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.

  • Jul 30, 2021
  • 3:23 PM

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.

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • 4:41 PM

‘Dear Greg Abbott’ Tumblr Letters from Immigrant Families Ask to Drop Obama Lawsuit

In response to a lawsuit calling for an end to President Obama’s executive action on immigration relief, Texas Governor-elect (and current state Attorney General) Greg Abbott is now receiving e-letters from immigrant families on a Tumblr page called “Dear Greg Abbott:” "Dear Greg Abbott": Immigrant families are sending e-letters asking him to end Obama lawsuit. […]

  • Dec 15, 2014
  • 1:39 PM

In Search of the ‘Latino Vote’ (OPINION)

The “Latino vote” is the Holy Grail of politics, and locking it down is more difficult than people seem to have anticipated. A breakdown of why viewing Latino voters as a monolith is a mistake.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 5:06 PM

Brownlisted: What I’ve Read, Seen and Heard This Week (OPINION)

The first of a weekly column by senior editor Hector Luis Alamo in which he gives an overview of the most interesting and important things he’s read, seen, or heard during the past week, providing his thoughts on them.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 1:47 PM

Voting for Democracy: The Midterms (A Latino USA Podcast)

Latino USA teams up with Futuro Media’s political podcast In The Thick for a special post-election roundtable discussion. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela are joined by Christian Paz, senior politics reporter for Vox, and Maya King, politics reporter for the New York Times.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 11:01 AM

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.

  • Nov 9, 2022
  • 2:51 PM

Democrats Show Surprising Strength; Control of Congress Unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of Congress hung in the balance Wednesday as Democrats showed surprising strength, defeating Republicans in a series of competitive races and defying expectations that high inflation and President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings would drag the party down.

  • Nov 9, 2022
  • 9:54 AM

Florida’s Latino Independents Lean Republican in Futuro Media Poll

After Futuro Media’s first-ever poll of Latino voters in Florida revealed high support for Gov. DeSantis and the Republican Party, Latino Rebels spoke to respondents to get a better sense of the political environment in a battleground state that is quickly becoming a crimson stronghold for the GOP.

  • Oct 27, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

US Border Patrol Sending Migrants to Offices With No Notice

Migrants released from U.S. custody while they seek asylum are being sent by Border Patrol agents without notice to offices and other places that don’t have space for them. Because the addresses appear on migrants’ paperwork, important notices may later be sent there.

  • Oct 24, 2022
  • 10:27 AM

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.

  • Oct 13, 2022
  • 3:34 PM

Sen. Luján: GOP Governors ‘Hateful’ for Bussing Migrants

Forty-five House Democrats sent a letter Friday to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the Justice Department look into a “political stunt” by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), after DeSantis took credit for sending 48 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week.

  • Sep 23, 2022
  • 4:44 PM

The Republican Stain on Hispanic Heritage Month (OPINION)

Thursday is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, four weeks of celebrating Latino contributions not just to the United States, but to the entire hemisphere. Meanwhile, Republicans have decided to treat Latinos seeking sanctuary like vermin.

  • Sep 15, 2022
  • 2:29 PM

2 Busloads of Migrants Dropped Off Near VP Harris’ Residence

Two buses of migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border were dropped off near Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in residential Washington on Thursday morning in the bitter political battle over the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

  • Sep 15, 2022
  • 10:38 AM

Florida Governor DeSantis’ Plan to Bus Cuban Migrants Red Meat for Extremists (OPINION)

The busing of migrants was always nothing more than a taxpayer-funded stunt meant as red meat to the most extremist elements of the Republican base, who DeSantis is obsessed with pandering to as he weighs a possible presidential run in 2024.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • 12:29 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

Mexico, US Presidents to Meet Amid Newly Tense Relationship

The U.S.-Mexico relationship —a straightforward tradeoff during the Trump administration, with Mexico tamping down on migration and the U.S. not pressing on other issues— has become a wide range of disagreements over trade, foreign policy, energy, and climate change.

  • Jul 11, 2022
  • 11:20 AM

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