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David Yaffe-Bellany

David Yaffe-Bellany is a reporting fellow at the Tribune. He is a senior at Yale University, where he's pursuing a bachelor's degree in English and serves as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. He has previously reported for the New Haven Independent and the Toledo Blade, covering city politics, crime and the occasional cornhole tournament. His bylines have also appeared in the soccer magazine Howler, the sports website Deadspin and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Recent Contributions

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"Where is my son?": A migrant father was deported in May. His son is still in a Texas shelter.

David Xol and his 7-year-old son, Byron, spent three days in a wooden crate on their way to the U.S. in May. After being separated from his son at the border, Xol was sent back to a remote village in the highlands of Guatemala. He has no idea when Byron is coming home.

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Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune

"It's humiliating": Released immigrants describe life with ankle monitors

The devices are a better option than detention, but they disrupt almost every aspect of daily life, from sleeping and exercising to buying groceries and getting a job, according to more than a dozen attorneys, immigrant advocates and Central American asylum-seekers.

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REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Illegal border crossings drop for second month in a row

Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton hailed the numbers as evidence that the Trump administration’s recent crackdown at the border has deterred immigrants from trying to cross into the country illegally.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Joseph Kopser/Others provided courtesy campaigns

As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office

Across the country, hundreds of candidates with academic or professional experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have left their businesses and laboratories to compete in state legislative contests, congressional elections and even governor’s races.

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