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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Feds Empty Family Detention Centers After Texas Judge’s Ruling

*This looks like it may be the end of family immigrant detention facilities. Vl By Mark Richardson, Public News Service (1.5 minute read)  SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Federal immigration centers have begun releasing hundreds of families from detention after a Texas judge ruled the the centers cannot be licensed as child-care facilities. While the ruling had been

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

A century and a half of Latino responses to anti-Mexican politics

*Terrific read! There’re some good historic points – we’ve seen this before. VL By Raúl A. Ramos, Texas Tribune/TribTalk (4 minute read) Bad hombres, rigged elections and dangerous immigrants sound like themes from a stock campaign speech from...

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Beyond Tex-Mex: Rediscovering Texas’ 10,000-Year-Old Cuisine

*It’s not Tex-Mex, it’s Texas-Mexican – there’s a difference. The culinary roots go back 10,000 years. VL By Adan Medrano, The Texas Observer (10 minute read) Growing up, I remember my amá making corn tortillas by hand. Mom...

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Donald Trump did not win 34% of Latino vote in Texas. He won much less.

*The evidence is mounting that Donald Trump didn’t do as well as he and some analysts say he did. Texas Latinos soundly rejected his candidacy. VL By Francisco Pedraza and Bryan Wilcox-Archuleta, The Washington Post (4 minute read)...

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

From potential vice president to the political wilderness, what’s next for Julián Castro?

*What’s next for the Secretary of Housing? No real plan is a world of opportunity. VL By Jamie Lovegrove, Dallas News (65.5 minute read) WASHINGTON — Just a few short months ago, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro...

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

No crayons? Immigration bans attorneys from bringing colors to asylum seeking kids

*This is just wrong. How do you not let kids have crayons? VL By Brett Barrouquere, Houston Chronicle (1.5 minute read) Attorneys visiting clients at south Texas immigration detention center can bring many things with them. Legal briefs, notebooks,...

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Five Hispanics sue the Pasadena City Council municipal districts redesign

*MALDEF attorneys are in Pasadena, Texas, this week, starting work on this voting rights case. VL By Alvaro Ortiz, Houston Chronicle (3 minute read)  Five Hispanic residents of Pasadena (Texas) filed a lawsuit against their City Council in federal...

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Democrat Beto O’Rourke looking at a U.S. Senate campaign

*This is new. Rep. Joaquin Castro is also mentioned for a possible U.S. Senate run. Texas senator Ted Cruz is up for reelection in 2018 and Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. VL By Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune (3...

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Texas’ booming Latino population lacks clout in local politics

*We’re 38 percent of the population in Texas, but only 10 percnet of mayors and county commissioners. VL By Jeremy Schwartz and Dan Hill, Austin  American-Statesman (1 minute read)  As the Nov. 8 election nears, no single group is...

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Central American gang’s tentacles reach deep into Texas

*This is a very good, very scary read. VL By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune (7 minute read) HOUSTON — It’s the savagery that most bothers veteran police officer George Rhyne. He can’t name other gangs in Houston...

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Texans deserve the full protection of the Voting Rights Act

*Any time legendary civil rights attorney Al Kauffman has something to say I consider it worthy of publication. VL By Al Kauffman, NewsTaco (6 minute read) Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act required states with...

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

First female Hispanic flight director will be Grand Marshal for Sun Bowl Parade

*This is a big deal – not so much the parade, but the flight director thing is huge. These are her creds: “Kerrick, the flight operations directorate division chief for the flight integration division at Johnson Space...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Texas to Revisit Issue of ID’ing Migrants’ Remains Near Border

*This is somber stuff, but it’s important. There are thousands of families that have no idea of what happened to their loved ones who made the trek north in look for work. This may bring them peace...

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Mexican Candy Made by White People Only

*I love leche quemada con nuez. This history is fascinating. VL By Adán Merdrano, Adán’s Blog WHAT? The Mexican candy advertisement above is from around 1915’s -20’s. The candy shop was owned by Clyde Corrigan, according to...

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