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Immigration Fight Simmers Ahead of Texas GOP Convention

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  HOUSTON – Business interests here in Southeast Texas and elsewhere are working to marshal their forces ahead of what could be a bloody fight at the Republican Party of Texas convention in June over where […]

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Signs That 2014 Could Be the Year for Immigration Reform

This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government. On the first workday of 2014, there’s no doubt business leaders in Texas were pleased to see the report from the New York Times that declared US House Speaker John Boehner now supports changing the nation’s […]

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Texas is Letting Fear Decide its Fate on Immigration

Texas has an estimated 1.7 million undocumented immigrants living between the Red and Rio Grande Rivers. Houston alone is home to about 600,000 of those. Texas has a 1,200 mile border with Mexico (the longest of any state). Texas has a booming Latino population that sees almost every other issue through the lens of immigration. […]

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Two Tragedies in Different Shadows

There were two tragedies in America with high death tolls over the last week and I am taken aback by the difference in the reactions to them. One was a mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater that left 12 Americans dead. The other was a truck crash here in Texas that killed 14 undocumented […]

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Tuesday Morning Reading: Voters Guide, Ron Paul Out

The cream is in the coffee and the news is flowing this morning. Early voting is well underway and Ron Paul fans in Texas are out of luck. Just as voters in his home state go to the polls here in his home state, he’s announced he’ll stop campaigning for president. Share

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The Deadliest Place in Mexico AUDIO

The drug war in Mexico has taken a nearly indescribable toll on the people of the Juarez Valley.  Melissa del Bosque did a stellar job, though, in this incredible piece in the Texas Observer.  Share

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Border Fence Puts Texas Wildlife at Risk

It seems to be the environment and beautiful wildlife versus the way the government is handling border security in parts of South Texas.  Share

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Illegal Immigrant UT Graduate to Perry: Don’t Back Down on In-State Tuition AUDIO

I just finished an interview with a young man who was brought to Texas illegally when he was four-years-old.  Jose Torres-Don attended the University of Texas and received the in-state tuition break that has caused Gov. Perry so many headaches this past week on the presidential campaign trail.  Share

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Texas is the “Swinging Gate” for Drugs into America AUDIO

The Pentagon’s announcement that 1,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed along the US-Mexico border is underwhelming to security experts familiar with the inner workings of the Mexican drug cartels.  Share

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