BORDER/LINES is a weekly newsletter where experienced immigration beat reporters Gaby Del Valle and Felipe De La Hoz focus on injecting context into the week’s most contentious and confusing immigration policy news.

Every Friday morning, we deliver an email with a full breakdown of the most significant story of the week, top-to-bottom, including historical context, legal precedent, analysis, informed predictions, and key takeaways. We’ll also dig into stories important new stories that flew under the radar, and take a look at what to expect for the week ahead.


Gaby Del Valle is an independent immigration reporter. She previously worked as an immigration reporter at VICE News; a reporter at The Goods, a Vox vertical about consumer culture, where she covered labor, wealth, and multi-level marketing companies; and as a staff writer at The Outline, where she covered power. Her work has also appeared in The Nation, The Baffler, The Daily Beast, and other publications.

Felipe De La Hoz is an independent immigration reporter who writes about immigration policy, courts, detention, and related subjects. He is a former staffer for the the investigative immigration site Documented, and his work has appeared in the Village Voice, The Daily Beast, WNYC, Gotham Gazette, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.