Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Finding My Place Within the Texas Myth

*The Texas myth looms large. Latinos’ place in that myth has been consistently whitewashed. This is a good, heartfelt piece. VL By Michelle Garcia, Texas Observer As a kid I learned that being Texan meant having an independent spirit, big trucks, boots and good manners. We had all of that in South Texas, but I also

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Beyond the border: Lawman’s burden

*”The way that some people die out here, nobody deserves to go through that.” – Daniel Walden, volunteer sheriff patrolling on his own time. VL A south Texas sheriff’s department with dwindling resources struggles to cope with...

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Lila Downs talks new album, says US-Mexico wall “a hurtful symbol”

By Feliciano Garcia, NBCLatino On this episode of Cafecito, we are joined by singer and songwriter Lila Downs. The fiery performer joined us during her North American tour to talk about growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico and...

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Considered Equipping Drones With Non-Lethal Weapons

By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer In the past three years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has rapidly increased its use of drones for domestic surveillance, despite growing concern from civil liberties groups. But those drones may...

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Border Startups Have a Rough Time Raising Capital

By Cincdy Casares, Texas Observer Earlier this year, when San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, many Hispanic Texans felt they had finally arrived. When Latinos overwhelmingly helped re-elect President Obama...

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Xicanosmotic Music @ the Border | Heavy Metal/Cumbia Edition

Habla Texas, Laredo-style From the textmex obsessed imagination of William A. Nericcio Gracias, gracias, gracias, to South Texas Valley artist Izel Vargas (of Pocholandia fame) for forwarding me this video from the HBO series, Habla Texas: Here’s the series...

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio Launches Own Tequila Brand

By Eresnerd, Pocho Ñews Service (PNS reporting from BOCADECACA, AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arapio is launching his own brand of tequila, Arpaio Viejo, he told random diners at Gallego’s Mexican Cafe here yesterday. “I demand high standards for my office...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Arizona To Create An “Armed Militia” Along Its Border

America for the most part has been cringing and shaking it’s head at the state of Arizona’s absurd behavior in recent years. Aside from the few advocating that we should make Arizona’s immigration policy (SB 1070) a...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

When The Drug Cartels Are The Guys Down The Street

By Wuicho Vargas Violence, I must admit, is taking over the southernmost part of Texas. Here in the Rio Grande Valley we have grown accustomed to it. Sad, but true, we seem to have turned numb to...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Is The U.S. Military Deepening Its Operations In Mexico?

By Melissa del Bosque News Wednesday evening that U.S. military officials had arrived in Matamoros went viral over Twitter and other social media sites along the Mexican border and by Thursday morning Mexicans were talking of an...

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Immigrant Arrests At Border Drop To Lowest Level Since 1970s

The number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in the past fiscal year dropped to the lowest it’s been since the 1970s. According to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security released in late November, the total number of...

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Why Cain’s Electrified Fence Is Not So Shocking

By Hector Balderas, New Mexico Senate Candidate -D An electrified fence. On the border. Designed to kill people. Along with “real guns with real bullets.” This is the immigration “plan” recently proposed by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. And...

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Violence Against Border Agents Declines, Despite War Rhetoric

By Melissa del Bosque Despite some politicians characterizing the U.S. side of the border as a war zone, statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that assaults against CBP agents and officers decreased by 13...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Like Republican Viagra

It shouldn’t have taken this long to figure out, but the angry anti-immigration rhetoric that’s been around since just after the arrival of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria apparently has a biological origin. Researchers at Johns...

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