Today we fight an invisible enemy that has taken our world without notice and it does not discriminate.  Frankly, we are all at risk. We have worked aggressively to protect our citizens and our families from this unseen enemy. Now, we have learned...
About a year ago, I participated in a teleconference call with Juan Sepulveda, PBS Senior Vice President, Station Services, on the subject of keeping public broadcasting alive in the Rio Grande Valley. The call was set up by U.S. Rep....
On May 15, 1848, my ancestors and other Spanish-speaking residents living in Laredo, Texas suffered a catastrophic experience that changed their lives forever.   That’s because everyone living between the lower Rio Grande and the Nueces River (then part of...
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...
Living in the Rio Grande Valley, we know African Americans are not the only ones subjected to law enforcement abuse of authority, brutality and murder.   We do not have to learn of Gregorio Cortez, or the Pharr “Riots” to...
Dear Donald Trump, When Mexico opened its borders in 1821 allowing Anglo settlers to take advantage of free lands the US did not send Mexico its best people. In fact some of the Anglo settlers had abandoned their families and a...
There aren’t many worse places to be than in the back of an ambulance. But being in the back of an ambulance in critical condition at a congested U.S.-Mexico border crossing is surely one of those places. Worse yet,...
Daylight Saving Time is upon us (March 11th). That means almost Spring (March 20th). A time of change, a time of hope. I know, I know; my last column re Trump and Company was not too hopeful. But olive branches...
As the 2020 presidential election season heats up, the White House continues to make immigration a controversial issue. That’s because national demographics are changing in ways that make some politicians uneasy. The country’s immigrant population is growing faster than...
In “Life along the Border,” educator and writer Jovita González distinctly personalizes the character of the Vaquero. Based on her first-person interviews, it’s perhaps one of the most vivid descriptions of a unique persona, still very common in the first...

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