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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Attacks Immigrants Who Made ‘Texas Miracle’ Possible

*Why you should read this: Because Latino legislators staged an epic battle in defense of sanctuary cities in Red-State Texas. Because the fight lasted until past 3am. VL The Texas Miracle would have been impossible without cheap undocumented labor. But now the Legislature is ready to kick immigrants out. By Christopher Hooks, The Texas Observer

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Border Wall Could Leave Some Americans on ‘Mexican Side’

*Why you should read this: Because people who don’t live near the border between the U.S. and Mexico typically misunderstand it. Becasue a majority of U.S. Latinos live along or near the border. VL By Nooman Merchant,...

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Laughter, fear and Trump at the Spanish-language circus

*Why you should read this: Because it’s a good story. Because it shows the Trump effect from an unexpected place – circus attendance is down because of fear of deportation. VL By Daniel Blue Tyx, The Texas...

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Meet Jolt, the Latino Organization Aiming to Shake up Texas Politics

*Why you should read this: Because turning Texas blue is key to the Democratic Party’s national agenda. Because Latinos are the front line in the in the battle to turn Texas. Because Latino youth are deeply involved...

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Texas Demographer Has Given the Same Speech for 25 Years. Is Anyone Listening?

*Why you should read this: Because of two things – one, demography is destiny; and two, as Texas goes so will the country, eventually. VL By Sam DeGrave, Texas Observer (2.5 minute read)  or nearly three decades, demographer...

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Six Texas Lawsuits Trump Could Impact (or Not) in 2017

*Why you should read this: The story may be from of Texas, but the lawsuits listed will have a national impact on voting rights, civil rights, immigration and the environment. VL By Melissa del Bosque , Naveena Sadasivam, Gus Bova, and...

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Federal Judge Rules Pasadena Infringed On Latino Voting Rights, Orders Changes

*This a recurring story. Latinos win voting rights battles only to see them regress. And we fight them again, as we should, as many times as needed. VL By Andrew Schneider, Associated Press (3 minute read)  In...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

El Paso man did not let discrimination stop him from helping UT win 1953 Cotton Bowl

*I love this story! Richard Ochoa won the 1953 Cotton Bowl MVP award. He was a University of Texas running back who ran for 108 yards in the game. Here’s what I hate about it: despite his achievement...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Texas Latino Rep to file “celebratory gunfire” bill after hit by stray bullet

*This is scary, but gunfire celebration on New Year’s Eve is not uncommon in deep South Texas. VL By Robert Inks, Texas Tribune (2.5 minute read) After being hit by a stray bullet fired into the air in...

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

A Latina is in contention to be Trump Secretary of Agriculture

*Elsa Murano, 57, is a former undersecretary of Agriculture. The Cuban-born Texan is a former President of Texas A&M University. VL By Chris Clayton, The Progressive Farmer (3 minute read)   OMAHA (DTN) — The search for...

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Survey of Texans in Congress finds little support for full border wall

*See, the closer you get to the border the less that stupid wall makes sense. VL By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune (4 minute read)  WASHINGTON — Few, if any, Texans in Congress support building a wall...

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...

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...

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