative reporter

Jeremy Schwartz is a member of the Austin American-Statesman's investigative team and focuses on military, veteran and border security issues. He previously served as the Statesman's correspondent in Mexico City from 2005 to 2009 covering politics, drug violence and immigration issues. Schwartz won the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors first place awards in 2015 for Best Online Project for a story about a failed Department of Veterans Affairs brain research program and Deadline Writing for his work on the 2014 SXSW crash. He also took 3rd Place in the Reporter of the Year category and Honorable Mention in the Freedom of Information category for a story on interior Border Patrol traffic stops. 

Latest from Jeremy Schwartz

House committee approves tougher inspections of farmworker housing
 A pair of bills that would strengthen state inspections of farmworker housing, stiffen penalties on violators and require state regulators to look for unlicensed facilities passed the House Urban Affairs Committee with 7-0 votes on Thursday. With just weeks remaining in the legislative calendar, the legislation’s window could be closing...

Posted: 5 hours ago

A pair of bills that would strengthen state inspections of farmworker housing, stiffen penalties on violators and require state regulators to look for unlicensed facilities passed the House Urban Affairs Committee with 7-0 votes on Thursday. With just weeks remaining in the legislative calendar, the legislation’s window could be closing...
Crisis encounters: When policing the mentally ill turns deadly
 Sometime around midnight on Sept. 23, 2014, Tom Klessig left his stately home in the heart of the affluent Dallas suburb of University Park to go on one of his late-night walks around the neighborhood. Klessig, a 23-year-old former wrestling champion, was back in his childhood home, living with his parents after years of struggle with...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Sometime around midnight on Sept. 23, 2014, Tom Klessig left his stately home in the heart of the affluent Dallas suburb of University Park to go on one of his late-night walks around the neighborhood. Klessig, a 23-year-old former wrestling champion, was back in his childhood home, living with his parents after years of struggle with...
Even before Trump threat, mothers and children separated at the border
 Ana Mendoza, a 29-year-old Honduran immigrant, can’t erase the image from her mind: With her 10-year-old son and 12-year-old cousin in tow, she had arrived at the International Bridge in Hidalgo on Jan. 19, the day before President Donald Trump was to be inaugurated. Mendoza, fleeing gang violence in her homeland, believed the family...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ana Mendoza, a 29-year-old Honduran immigrant, can’t erase the image from her mind: With her 10-year-old son and 12-year-old cousin in tow, she had arrived at the International Bridge in Hidalgo on Jan. 19, the day before President Donald Trump was to be inaugurated. Mendoza, fleeing gang violence in her homeland, believed the family...
Madres alejadas de sus hijos al cruzar la frontera en busca de asilo
 Ana Mendoza, una inmigrante de 29 años procedente de Honduras, no puede borrar la imagen de su mente: con su hijo de 10 años y un primo de este de 12 años, ella llegó al Puente Internacional en Hidalgo el 20 de enero, el mismo día que Donald Trump comenzó su presidencia. Mendoza, quien huía...

Posted: a day ago

Ana Mendoza, una inmigrante de 29 años procedente de Honduras, no puede borrar la imagen de su mente: con su hijo de 10 años y un primo de este de 12 años, ella llegó al Puente Internacional en Hidalgo el 20 de enero, el mismo día que Donald Trump comenzó su presidencia. Mendoza, quien huía...
Lawmaker on farmworker housing bill: Inaction is ‘inexcusable’
 In emotional testimony Tuesday, Texas farmworkers and advocates urged a House committee to pass a bill that would strengthen inspections of housing for agricultural workers, increase penalties on violators and require state regulators to look for unlicensed facilities. Justino De Leon, a longtime farmworker from Pharr, told members of the...

Posted: 2 days ago

In emotional testimony Tuesday, Texas farmworkers and advocates urged a House committee to pass a bill that would strengthen inspections of housing for agricultural workers, increase penalties on violators and require state regulators to look for unlicensed facilities. Justino De Leon, a longtime farmworker from Pharr, told members of the...
Texas House to tackle lackluster inspections of farmworker housing
 The House Committee on Urban Affairs on Tuesday will examine the state’s unfunded inspection program for farmworker housing, which a 2016 American-Statesman investigation found fails to ensure licensed housing for the vast majority of the state’s farmworkers. The committee is scheduled to take up HB 2365, filed by State Rep. Ramon...

Posted: 2 days ago

The House Committee on Urban Affairs on Tuesday will examine the state’s unfunded inspection program for farmworker housing, which a 2016 American-Statesman investigation found fails to ensure licensed housing for the vast majority of the state’s farmworkers. The committee is scheduled to take up HB 2365, filed by State Rep. Ramon...
VA hopes to revitalize Waco research program after troubled past
 The Department of Veterans Affairs will look to reboot its once troubled Waco Center of Excellence research program as it inaugurates a long-awaited, 53,000-square-foot facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The new facility — with enough space for 100 staff members and trainees, a custom-built laboratory wing and numerous...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs will look to reboot its once troubled Waco Center of Excellence research program as it inaugurates a long-awaited, 53,000-square-foot facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The new facility — with enough space for 100 staff members and trainees, a custom-built laboratory wing and numerous...
Trump has vendors at Border Security Expo seeing dollar signs
 The smell of money was in the air at the 2017 Border Security Expo, the annual gathering of private firms, contractors and government officials who make their living beefing up the nation’s borders. With President Donald Trump pushing for billions of new dollars in Department of Homeland Security funding, there is opportunity to be...

Posted: 15 days ago

The smell of money was in the air at the 2017 Border Security Expo, the annual gathering of private firms, contractors and government officials who make their living beefing up the nation’s borders. With President Donald Trump pushing for billions of new dollars in Department of Homeland Security funding, there is opportunity to be...
Trump is the toast of San Antonio’s 2017 Border Security Expo
 The smell of money is in the air at the 2017 Border Security Expo, the annual gathering of private firms, contractors and government officials who make their living beefing up the nation’s borders. With President Donald Trump pushing for billions of new dollars in Department of Homeland Security funding, there is opportunity to be found...

Posted: 16 days ago

The smell of money is in the air at the 2017 Border Security Expo, the annual gathering of private firms, contractors and government officials who make their living beefing up the nation’s borders. With President Donald Trump pushing for billions of new dollars in Department of Homeland Security funding, there is opportunity to be found...
Trump gets credit as Texas border arrests plummet
 Apprehensions of immigrants crossing the Texas-Mexico border fell by two-thirds between January and March, part of a border-wide decrease that White House officials on Wednesday credited to tough talk from President Donald Trump they say has convinced some immigrants not to attempt the journey. Records obtained by the American-Statesman show...

Posted: 22 days ago

Apprehensions of immigrants crossing the Texas-Mexico border fell by two-thirds between January and March, part of a border-wide decrease that White House officials on Wednesday credited to tough talk from President Donald Trump they say has convinced some immigrants not to attempt the journey. Records obtained by the American-Statesman show...
Trump’s Texas border wall hits a snag in Falcon Lake
 A few days before a late winter bass fishing tournament, a steady stream of anglers backed their motorboats into the chilly waters of Falcon Lake and zipped away in hopes of finding a lucky spot among the lake’s many inlets and islands. The largemouth bass are almost always biting in this 154-square mile reservoir, the largest lake...

8:01 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

A few days before a late winter bass fishing tournament, a steady stream of anglers backed their motorboats into the chilly waters of Falcon Lake and zipped away in hopes of finding a lucky spot among the lake’s many inlets and islands. The largemouth bass are almost always biting in this 154-square mile reservoir, the largest lake...