As of June 20, Texas’ 35 state-licensed shelters had permission to accommodate up to 6,423 children, according to the state health commission. With 5,705 kids living in them, that means they’re at 89% capacity.
On this week’s TribCast, Emily talks to Aman, Brandon and Cassi about the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s departure from the Texas Lege and former House Speaker Joe Straus' new PAC.
Many campaign workers of color in the state can recount harrowing experiences of block walking in predominantly white neighborhoods — a situation that could become increasingly common as some of those communities draw more competition in 2020.
Every Texas Democrat voted in support of the the $4.5 billion humanitarian aid package, which includes provisions to help migrant children. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd was the only Texas Republican to buck his party and support the measure.
Government agencies are grappling to respond to the number of immigrants coming into the country. Many tax-funded shelters housing immigrants are overcrowded, and there are reports some have substandard living conditions. We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help.