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After Backlash, Abbott Expresses Regret After Labeling Shooting Victims ‘Illegal Immigrants’
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed regret Monday after facing intense criticism for labeling all the victims of the Cleveland, Texas shooting rampage on Friday as “illegal immigrants,” even though it appears at least one of them was not undocumented.
Supreme Court Wrestles Over Biden’s Immigration Enforcement Policy
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the Biden administration has the right to decide which undocumented immigrants federal agents should prioritize for deportation.
Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo Wins Tight Race for Reelection
GOP donors spent millions to unseat Hidalgo, a Democrat who leads the state’s most populous county, and take back a seat they lost four years ago. Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer conceded the race Wednesday morning.
Texas Republican Mayra Flores Rejected From All-Democratic Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) cried foul Wednesday after getting rejected from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the most influential Latino group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, whose bylaws explicitly block Republicans from joining due to major policy differences between members in the past.
US to Begin Turning Many Venezuelan Migrants Back to Mexico
The Biden administration is also creating a pathway to allow “qualified” Venezuelans into the country. Venezuelans have been fleeing their home country in record numbers, and the number crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has surged.
Texas Reduces Black and Hispanic Majority Congressional Districts in Proposed Map, Despite People of Color Fueling Population Growth
The proposed congressional map also increases the number of districts where Trump would have had a majority of voters over Biden in 2020 and protects Republican incumbents who might have been vulnerable by packing their districts with more Trump voters.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s Border Security Initiative Rolls Out With Confusion, Missteps and a Whole Lot of State Troopers in Val Verde County
The governor’s decision to go all in on border security is evolving rapidly, and many of those on the ground don’t know how it’s going to work.
As Texas Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility, Racial Disparities Persist Among Black, Hispanic Residents
White Texans are being vaccinated at nearly twice the rate of Hispanic Texans and more than six times the rate of Black Texans, according to state data.
A Texas Lender Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic. Now the Feds Are Investigating.
A federal consumer watchdog agency has launched an investigation into a company that aggressively sued thousands of Latino borrowers in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic while depicting itself as a financial ally of the community.
Texans Blindsided by Massive Electric Bills Await Details of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Promised Relief
Electric bills are likely to rise for everyone, experts and consumer advocates say, but some Texans on variable rate contracts have been hit with immediate, massive price spikes. Lawmakers and the governor have promised to help, but haven’t said how.
Already Hit Hard by Pandemic, Black and Hispanic Communities Suffer the Blows of an Unforgiving Winter Storm
Texans of color, disproportionately devastated by death and unemployment during the last year, tend to live in neighborhoods with older homes, more vulnerable pipes and fewer food options. That’s made it harder to withstand the cold temperatures and power outages.
Texas Power Outages: Nearly Half the State Experiencing Water Disruptions as Power Grid Operator Says It’s Making Progress
The Texas Tribune is tracking the fallout from the massive winter storm in Texas, which has brought widespread power outages and transportation problems.
“We’re in It Alone:” Power Outages Leave Millions of Texans Desperate for Heat and Safety
Texas residents said the storm —and ensuing partial collapse of the state’s power system— sapped what mental reserves they had left after eleven months of a global health crisis that has cost thousands of jobs and claimed more than 40,000 lives in the state.
Winter Storm in Texas: At Least 10 Deaths Linked to Statewide Disaster
At least 10 people have died in weather-related incidents across the Houston area, the Houston Chronicle reported earlier today.
Rolling Power Blackouts in Effect Across Texas as Massive Winter Storm Drives Demand for Electricity
The state’s power grid operator said the blackouts will last at least through Monday morning.
What You Need to Know About Texas Latino Voters and Nonvoters
Cecilia Ballí and two colleagues spoke to 100 Texas Latinos to better understand what drives civic engagement and whom they prefer as candidates.
Donald Trump Made Inroads in South Texas This Year: These Voters Explain Why
Voters in the historically Democratic stronghold of South Texas are left wondering whether this was simply a strange election during an unusual year or a sign of a profound political realignment in the region.
In Democrats’ Bid to Flip Texas, Maximizing the Latino Vote Is Key
Joe Biden is not faring as well among Latino voters in the polls as Hillary Clinton did in 2016. But Democrats in Texas are working to motivate the key voting bloc.
As Congress Weighs a New Coronavirus Aid Bill, Will US Citizens From Mixed-Status Families Get Left Out Again?
U.S. citizens who have undocumented family members were barred from receiving stimulus checks earlier this year. They’re hoping that Congress doesn’t leave them out again.
Conservative Think Tank Leader Says Schools Should Reopen Since Most Texans Dying From COVID-19 Are Elderly or Hispanic
In an interview, Vance Ginn said the intention of his Twitter thread was to outline the more thorough data provided by the state. He also said his tweet with a GIF was “woefully taken out of context out of bad faith.”
Undocumented Immigrants Behind on Their Rent Are Self-Evicting Across Texas
Without money to pay rent, facing pressures from landlords and afraid of courts, people without legal immigration status have limited options.