Pablo De La Rosa is a freelance journalist, reporting statewide for Texas Public Radio and nationally for NPR.

NPR Up First: Texas has broken ground on a military base on the Rio Grande

Call-in segment to NPR’s Up First on Governor Abbott’s recently announced Operation Lone Star military base in Eagle Pass

We found out on Friday that Texas has already broken ground on an 80-acre military base on the banks of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass. The facility will hold up to 2,300 National Guard, dedicated to expanding Governor Greg Abbott’s controversial border security mission, Operation Lone Star.

I had a chance to talk to A Martínez for Up First this morning on NPR about what we know so far, the comments I’ve heard from Eagle Pass since Friday, and what the project means for the standoff between Abbott and Biden.


Pablo De La Rosa reports on immigration, border communities, preserving democracy, and Latin America for Texas Public Radio and NPR from the Texas-Mexico border, where he grew up. He’s the host of the daily Spanish newscast TPR Noticias Al Día and a regular contributor at The Border Chronicle.

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