Next month on March 2, we recall the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836.   Although the occasion sounds significant, the date is actually a pseudo holiday in Texas. Is there a hidden story? The...
“Veneziola, or “Little Venice.” So-named the stilt houses around Lake Maracaibo, the Italian explorer/cartographer, Amerigo Vespucci, in 1499. (He also lent his name to the whole of the “Americas.”) Later, for the USA, the whole of the Caribbean became known...
AUSTIN, Texas - The President will be on live television this evening to explain why he shuttered the government - and may declare a state of emergency - over a border wall. But there is no good explanation. The federal...
As 2019 begins, the federal government remains partially shut down. Proposals are still surfacing and meetings are still being arranged, but as I write this it looks like it could go on for a while (by the time this...
On Thursday, as Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives we will immediately pass legislation to open up the government. This legislation mirrors the Republican-led effort that passed the Senate unanimously before the President shut down the government. Currently seventy-five percent of our discretionary government operations are fully...
Without a doubt the Trump presidency has made us think about our past, present, and future.  It has made us think about what brought us to this point and how to prepare for what follows.  In the field of international trade,...
During the public discussion regarding the Central America immigrant caravan, much of the rhetoric of intolerance activists was (still is) ill-informed.  For example, one of the familiar catchphrases repeated often is “Arizona’s open border with Mexico must have a...
The government of the greatest country the world has ever known, the wealthiest, most powerful nation on the planet: closed until further notice. This shutdown – hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans working without pay during the holidays, basic...
Trump is redefining who can access a green card and in so doing, prioritizing money over family unity. No matter where we come from, we all want the same things for our families – food, shelter, and a healthy environment...
For those of us with Spanish Mexican-descent origins in Texas and the Southwest, the title above is a statement of fact. The reason? The entire U.S. Southwest was once part of Mexico’s northern territories. When the U.S. took the land after...

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