New research shows the impact of Texas' controversial anti-immigrant law SB4 on the health of children and mixed-status families across the Rio Grande Valley La Unión del Pueblo Entero and our community leaders worked in partnership with Human Impact Partners,...
For 20 years, Texas has stood on the forefront of common-sense lawsuit reform aimed at ensuring our courts are used for justice, not greed. Over the years, those changes have   included reining in outrageous damage awards, court shopping and out-of-state...
On June 26, 1846, about thirty undocumented U.S. immigrants trespassing in California, plotted against Mexico.   Doing so, they set in motion what can best be described as the “Texas Plan.” That’s because they followed the principal playbook U.S. expatriates in...
Dear UTRGV Family:I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.Last month I appointed Dr. John Krouse, executive vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, to lead a Return to Campus Task Force charged with...
South Texas families were the big winners during the 2019 Legislative Session. Many laws were passed that will greatly assist them in their quality of life; two new laws will specifically protect them from potentially dangerous diseases. Unfortunately, Rio Grande...
Last week I believe I got a glimpse of God. This happened while with some people who were visiting the Rio Grande Valley. The visitors had wanted to go across the bridge into Matamoros, Mexico. They were disturbed by what...
To waive or not to waive intellectual property rights of vaccines to fight the SARSCoV2 pandemic, specially in hard-hit countries like India… that is the question.  Last May 5, U.S. President Joe Biden announced he would be backing a proposal...
Now that is has been over one month since Hurricane Harvey brought destruction and devastation to Houston and the Texas Coast, it is time to rebuild and heal. As Houston and the Texas Coast begin to recover, many questions still...
What an extraordinarily unprecedented year 2020 has been. You were with us at the beginning of this year at Pharr’s third annual State of the City as we celebrated and lauded Pharr’s continued successes, many accomplishments, and ambitious goals we...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so very much for this wonderful honor. A special thank you to my wife, Peru, and my children, Joe Douglas, Samantha, and Joshua, who are nine, eight and seven,...

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