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Home | Opinion | Op-Ed: State Senator Rodriguez talks Trump Administration, Policies and Impact
State Senator Jose Rodriguez | Photo courtesy Sen. Rodriguez office

Op-Ed: State Senator Rodriguez talks Trump Administration, Policies and Impact

As we have seen first-hand, the Trump administration has attacked immigrants on every front.

This is most evident with the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, where the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy has turned away more than 18,000 asylum seekers. They have been forced to endure lengthy delays in adjudication, difficulty communicating with their lawyers, and dangerous conditions in Mexico.

This is just one example of extreme anti-immigrant politics from an administration that began with a campaign announcement in 2015 targeting immigrants as “rapists” bringing “crime” and “drugs.” The facts demonstrate immigrants commit crimes at lesser rates than citizens, but most people aren’t likely to know that, or to understand border communities like ours. The administration’s demagoguery thereby targets all immigrants by fanning the fears of everyday Americans.

These anti-immigrant policies directly and negatively impact U.S. citizens in many ways. For example, the Trump administration attempted to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census. This was an attempt to violate Fifth Amendment rights by creating racial animus towards Latinos, non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born persons and risked violating the Voting Rights Act, as a means to impact apportionment of Congressional districts and suppress representation in communities of color.

Not only did the question attempt to reduce participation in minority or low-income communities, which have been historically hard to count, the Trump administration underfunded the typical Census preparations. This includes cancelling field tests, delaying development of the communications plan, and delaying the opening of regional offices.

In Texas, Gov. Abbott made this situation worse by not creating a statewide Complete Count Committee and providing state funding, as many other states have.

This is significant because the Census data determines how over $700 billion is distributed every year to states and local governments for critical programs, like schools, health care, roads, housing, and job training. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Texas, which received $43.4 billion, the third highest allocation based on Census-guided data. Without an accurate count, valuable services and dollars that support Texas communities like El Paso may be lost.

It is also significant because it shows there is no area of government function the administration will not seek to subvert in its zeal to suppress immigrants, primarily those of color.

Fortunately, despite the administration’s anti-American strong-arm tactics, El Paso is a resilient community. By working with partners at the U.S. Census Bureau, El Paso has created a strong “Complete Count Committee” to ensure there is full participation, and that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, as required by our Constitution. Participants of the committee include local elected officials, representatives of our different municipalities, school districts, non-profits, community leaders, and student activists.

Together, the committee leverages their knowledge and leadership positions to create and implement awareness campaigns. The committee is already taking initiative by hosting events and conducting community outreach about the Census. One of their first events, Creatives for the Count, mixes art, culture, and family, highlighting the vibrant talent of the community to make social change. It’s a thoughtful response to engage our hard-to-count populations because we all count. Regardless of whether your community has developed any Census-related programs or not, it’s never too late to engage your friends, neighbors, and community leaders in this conversation.

The result of the anti-immigrant policies, and underfunding of the Census preparation, means it will take the entire community to successfully carry out the Census. I invite everyone to attend the Creatives for the Count event to support and learn more on how you can get involved, and make sure you and your loved ones are counted.

Let’s let the federal government know, aquí estamos, we are here, y no nos vamos, and we are not leaving.

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Author – José Rodríguez represents Texas Senate District 29, which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Senator Rodríguez currently serves as the Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, and is a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture (Vice Chair), Transportation, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Water and Rural Affairs.

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  1. Clearly Rodriguez is a Communist. But obviously a moron.

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      And what are you JefFero Epstein CHILD BEATER and predator molester! trumpTURD shit breath!
      Other than a fascist NAZI white nationalist supremacist of the turd colony.
      You being a trump supporter has no morals or any descent human manners!
      You sorry ass cucaracha bug!

      • Watching too much fake news MSNBC and CNN Alberto? No wonder you are so misinformed and dumb. There is no doubt YOU are the biggest turd here.

        Happy TDS!

  2. Rodriquez is leftist scum

    • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

      Mikey is a right wingTURD ass hole!

      • Alberto is a left wing TURD ass hole!

        Alberto for prison 2019!

        • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

          JefFero Epstein also known as George Nader when he cross dresses into a NAMBLA member! Eat Shit YOU trumpTURD!
          May a pack of Chupa Cabras tear your dirty ass goat into pieces you pendejo,
          TRUMP IS GOING TO PRISON IN 2021!
          JefFero Epstein ES UNA MIERDA! pestosa….

          • Eat shit YOU BetoTURD! Beto who? Dumbasses Alberto and his buddy Beto were born to lose. LOSERS!

            Trump 2020!

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            Is that all you can say, JefFero George Nader Epstein?
            Your not smart at all! and it’s always easy to give you your daily beat downs! Ha Ha HA! PRICELESS!
            Just to expose yourself as a trumpTURD Deplorable! in BLUE COUNTY EL PASO! We laugh at you and Mad Mike!
            Two despicable undesirable drifters rejects, why don’t you and Mad Mike return back to your SHIT HOLE States?
            I bet they don’t want you there either.
            I’m hoping that Beto gets the AG job when we take over the white house.in 2021.
            So right now the both of you are at the public library using the free internet?
            You supposed to be at Fort Bliss cleaning toilets and urinal’s at the Freedom Crossing Mall! restrooms. HA HA HA, PRICELESS BEAT DOWN, I WIN ALL THE TIME!
            TRUMP IS GOING TO PRISON! IN 2021…..

