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“For a State that Bucks the Feds, Texas Sure Has a lot of Immigrant Checkpoints”

Through a new project, Checkpoint: America, Cato Institute found that Texas has the most Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoints in the U.S., despite resistance to any federal influence on the state.  What was initially a 25-mile interior enforcement zone was expanded to 100 miles, without any public input. Border Patrol agents at checkpoints have … Continue reading »

#TogetherJuntos Caravan Brings Hope, and Trainings, to Texas Communities

“Energetic” may not be the word one thinks of to describe traveling for several days in an RV with a dozen other people. But this is what it felt like to travel along the U.S.-Mexico border with the Texas #TogetherJuntos caravan. The #TogetherJuntos caravan was a procession of several cars and an RV brought together … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: #TogetherJuntos Caravan Builds Momentum, Continues Outreach and Trainings During Second Week

The Texas #TogetherJuntos caravan this week continued its route this week along the U.S./Mexico border and stopped by a few more cities, including Corpus Christi and Houston. The caravan has been on the road for the past two weeks, bringing local Texas communities together, teaching them about the state’s anti-immigrant law SB4, and providing residents … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with Bruce Elfant of Travis County, Texas

The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, features an interview with Bruce Elfant, the Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar for Travis County, Texas. Listen below or tune in via iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. In the news this week were more stories from the front lines of Trump’s war … Continue reading »

Trump’s DACA Rant Could Spell Trouble for Texas Republicans

Austin, TX – In a series of Twitter rants over the weekend, President Trump noted again that a DACA deal will not be happening as he continues to hold DACA-recipients hostage to his anti-immigrant agenda. As noted by Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur today, “A sizable majority of Americans, especially Democrats and independents, support giving legal status … Continue reading »

Texas Immigration Advocates Launch TogetherJuntos Caravan Along Border

A recording of today’s call can be found here El Paso, TX – On a press call today, Texas immigration advocates launched the TogetherJuntos Caravan to travel along the Texas-Mexican border. This two-week trip along the border will make multiple stops and provide an opportunity for communities to come together and fight back discriminatory policies. The … Continue reading »

Adding Question of Citizenship to Census Is Another Attack on Texas Immigrants and Will Drive Them Further Into the Shadows

Austin, TX – The U.S. Department of Commerce announced yesterday that the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question on citizenship, and combined with the implementation of the anti-immigrant law SB4, could drive immigrants in Texas further into the shadows and further from being counted in their community. As Alexa Ura and Chris Essig reported in … Continue reading »

Listen to the New America’s Voice Podcast, “A is for America” with Zenen Jaimes Perèz

***   This week we’re publishing the third episode of our new podcast, “A is for America”, with special guest Zenen Jaimes Peréz, Communications Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project. Listen below or tune in via iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. This week, Congressional Republicans once again failed to pass the … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is SB 4, Texas’ Immigration Law?

Originally published August 8, 2017 Also listen to our podcast episode on SB 4: Most of the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) — is cleared for implementation after a federal appeals court this month lifted an injunction preventing the law from being enacted while legal challenges proceed. The unanimous … Continue reading »

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