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James Barragán

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Past articles by James:

Ahead of El Paso visit, Biden says U.S. will allow 30,000 migrants from four countries to enter monthly

Migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela will be allowed entry and given work permits. The administration will also expand the use of Title 42 to expel more migrants to Mexico. → Read More

More Texans give away campaign donations from Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX affiliates

Earlier this month, The Texas Tribune reported that Beto O’Rourke had given back a $1 million donation that Bankman-Fried had donated to his campaign. → Read More

Without evidence, Gov. Greg Abbott asks whether nonprofits are helping migrants enter Texas

A Fox News story described Mexican nonprofits aiding migrants, but did not allege any improper action by U.S.-based nonprofits. → Read More

Abbott, O’Rourke spar over immigration, abortion and Uvalde shooting in debate

The one-hour debate took place in Edinburg. It was the only scheduled debate between the two candidates before the November election. → Read More

Immigration, abortion and economy expected to take center stage when Abbott, O’Rourke debate Friday

The debate, the candidates’ first and likely only one before the November election, begins at 7 p.m. Central time in Edinburg. → Read More

Long the subject of rhetoric, migrants have now become props in political theater

A long-reliable political playbook of highlighting immigration in election season has been escalated by Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis. → Read More

Along the Texas-Mexico border, GOP enthusiasm mounts as Democrats defect over immigration concerns

Among voters near the Texas-Mexico border, immigration and border security are a leading cause for flipping from Democrat to Republican. → Read More

Texas Democrats see hope in Kansas abortion vote, but challenges remain

Democrats and abortion-rights supporters in Texas are energized by voters in Republican-dominated Kansas who on Tuesday resoundingly voted to keep the right to an abortion in their state constitution. → Read More

Texas program that gives out lifesaving drugs to combat opioid overdoses has been out of money for months

The state’s federally funded “More Narcan Please” program ran out of money in January, in part due to high demand. Advocates say Texas should invest more in the harm reduction effort. → Read More

Greg Abbott blames Joe Biden for migrant deaths, but the governor’s own border security efforts have fallen short

To immigration experts, the astounding loss of life illustrates just how difficult it is to stem migration into the country, even as Abbott has spent the last year pouring billions of state dollars into securing the border. → Read More

In Roe decision, Justice Clarence Thomas invites new legal challenges to contraception and same-sex marriage rights

Experts told The Texas Tribune that Thomas’ opinion signals an openness from the court to reconsidering other settled legal precedents related to rights the court has ruled are protected by the constitution. → Read More

Five takeaways from Uvalde schools police Chief Pete Arredondo’s interview with The

This week, Uvalde schools police Chief Pete Arredondo and his attorney granted an exclusive interview to The Texas Tribune to detail his version of what happened inside Robb Elementary School on May 24, when a shooter killed 21 people. → Read More

Waiting for keys, unable to break down doors: Uvalde schools police chief defends delay in confronting gunman

Criticized by law enforcement experts for slowness in taking out the shooter, Pete Arredondo described an agonizing wait for a key that would work. In an interview with The Texas Tribune, he said he hadn’t spoken out sooner because he didn’t want to compound his hometown’s grief or point blame. → Read More

Texas politicians search for solutions after another mass shooting. Experts say we’ve already found them.

In arguing over causes of the latest mass shooting, political debate often overlooks the range of incremental steps that could lessen the chances of mass killing and help address the nation’s persistent gun violence. → Read More

George P. Bush’s family name proves to be key obstacle in his race against Ken Paxton for attorney general

George P. Bush is running for attorney general as a Trump-supporting, hard-right social conservative. But voters associate his family name with the party’s moderate wing. That could hurt him in the Republican primary runoff. → Read More

Ken Paxton says he’s being sued by the state bar for misconduct over his lawsuit challenging the 2020 election

A few hours after saying he was being sued by the bar, Paxton’s office announced an investigation into the Texas Bar Foundation for “facilitating mass influx of illegal aliens.” → Read More

Texas National Guard guidance discouraging soldiers from saving drowning migrants draws scrutiny

Critics have said that a lack of guidance and equipment to perform life-saving rescues leaves soldiers dangerously unprepared to deal with a common scenario on the border while dehumanizing the migrants attempting to cross the river. → Read More

Beto O’Rourke carefully threads needle on border policy as Democrats grapple with the issue

For Democrats, especially in Texas, tackling border issues is difficult on the campaign trail as the party is not in agreement about various policies. O’Rourke has had to distance himself from President Joe Biden’s border policies, while going after Gov. Greg Abbott’s. → Read More

Beto O’Rourke knocks Biden for ending Title 42 without a plan to deal with influx of migrants

In a press conference, O’Rourke said the president should have given border communities a plan before ending a pandemic-era immigration rule that will lead to an increase in migrants. → Read More

Texas border officials worry that Greg Abbott’s order to increase vehicle inspections will hurt local economies

The governor is pushing for more border security measures, some of which he acknowledges will slow traffic across the Texas-Mexico border. → Read More