Joaquín Castro

The Source - July 8, 2014
11:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Source: Two Very Different Views On What To Do About Border Crisis

Border Patrol detention facility in the Rio Grande Valley. It was designed to hold 400 people but was holding over a thousand children at time of photograph.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Today President Obama asked for $3.7 billion to deal with large numbers of immigrants entering the country at our southern border. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and more than a 100,000 adults have crossed our southern border so far this year, already exceeding last years number with months to go.

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Border & Immigration
1:14 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Castro Critical Of Congress For Failing To Address Humanitarian Border Crisis

Congressman Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.
Credit U.S. Government

Applauding President Barack Obama’s executive order, Congressman Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said Congress has failed to address the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children now here in the state.

Obama called the surge of Central American children to the United States through Texas a "humanitarian crisis" and said he can no longer wait on Congress to pass an immigration reform bill.

The President announced he would order a shift of immigration enforcement resources from the interior of the country toward the southern border. 

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Immigration Reform
10:16 am
Wed May 21, 2014

House Will Consider Amendment To Admit DREAMers To Miltiary Academies

U.S. Rep Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.
Credit U.S. Government

Immigration reform goes to the House floor this week, and San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro has introduced an amendment to the next military budget bill that would give students with Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) status the same rights given to many international students who apply to military academies.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South

Congressman Joaquín Castro's official congressional portrait.
U.S. Government

A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.

Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.

Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.

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Fronteras Desk
9:14 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Feds Say 80 Percent Of Latinos Qualify For ACA Tax Credit

A new analysis from U.S. Health and Human Services estimates that about eight out of ten Latinos across the nation qualify for tax credits to buy a health plan through the Affordable Care Act or for Medicaid.

That means 2.5 million eligible uninsured Latinos in Texas gained access to new options for health care with the ACA -- and an additional 2.8 million in California, 400,000 in Arizona and 180,000 in New Mexico.

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott released fundraising numbers this week, leading to a bigger conversation about the cost of campaigning in Texas, which considering the size of the state and inclusion of two of the top 10 media markets is expensive to say the least. Also on this show: Marijuana in Texas, prescription drugs from Mexico, ACA navigators and Google invests in a Texas wind farm.

Release the numbers! Campaign finance in Texas

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The Source - January 8, 2014
11:34 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The Source: The Missions 'World Heritage' Status Under Threat | Freedom Of Speech Evolves

Eileen Pace TPR News

In the first segment:

In late October the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to admit Palestine as a member state. The U.S., which has long opposed recognition, promptly stopped paying dues and subsequently lost its voting rights in the organization.  

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U.S. Congress
9:34 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Castro Sees Challenges Ahead For Congress On Immigration & Farm Bill

Congressman Joaquín Castro (left) with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center) and his brother, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (right).
David Martin Davies TPR News

U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro of San Antonio said he fears the nation will not see the passage of several key bills, including comprehensive immigration reform.

Castro said despite majority support for a comprehensive immigration bill, it will be tough to get something passed on Capitol Hill because of rulemaking.

"So really the big issue is: Is the speaker (Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio) going to stick to the Hastert Rule, which says he won’t allow a piece of legislation to come to the floor unless it has the support of the majority of the majority?" Castro said.

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Government
12:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits

Congressman Joaquín Castro at a town hall meeting earlier this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.

"In Texas alone we’ve got 66,000 people who lost their benefits, 235,000 people in all who will lose their benefits midway in 2014," Castro said.

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Education For Immigrants
10:49 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, is putting pressure on Greg Abbott to explain his stance on the state's DREAM Act, a hot topic among conservatives in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro, along with a handful of state lawmakers, are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on his plans for the Texas DREAM Act.

DREAM stands for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Texas DREAM Act would allow students without documentation to pay in-state tuition.  

At the start of Abbott's campaign for governor, he was asked if he supported the Texas DREAM Act.  Abbott dodged the question at the time but later released a statement saying that he felt the law was structurally flawed and needed to be reformed.

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