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The Justice System in Texas Is Failing Victims of Crime and Their Families (OPINION)

A personal account about the murder of a young Latino man in Texas and the failure of the local court system to provide justice to his loved ones.

  • Aug 25, 2022
  • 3:43 PM

Family Still Searching for Salvadoran Mother Who Disappeared at Texas Border

Ana Guadalupe Robles last spoke to loved ones on June 10. Three days later, they received a photo supposedly showing the 29-year-old Salvadoran nurse and mother lying dead in the Texas desert. But more than two months later and still no body, friends and family members are left with questions.

  • Aug 24, 2022
  • 1:18 PM

LULAC Blocks Takeover by Pro-Statehood Puerto Ricans, Suspends CEO

Domingo García, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told Latino Rebels that CEO Sindy Benavides has been “temporarily suspended pending an investigation by the personnel committee of LULAC.”

  • Aug 9, 2022
  • 5:35 PM

From the Pulga to the Polls: Latina Looks to Keep South Texas District Blue

Born in McAllen and practically raised at her family’s flea market in the Rio Grande Valley, Michelle Vallejo is focused on defending Texas’ 15th congressional district from being flipped by her Trump-backed Republican opponent.

  • Aug 4, 2022
  • 11:00 AM

Two Indicted in Tractor-Trailer Case That Left 53 Migrants Dead

Two men, both of Pasadena, Texas, were indicted Wednesday in the case of a hot, airless tractor-trailer rig found last month with 53 dead or dying migrants in San Antonio, officials said.

  • Jul 21, 2022
  • 10:57 AM

‘Miss Frijoles’: Blogger Paid by Latino Democrat Aims Slurs at Latina Opponent in Texas

A political blogger paid by Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez to run campaign ads has aimed racially charged insults at Gonzalez’s Republican opponent, Rep. Mayra Flores, including “Miss Frijoles” and “Princess Pozole.”

  • Jul 20, 2022
  • 6:14 PM

Frequent Lockdowns May Have Contributed to Uvalde Tragedy

The new findings that a culture of lockdowns in Uvalde played some role in the failures on May 24 reflects how one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history intersected with immigration policies and thousands of Border Patrol agents, National Guard members, and state police assigned to apprehend migrants and stop drug traffickers.

  • Jul 20, 2022
  • 11:29 AM

Texas State Police Launch Internal Review of Uvalde Response

Two months after the Uvalde school massacre, Texas state police on Monday announced an internal review into the actions of dozens of troopers who were at Robb Elementary during 73 minutes of bewildering inaction by law enforcement as a gunman slaughtered 19 children and two teachers.

  • Jul 19, 2022
  • 12:34 PM

Extreme Heat Threatens Latino Residents in Texas

As high temperatures threaten to leave Texans without power to cool their homes, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates a grid carrying about 90 percent of the state’s power load, has asked residents to turn up their thermostats and reduce their use of major appliances from 2 to 8 p.m. to avoid outages.

  • Jul 15, 2022
  • 5:55 PM

Texas Hospitals Delaying Care Over Abortion Ban, Letter Says

Some hospitals in Texas have reportedly refused to treat patients with major pregnancy complications for fear of violating the state’s abortion ban, the Texas Medical Association said in a letter this week.

  • Jul 15, 2022
  • 11:29 AM

First Lady Biden Blasted, Defended for ‘Taco’ Comparison

First Lady Jill Biden apologized Tuesday morning for calling Latinos “as unique” as breakfast tacos during her speech at a conference in San Antonio, Texas held by UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization.

  • Jul 12, 2022
  • 1:36 PM

Interview With ​Christopher Carmona (A Latino Book Review Podcast)

The Latino Book Review speaks with Christopher Carmona, author, poet, and interim director of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, about his work, superheroes, the bloody history of the Texas Rangers, and more.​

  • Jul 11, 2022
  • 4:34 PM

Report Finds Use of ‘Unnecessary’ Force by Border Patrol Agents at Rio Grande

U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback engaged in “unnecessary use of force” against non-threatening Haitian immigrants but didn’t whip any with their reins “intentionally or otherwise,” according to a federal investigation of chaotic scenes along the Texas-Mexico border last fall that sparked widespread condemnation.

  • Jul 8, 2022
  • 3:11 PM

Texas Governor Authorizes State Forces to Return Migrants to Border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday authorized state forces to apprehend and transport migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border, claiming the enforcement powers of federal agents and pushing the legal boundaries of the Republican’s escalating efforts to curb the rising number of crossings.

  • Jul 7, 2022
  • 5:46 PM

Report: Justice Department Investigating Texas’ Border Mission

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating potential civil rights violations in Texas’ multibillion-dollar border security mission that has given the National Guard arrest powers and seen state authorities bus migrants to Washington, D.C., according to public records.

  • Jul 7, 2022
  • 11:29 AM

Texas Officials ID All But 6 of 53 Migrant Truck Victims

All but six of the 53 migrants found dead or dying in a tractor-trailer in Texas last week have been identified, officials said Wednesday. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said 22 of the dead were from Mexico, 19 were from Guatemala and six were from Honduras.

  • Jul 6, 2022
  • 3:17 PM

Slow Effort to ID San Antonio Migrant Dead; Toll Rises to 53

More than a day after the discovery of a stifling trailer in San Antonio where dozens of migrants died after being abandoned in the sweltering heat, few identities of the victims have been made public, illustrating the challenges authorities face in tracing people who cross borders clandestinely.

  • Jun 29, 2022
  • 2:24 PM

Mayra Flores Becomes First Mexican-Born Woman Sworn Into Congress

Rep. Mayra Nohemi Flores (R-TX) was sworn in Tuesday to serve in the House seat vacated by former Rep. Filamon Vela (D-TX), who resigned to become a lobbyist. An immigrant from Tamaulipas, she is the first woman born in Mexico to become a member of the U.S. Congress.

  • Jun 22, 2022
  • 5:33 PM

Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar Declared Winner in Texas Recount

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A recount in Texas affirmed Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar as the winner Tuesday of his primary race against progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros, who had trailed by fewer than 200 votes following a runoff in May.

  • Jun 22, 2022
  • 8:10 AM

South Texas Democratic Races Take Another Turn, With Calls of Victories and Recounts

On Monday afternoon, the Texas Democratic Party canvassed its primary runoff results, and the latest has South Texas progressive Michelle Vallejo leading opponent Ruben Ramirez by 30 votes in the 15th Congressional District, while in the South Texas 28th Congressional District, incumbent moderate Rep. Henry Cuellar leads progressive Jessica Cisneros by 281 votes.

  • Jun 6, 2022
  • 6:54 PM

Cuellar, Cisneros Runoff in Texas Too Close to Call

The Texas primary runoff between Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and his progressive challenger, Jessica Cisneros, was too close to call Wednesday, more than a week after the election.

  • Jun 2, 2022
  • 12:19 PM

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