Sean Collins Walsh

State Capitol reporter

Sean Collins Walsh reports on state government and politics, including the Texas House of Representatives, the state budget, border and immigration issues, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Agriculture and the Texas Facilities Commission. 

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Inmigrantes arrestados en Bastrop tras controvertido operativo
 En la mañana del 23 de junio, cuando México venció a Corea del Sur 2 a 1 en la Copa del Mundo, todo el barrio de Stony Point en el oeste del condado Bastrop estaba emocionado, ya que casi todos sus residentes son inmigrantes o mexicoamericanos. Juan, un inmigrante indocumentado de veintitantos años, y su novia...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018

En la mañana del 23 de junio, cuando México venció a Corea del Sur 2 a 1 en la Copa del Mundo, todo el barrio de Stony Point en el oeste del condado Bastrop estaba emocionado, ya que casi todos sus residentes son inmigrantes o mexicoamericanos. Juan, un inmigrante indocumentado de veintitantos años, y su novia...
‘They knew what they were doing,' immigrant arrested in Bastrop says
 On the morning of June 23, Mexico defeated South Korea 2-1 in the World Cup, stirring jubilation in the Stony Point neighborhood in western Bastrop County, where almost all residents are immigrants or Mexican-Americans. Juan, an unauthorized immigrant in his late 20s, and his girlfriend, both of whom were born in Mexico, had plans to get...

4:11 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

On the morning of June 23, Mexico defeated South Korea 2-1 in the World Cup, stirring jubilation in the Stony Point neighborhood in western Bastrop County, where almost all residents are immigrants or Mexican-Americans. Juan, an unauthorized immigrant in his late 20s, and his girlfriend, both of whom were born in Mexico, had plans to get...
‘They knew what they were doing,’ immigrant arrested in Bastrop says
 On the morning of June 23, Mexico defeated South Korea 2-1 in the World Cup, stirring jubilation in the Stony Point neighborhood in western Bastrop County, where almost all residents are immigrants or Mexican-Americans. Juan, an unauthorized immigrant in his late 20s, and his girlfriend, both of whom were born in Mexico, had plans to get...

4:00 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

On the morning of June 23, Mexico defeated South Korea 2-1 in the World Cup, stirring jubilation in the Stony Point neighborhood in western Bastrop County, where almost all residents are immigrants or Mexican-Americans. Juan, an unauthorized immigrant in his late 20s, and his girlfriend, both of whom were born in Mexico, had plans to get...
HEAT & ICE: Traffic crackdown targeted common violations by immigrants
 After his June 23 “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation netted 28 arrests and landed 16 people in deportation proceedings, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said he was “shocked” that so many motorists in the heavily Hispanic area he had targeted were driving without valid licenses. “I’m surprised...

12:33 AM Friday, Jul. 27, 2018

After his June 23 “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation netted 28 arrests and landed 16 people in deportation proceedings, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said he was “shocked” that so many motorists in the heavily Hispanic area he had targeted were driving without valid licenses. “I’m surprised...
HEAT & ICE: Traffic crackdown targeted common violations by immigrants
 After his June 23 “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation netted 28 arrests and landed 16 people in deportation proceedings, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said he was “shocked” that so many motorists in the heavily Hispanic area he had targeted were driving without valid licenses. “I’m surprised...

11:23 PM Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018

After his June 23 “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation netted 28 arrests and landed 16 people in deportation proceedings, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said he was “shocked” that so many motorists in the heavily Hispanic area he had targeted were driving without valid licenses. “I’m surprised...
Consul: DPS helped Bastrop traffic operation that led to deportations
 A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper participated in the Bastrop County sheriff’s controversial “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation, which resulted in 24 people being arrested and 14 of them picked up by immigration authorities for deportation proceedings, according to Carlos González Gutié...

10:49 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper participated in the Bastrop County sheriff’s controversial “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation, which resulted in 24 people being arrested and 14 of them picked up by immigration authorities for deportation proceedings, according to Carlos González Gutié...
What Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ shares with Clinton, Bush, Obama policies
 In 1997, federal prosecutors charged about 15,400 immigrants with illegal entry or re-entry into the United States, the most commonly charged illegal immigration crimes. In 2013, they filed more than 90,000 such cases, the peak year for immigrant prosecutions. The almost 500 percent increase in prosecutions reflects a strategy embraced and...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 07, 2018

In 1997, federal prosecutors charged about 15,400 immigrants with illegal entry or re-entry into the United States, the most commonly charged illegal immigration crimes. In 2013, they filed more than 90,000 such cases, the peak year for immigrant prosecutions. The almost 500 percent increase in prosecutions reflects a strategy embraced and...
Faith group: Bastrop Sheriff Maurice Cook targeted Latino neighborhood
 In the Stony Point neighborhood of Del Valle, some of the homes are brightly painted and have elaborate gardens, while others sit on cinder blocks and are sided with rotting wood. Neighbors speak to one another in Spanish, many of the men work in construction, and a tiny Catholic church, Iglesia San Juan Diego, is nestled among the houses...

11:15 PM Monday, Jul. 02, 2018

In the Stony Point neighborhood of Del Valle, some of the homes are brightly painted and have elaborate gardens, while others sit on cinder blocks and are sided with rotting wood. Neighbors speak to one another in Spanish, many of the men work in construction, and a tiny Catholic church, Iglesia San Juan Diego, is nestled among the houses...
Bastrop traffic operation leads to multiple deportations
 At 7:23 p.m. Saturday, 27-year-old Jacqueline Benitez-Quintana was driving in western Bastrop County when she was pulled over by a sheriff’s corporal for failing to use her blinker while changing lanes. When the officer, Brandon Stark, learned she was driving without a license, he arrested her. Nine minutes later, Eugenio Orozco, 42...

7:57 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

At 7:23 p.m. Saturday, 27-year-old Jacqueline Benitez-Quintana was driving in western Bastrop County when she was pulled over by a sheriff’s corporal for failing to use her blinker while changing lanes. When the officer, Brandon Stark, learned she was driving without a license, he arrested her. Nine minutes later, Eugenio Orozco, 42...
Faith group blasts Bastrop sheriff for traffic crackdown, deportations
 4:50 p.m. update: Sheriff Maurice Cook said that last weekend’s “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation in heavily Hispanic western Bastrop County — which led to 24 people being arrested and 13 seized for deportation proceedings — was prompted by a meeting he had with civic leaders who had asked for increased...

10:16 PM Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2018

4:50 p.m. update: Sheriff Maurice Cook said that last weekend’s “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation in heavily Hispanic western Bastrop County — which led to 24 people being arrested and 13 seized for deportation proceedings — was prompted by a meeting he had with civic leaders who had asked for increased...
Hays County water fight is back on, 3 years after residents’ big win
 Three years ago, Hays County’s grassroots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro Purification&rsquo...

6:28 PM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

Three years ago, Hays County’s grassroots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro Purification&rsquo...