          • Hey Alberto go eat a dozen TB chalupas and croak on the toilet.

            BTW – Alberto is infatuated with perverts because he is one. Birds of a feather flock together. lmao.

            Alberto Epstein for prison 2019!

  3. STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

    You DUMB ASS JefFERO George Nader! if you did some research about your republican pedophile boys!
    GOSH!!! YOU ARE ONE BIG DUMB ASS! you can’t think of your own words,so you have to copy off mine.
    CHALUPAS! you eat at Taco Bell? Ha Ha Ha Ha! ECCH! you are a cheap skate slime bag, but then again Fero goats eat anything.Including soiled discarded pampers with smelly child stool.
    I must be very familiar with the penitentiary! how much time did you serve for? Was it when they caught you and Mad Mike in Los Angles for peep and tom in boys bedroom windows.
    JefFERO Nader! the prison felon veteran.

    • Alberto is the delusional porta potty troll. He hangs out at Reese-McChord Park waiting to molest children just a few blocks from his section 8 apartment living at that dump called Ridgemar. The only REAL PERVERT in El Paso. Then eats all the rotten trash at the dumpsters. Has to feed his big fat ego with trash and keep his big fat motor mouth going. Then smokes nasty schwag weed to get his little buzz and get sleep due to his chronic insomnia. Pot turned him into a paranoid schizo.

      BTW – You are a total moron. Get real news instead of fake at MSNBC or CNN. Clearly Epstein is a Democrap and major donor to the Democrap Party. Bill Clinton is his life long buddy. Both pervert pedophiles just like YOU!

      Alberto Velarde Epstein the pedophile for prison 2019!

    • Dumbass Alberto thinks he can get tacos al carbon at TB. He eats crap. What a dolt! Alberto the LIBTURD big CHICKEN!

      Alberto for prison 2019!

  4. STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

    You know so much about Reese McChord Park! you are a predator for children and remember that you use top live at Ridgemar. And you couldn’t pay your rent. As you had many guys as roommates to help you pay your rent.
    And I know that you also have many burner phones, and you keep calling but I have you on block mode.
    Your a F”’N COWARD! a Punk that went to Bel Air High School and now moved back to your grandfathers house at Grace Place.
    You,Gee Dubb MadMike and Fero are pedophile child molesters, you are addicted to crystal meth and you have orgies with your male friends.
    Tell us that you are also a inbred? Incest is your only style PUTO! Jerry Rodol aka Fero a republican deplorable loser.
    ONE UGLY SON OF A BITCH! it’s always easy to identify you Jerry! you look like MIERDA!
    Just like your dad George Nader, with the same habit to molest young boys.
    Crystal Meth is your choice of drug because it replaces Viagra, since it’s too expensive for you to buy.
    And you know what meth is used for!

    • What a dumbass Alberto. You have me confused with someone else. I am not who you think I am. I have never met you. Never lived at that dump Ridgemar Apartments like you do. You live there ’cause it’s cheap and oriented to section 8 welfare queens like you and other low life like you. I never attended Bel Air HS either. See how much pot and other drugs burned out your brain cells. You are obviously the mentally diseased doper with psychotic delusions and episodes. I gave you the opportunity to meet at the Ft. Bliss Rod and Gun Club to resolve the mistaken identity issue but you failed to show and bring your DD214. CHICKEN!

      But you need to face reality moron. Like any of your low life friends would be conservative or vote Republican let alone support President Trump? You are all losers in life. You delusional moron!

      Alberto for prison 2019!

      Trump 2020!

  5. STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

    JefERO George Nader! denying and lying like your fat orange mushroom Donald Trump!
    I live rent free in your section 8 cobweb mind! It’s easy for you to deny who you are.
    Over at KKKVIA you use several screen names, like Watch Hawg, #LHH, Deplorable’s won, then you also use Fero Da Goat.
    You are the low life, and your invitation on me traveling to meet you at Fort Bliss is a set up!
    You don’t go to Fort Bliss, yourself, the MP’s don’t allow scum like you on base.
    Like I asked you before, since you think that you know where I live. Why don’t you come and knock on my front door? And see what that gets you and where you’ll end up! Like I said before, if you can run faster than flying whistling bullets, go right A HEAD AND MAKE MY DAY!
    I don’t provide ambulance service, or a ride to the morgue and I don’t provide body bags for John Doe toe tags cadavers. What’s with your burner phone 512 399 8372, is that your fake phone number? You’ve been calling me like a wild whore in heat!
    You are desperately horny for Penis? sorry, you are not my type, ask Mad Mike to fool around with you.Or go to Reese McCord park and stalk some young boys like you always do.
    Goes to show what type of idiot you are! you support Trump, considering that he is HIGH PROFILE and has a horrible rap sheet and bad reputation.
    You want to be like Cesar Sayoc the BOMBER from Florida, you look like Cesar Sayoc, just as F”’N UGLY!
    Did your grandfather sexually molest you? I bet he did you dumb inbred incest POS!
    TRUMP IS GOING TO PRISON AND FERO IS GOING TO FOLLOW HIM THERE!
    COMA MIERDA Fero Pedophile Goat!

