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Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply.  Texas Matters is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

Texas Matters is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks directly with policymakers and newsmakers in a lively discussion designed to shed light on issues often overlooked by other media.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies also has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others, and hosted KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

Texas Matters: Commentary - Crossing Borders

Jun 12, 2015
Michel Marizco / Fronteras

Border Security was a priority for the 84th Texas Legislative Session. The lawmakers passed a budget that will spend 800 million dollars for mission. It’s not clear how the money will be spent, what results are expected and how the Department of Public Safety will be held accountable but it does fulfil political promises.

And as Commentator Yvette Benavides examines - it seems borders in Texas are not always limited to the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol

Now that it’s June, South Texas must deal with the hottest part of the year when temperatures typically soar over 100 degrees.

The heat is frequently deadly for those immigrants who hike in the South Texas desert to avoid the border patrol check point in Falfurrias in Brooks County. 

Every year the dangerous journey kills dozens of people. Some are wondering if closing the Falfurrias check point and moving it closer to the border is an option that will accomplish the same objective but also save lives.

U.S. Drought Monitor

For those who say the Texas drought is over – they need to take a look at the upper panhandle and the area around San Angelo. Water is still scarce in those areas. Bill Riley is the director of the San Angelo Water System.

David Martin Davies

As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president she is fighting against the appearance of inevitability.

However, she holds approximately 60 percent support among Democratic voters in primary polls and despite the efforts of other candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders it’s easy to assume Clinton’s nomination is a chinch. So much so that there’s been speculation for several years over her Vice Presidential running mate. Former San Antonio Mayor and HUD secretary Julian Castro is being touted as the guy at the top of that short list.

On Thursday Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in Texas on voting rights. Speaking at the historically black Texas Southern University Clinton called out Republicans, including former Governor Rick Perry, who she said have restricted voting rights. And Clinton called for the expansion of voting opportunities in America.