Thursday, May 6, 2021

Biden Choose Texas Sheriff, who Criticized Trump- era policies, for ICE Director

The White House announced that President Biden will nominate Texas Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, a critic of former President Trump’s immigration policies, to serve as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sheriff Gonzalez has a decades long career in law enforcement. He criticized the Trump administration for its stances on border and emergency management issues, […]

Latino Farmworkers are Frozen Out of Work After Texas Storm Iced their Crops

The Artic air that hit Texas last month put this season’s harvest on ice, leaving many farmworkers with no or very little work. The winter storm froze many of the region’s crops mainly the citrus on the trees and blooms that would produce next year’s crops of grapefruit, oranges, lemon, and limes. Juan Anciso, a […]

Federal Judge Deals Biden Another Blow on 100- Day Deportation Ban

A Texas federal judge, Drew Tipton, blocked President Biden’s 100- day suspension on most deportations. Judge Tipton granted a preliminary injunction that blocks the moratorium the Biden Administration announced on its first day. It’s a victory for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the 100- day pause, […]

LULAC president urges Latinas to not join the military after Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance

Domingo Garcia, the president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), said he is urging Latinas not to join the U.S. military after the disappearance of Vanessa Guillen, a U.S. soldier stationed in Texas who went missing in April. “We are asking all women, especially Latina women or their families: Do not enlist […]

Guillen family ‘believe’ missing Fort Hood soldier’s remains were found

Natalie Khawam, attorney for the family of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, said “we believe that her remains were found.” The announcement made yesterday at press conference comes hours after the U.S. Army said it found partial human remains, which have not been identified yet, during a search for the missing soldier in Texas. The […]

Latino communities lag in 2020 census response rates amid COVID pandemic

Latino communities are lagging behind in 2020 census response rates, raising fears of low participation that could limit the reach of federal programs in those areas for the next decade. The country’s most heavily Latino congressional district, California’s 40th, had a response rate of 49.5 percent as of Tuesday, compared with the state’s 60.1 percent […]

Candace Valenzuela, the Latina underdog for Texas House seat picks up momentum

The only Latina challenger for a Texas House seat in 2020 broke her district’s single-quarter fundraising record for a Democrat, surpassing a high achieved 15 years ago, according to preliminary numbers from the campaign. Candace Valenzuela, a local school board member, is facing a July runoff election against fellow Democrat Kim Olson, a retired Air […]

LULAC denounces voter suppression on Super Tuesday

The country’s oldest Latino civil rights organization denounced voter suppression incidents today in areas with large minority populations during Tuesday’s primary elections in 14 states. “Latinos have become the largest minority voting bloc in 2020, and our community is at the heart of the voting base in states like California and Texas. Yet, it is […]

Veronica Escobar to deliver Spanish-language response to State of the Union address

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) will give the Democrats’ Spanish-language response to President Trump’s State of the Union address next month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday. “Whether it’s giving a voice to Latinos across America, or helping her home town of El Paso heal after gun violence, or holding the Trump Administration accountable […]

Latino lawmakers slam Texas governor for anti-Latino and anti-immigrant language

In the wake of the El Paso domestic terror attack, lawmakers and Democrats, many of them Latino, are slamming language used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a tweet and a fundraising letter as anti-Latino and anti-immigrant. On Friday, members of the state’s El Paso legislative delegation and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus condemned Abbott’s […]