RACE & IMMIGRATION

Parishioners attend a mass at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Ciudad Juárez.
Parishioners attend a mass at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Ciudad Juárez.

Did the Pope's Visit Help the Border? Depends Who You Ask.

Seven months after Pope Francis celebrated mass on the Texas-Mexico border, measuring the lasting effects of his visit is difficult. Complicating matters is an uptick in violence that has fueled concerns about whether another crime wave is on the way. 

Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015
Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015

Texas Threatens to Withdraw from Refugee Resettlement Program

As part of its fight to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation's refugee resettlement program if federal officials don't “unconditionally approve” a state plan requiring additional vetting.

 

D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016
D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016

Some Can't Find New Homes as Demolition of Public Housing Nears

With demolition set for late this year to make way for a new bridge, tenants of the D.N. Leathers housing project in Corpus Christi have until Oct. 31 to find new homes. Many are having trouble, and say they aren't getting enough help.

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.

Trump, in Houston, Blasts Clinton on Illegal Immigration

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a Saturday trip to Houston to address families of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants — and blast Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as unsympathetic to their concerns.

Texas Threatens to Withdraw from Refugee Resettlement Program

Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015
Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015

As part of its fight to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation's refugee resettlement program if federal officials don't “unconditionally approve” a state plan requiring additional vetting.

 

Some Can't Find New Homes as Demolition of Public Housing Nears

D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016
D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016

With demolition set for late this year to make way for a new bridge, tenants of the D.N. Leathers housing project in Corpus Christi have until Oct. 31 to find new homes. Many are having trouble, and say they aren't getting enough help.

Trump, in Houston, Blasts Clinton on Illegal Immigration

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a Saturday trip to Houston to address families of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants — and blast Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as unsympathetic to their concerns.

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Race Frames Discussion, Controversy Over Police Shootings

DACA Gave Thousands of Undocumented Texans Hope. Will it Survive?

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

Undocumented immigrants in Texas are taking a glass-half-full approach as a 2012 initiative that has benefited hundreds of thousands of immigrants marks its four-year anniversary. But will that optimism last after the November election?

Starbucks in Havana? Close, But No Cigar

Yasmanny Alcantara, 20, sits in front of a mural near the home of Cuban artist Jose Fuster.
Yasmanny Alcantara, 20, sits in front of a mural near the home of Cuban artist Jose Fuster.

After more than 50 years of tension, normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba is going to take a while, and businesses eager to trade with the island nation best be patient, officials say.

10 Texas School Names Honoring Confederates Have Changed. At Least 24 Haven't.

Russell Lee Elementary was named Robert E. Lee Elementary when it opened in 1939. This year, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to rename the school, making it one of 10 Texas schools that will bear new names when classes begin later this month. The banner shown above replaced art deco-style letters that spelled out "Robert E. Lee."
Russell Lee Elementary was named Robert E. Lee Elementary when it opened in 1939. This year, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to rename the school, making it one of 10 Texas schools that will bear new names when classes begin later this month. The banner shown above replaced art deco-style letters that spelled out "Robert E. Lee."

Tense debates have raged at Texas schools over the proper place of Confederate names in the public landscape. But many other districts have not considered any changes.

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Dan Patrick Again Targeting In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.
Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.

When Texas lawmakers meet next year, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is promising to again target a 2001 law that lets some undocumented immigrants pay in-state college tuition.

Austin Poised to Become First True "Sanctuary City" In Texas

Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.
Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.

With the likely election of a new Democratic sheriff in November, Austin is poised to become the first true “sanctuary city” in GOP-ruled Texas if Travis County stops cooperating with federal immigration policies.