ALAMO, Texas – Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez has set up the Prosperity Task Force to address poverty in his county.

To get feedback from colonia residents, Cortez hosted a town hall meeting at a community center in Little Mexico, south Alamo. At the event, Cortez pointed out that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25 percent of Hidalgo County residents live below the poverty line.

After listening to Cortez and Hidalgo County Commissioner Eddie Cantu, colonia residents gave their opinions on issues such as housing, immigration, healthcare, education and transportation. Francisco Guajardo, CEO of The Museum of South Texas, moderated the discussion. 

Here are the wrap-up remarks of Guajardo and the colonia residents:


Editor’s Note: The above video news story is the first in a six part series on Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez’s Prosperity Task Force town hall meeting in Little Mexico.

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