Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Latinos in Texas to become the largest population by 2020

For many years, the prospect that Latinos would become the state’s largest population group has been a question of “when” and not “if.” With growth among the Latino population in Texas continuing to easily outpace growth among white Texans, it’s likely the state will reach that demographic milestone as soon as 2022. That’s according to […]

Tent City to be built in Texas to house Immigrant children

The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under the new “zero tolerance” policy. The Department of Health and Human Services will build a “tent city,” full of large tents, that is estimated to hold 450 beds for […]

Mexican-American Studies: The new elective course in Texas

  Mexican-American experts in Texas are protesting the name change of a recently approved high school elective course on Mexican-American studies arguing that the name represents a community’s culture and history. “This course was named for a community rather than in partnership with the community and understanding why that community identifies that way,” said Erika […]

Lupe Valdez makes history in Texas

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Texas on Tuesday, kicking off a tough race against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November’s general election. Valdez’s victory was somewhat expected, after she ran well ahead of Democratic opponent Andrew White in the nine-candidate primary in March. Her victory also broke historic barriers […]

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration for not terminating DACA.

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration over its failure to terminate the Obama-era program that provides work permits to young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. “Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) […]

Texas state leaders ask governor to join other states in suing the government over census question

Latino advocates and lawmakers called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reject the proposed census citizenship question and join other states in suing the federal government. “Texas has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country and Texas stands to lose big,” Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, said at a news conference on Wednesday, “If […]

ICE raids continue and this time 71 people were arrested in North Texas

  Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 71 people in North Texas and 18 in Oklahoma during a three-day operation. “This North Texas and Oklahoma operation removed 67 criminal aliens from our streets and our communities,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director of ERO Dallas. […]

Two Latinas might make history in Texas

The big news story out of the Texas primary: The state is virtually certain to send its first two Latinas to the U.S. House of Representatives. Experts say their victories could be used to help boost fellow Democrats in some of the state’s most competitive races. Sylvia Garcia, a Texas state senator and Veronica Escobar, […]

Despite crowded fields, record number of Latinos run for primaries

An unprecedented number of Latinos are running for office in the 2018 primaries, but crowded fields have toughened the challenge of getting elected for some candidates of color and women. Primary season kicks off with the Texas primary today and this year, Democrats stand their best chance in years for flipping the U.S. House majority. […]

Texas Federal Judge Blocks ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law

Late Wednesday, a federal judge temporarily blocked most of Texas’ tough new “sanctuary cities” law that enabled police to inquire about people’s immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. The SB 4 law, nicknamed the “show me your papers” law, has been very publicly decried by immigrants’ rights groups, however, lauded by the […]