Monthly Archives: July 2013

Protecting the environment: An economic necessity in Texas

A crowd gathered to watch the release of baby sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

A crowd gathered to watch the release of baby sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

John Michaelson

Public News Service | Texas

AUSTIN — Industries such as commercial fishing, shipping, and gas and oil often come to mind when thinking about the Texas Gulf Coast – but an even larger economic engine for the region is tourism.

Immigrant advocates score major legal wins

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While a comprehensive immigration reform waned in the U.S. Congress, significant developments on the immigration front occurred in the courts in July. In three back-to-back decisions, federal courts struck down state or local laws that attempted to regulate housing, employment and other matters based on a person’s immigration status.

Outrage follows migrant deaths in Arizona

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The deaths of three young men in the Arizona desert last month have prompted Mexican non-governmental organizations to renew demands for actions and changes from the Mexican and U.S. governments. In a statement signed by scores of human rights, migrant, labor, civic, and faith-based organizations, the groups demanded meaningful policy shifts at a time when current U.S. legislative proposals for tighter security amount to a “virtual state of war on the border.”

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