James Barragan

James Barragán is a politics reporter for The Texas Tribune with a focus on accountability reporting. Prior to joining the Tribune, he worked as a statehouse reporter for The Dallas Morning News and had previous stints at the Austin American-Statesman and The Los Angeles Times. In 2021, he was a finalist for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Local Reporting for his coverage of Texas politics during COVID-19. A Southern California native, he received his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA.


Content by James Barragan

Migrants, long the focus of political rhetoric, have now become props on planes and buses

A long-reliable political playbook of highlighting immigration in election season has been escalated by Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis

September 23, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Along the Texas-Mexico border, GOP enthusiasm mounts as Democrats defect over immigration concerns

Among voters near the Texas-Mexico border, immigration and border security are a leading cause for flipping from Democrat to Republican

September 13, 2022, 9:00 PDT


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