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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs ‘sanctuary cities’ bill into law

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks on the first day of the 85th Legislature on January 10, 2017. [Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune]

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on “sanctuary cities” on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.

Patrick Svitek | Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on “sanctuary cities” into law on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.

“Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a brief video address on Facebook. Abbott signed the bill without advance notice in a five-minute live broadcast on the social media site, avoiding protests a customary public signing might have drawn.

“We’re going to where most people are getting their news nowadays and talking directly to them instead of speaking through a filter,” said John Wittman, a spokesman for Abbott.

Across the state line in New Mexico, both the city of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County have adopted policies that forbid police and sheriff’s officers from inquiring about immigration status.

Texas tax system skewed, new report shows

Eric Galatas | Public News Service

In order for Texas to meet infrastructure needs and make sure schools and parks stay open, costs needs to be shared more fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report. (Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia commons.)

In order for Texas to meet infrastructure needs and make sure schools and parks stay open, costs needs to be shared more fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report. (Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia commons.)

AUSTIN, Texas – In order for Texas to meet its infrastructure and public works obligations — making sure bridges don’t collapse and schools and parks are open for business — costs need to be shared fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Brakeyshia Samms, the report’s author and state policy fellow, said the state’s current tax system misses the mark.

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.

Weather ravages border communities

Frontera NorteSur

In the last two years, Maverick County, Texas, made the list of entities rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as suffering from extreme or exceptional drought. The classification made farmers in the county on the U.S.-Mexico border eligible for extra assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

But on June 14 and 15, the world changed dramatically. In a 36-hour period, 16.65 inches of rain deluged Maverick, setting off flooding in low-income neighborhoods known as colonias and many other parts of the county.

Long struggle ahead for Medicaid expansion advocates in Texas

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

Khalil Abdullah

New America Media

Health care advocates and business groups, whose efforts failed to move Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas legislature to expand the state’s Medicaid population under the Affordable Care Act, are digging in for a protracted struggle that might extend until 2015 or beyond.

Border security and migration: A report from south Texas

The Washington Office on Latin America has issued a new report, “Border Security and Migration: A Report from South Texas.” WOLA is an organization dedicated to promoting human rights, democracy and social justice by working with partners in Latin America.

From the report:

“We found that unlike other sections of the border, the south Texas sections have seen an increase, not a decrease, in apprehensions, particularly of non-Mexican migrants; migrant deaths have dramatically increased; and there are fewer accusations of Border Patrol abuse of migrants. We also found that the Zetas criminal organization’s control over the area may be slipping and drug trafficking appears to have increased, yet these U.S. border towns are safer than they have been in decades. Lastly, in spite of the ongoing violence on the Mexican side of the border and the failure of the Mexican government to reform local and state police forces, U.S. authorities are increasingly repatriating Mexicans through this region, often making migrants easy prey for the criminal groups that operate in these border cities.”

Migrant deaths jump, Mexican consul says

Frontera NorteSur

Although unauthorized border crossings are down to 40-year lows on the United States’ southern border, the deaths of migrants trying to reach the Promised Land are on the upswing in at least one section of the region.

UTEP adds vehicle charging stations

University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso took another step toward environmental sustainability in May when it commissioned for service 10 electric vehicle charging stations on campus for students, staff, faculty and visitors.

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