Joaquín Castro

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Two San Antonio brothers are taking center stage as the Texas Democratic Convention gets underway in their hometown. Congressman Joaquin Castro will chair the convention. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be the keynote speaker Friday night.

In a state where Republicans control the legislature and all statewide offices, the Democrats are looking to the Castro brothers to help rebuild their state party. 

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During his final State of the Union speech, President Obama will address problems still plaguing the nation. A couple of Texas congressmen hope the President’s speech includes a number of national issues affecting the lives of Texans. 

Office of Congressman Joaquin Castro

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro last month traveled to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy regarding Japan’s investment in the U.S., and particularly in San Antonio and Texas. 

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SAN ANTONIO — Several members of Congress will visit two South Texas detention facilities that house immigrant mothers and children mostly from Central America.

Eight House Democrats next week will tour the two facilities in Karnes City and Dilley, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement opened after tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families crossed the Texas-Mexico border last summer.

The eight are among 136 House Democrats asking the government to stop holding immigrant women and children in detention.

ICE, however, says the facilities are an effective and humane way to keep families together until they appear before immigration judges seeking asylum.

Why Texas Matters, And Will Clinton Consider A VP Pick From The State?

Apr 12, 2015
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The last Democratic presidential nominee to seriously campaign in Texas in a general election was a Clinton. But it’s been nearly two decades since President Bill Clinton stormed through Fort Worth’s Sundance Square for a late-September campaign rally.  

His wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, finds a totally different Texas as she embarks on her own presidential run — a Republican-dominated state relegated to the backwater of Democratic campaign blitzes. 

National Democrats aren’t deluding themselves into thinking they have a real chance here in 2016, and Republicans are not concerned about losing the state to Clinton or anyone else. 

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