    • Alberto the big fat insane CHICKEN! I’m retired military with all the benefits you don’t have loser. Alberto the section 8 welfare queen. No setup at Ft. Bliss. Just to prove you are a nobody full of his own crap. But you are too chicken to find out the truth. Also, you suffer from severe delusions thinking you know me but you really don’t. Regardless watch your 6 moron. Alberto the paranoid schizo. LOSER!

      Alberto for prison 2019!

      • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

        Whats this watch your 6! is that a threat? like I said I don’t venture to Fort Bliss,I don’t even use the VA. But you, it’s easy to fake yourself by saying that you retired from the military.
        Beside that you are BIG SISSY! so I challenge you to come knock at my front door,since you think you know where I live?
        I might give you a chance and just beat the crap out of you! maim you for trespassing and making threats against me.
        You said to you have an AR 15 assault rifle! bring it with you and I’ll shove it up your ass hole

        DONALD TRUMP! second term! OR PRISON TERM!
        JefFERO is a PSYCHOTIC WIMP! and he plays with himself.at the Reese McChord Park stroking off. In front of the public,mainly to little children.

        • See Alberto is a big chicken. Won’t put his money where his big fat mouth is. So paranoid he takes everything as threats. Always looking over his 6 since he pisses people off. Hates cops. Afraid of cops. Probably has a long rap sheet with the EPPD. Won’t leave his poor little run down apartment to go to Ft. Bliss ’cause he is so afraid. All mouth no action. Couldn’t beat the crap out of his own fat ass. CHICKEN!

          What is obviously not a fake is Alberto is a NOBODY. Section 8 welfare queen. No money or assets to his name. Doesn’t pay property taxes ’cause he doesn’t own any property in El Paso.

          His severe mental diseases including TDS. Untreated paranoid schizo.

          Happy TDS moron!

  6. Last chance Alberto to put your money where your mouth is. Ft Bliss Rod & Gun Club this Saturday at high noon. Just bring your fat ugly ass self.

    CHICKEN!

    • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

      What your making me an offer! SHOVE IT! you sorry ass PIECE OF SHIT!
      It’s you that probably won’t show up YOU BIG FAT PUTO!
      And shove all of your freaking F”’N LIES up your ass hole.
      DD 214 and all, you FAKE! LIAR!
      Anyone can claim to have a DD 214! you LIE just like Donald Trump LIES!
      TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2021!
      Put Fero back in the chicken pen.

      • Very easy to resolve Alberto. The truth will set you free. lmao. Obviously you are the only fake here. Once again last chance to put your money where your mouth is. Ft Bliss Rod & Gun Club this Saturday at high noon. Or are you just a big all mouth no action CHICKEN?

        Alberto for prison 2019!

      • CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. What happened to your buddy Mueller yesterday Alberto? It looks like his bungled testimony was an epic fail. A BIG FAT NOTHING BURGER! You know it was bad when even leftist Michael Moore said Trump won this round and the Democrats need to STFU. LMAO.

    Contrary to your psychotic delusions President Trump will win reelection in a total landslide November 2020.

    Trump 2020!

    Alberto for prison 2019!

    • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

      You watched the Mueller testimony on the propaganda deep state network of FoxTURD FAKE news Fero!
      Actually it went pretty well for the former special counsel Robert Mueller,considering that William Barr, Donald Trump’s FIXER LAWYER. Gave an order on what Robert Mueller could answer back to both congressional house committees.
      Donald Trump’s worst days are still ahead of him! NOTE! That I gave up on the IMPEACHING RHETORIC of Donald Trump? Trump is going to prison after he leaves the Swamp he created at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on January 2021!
      He wont have William Barr and Mitch McConnell to protect, cover and obstruct for him,since they to, will be gone.
      You keep talking about your so called landslide reelection in November 2020! DID YOU FORGET MY BIG BLUE WAVE PREDICTIONS OF 2018 MID TERM ELECTIONS FERO?
      40 republican congressmen GOT WASHED OUT LIKE FERO RATS!
      Not only that, WAIT FOR NOVEMBER 2020 BIG BLUE TSUNAMI Fero! Mitch the BITCH is DONE GONE!
      And Dotard Trump will be in a straight jacket hauled off to prison.
      NOTE! ‘NO EXONERATION FOR DONALD TRUMP’! By Robert Mueller!
      And John Ratcliffe and Louie Gohmert both RATS from Texas! went on a rage of rants against Robert Mueller. Remember that Robert Mueller is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and a republican. Hmm!
      Trump did not win any round, so stop fooling yourself Fero!
      Donald Trump’s days are numbered! he knows that! He’s going to send Russia S.O.S. to help sabotage
      the 2020 elections. That is why Mitch the BITCH McConnell don’t want to pass any election security bills.
      It’s his last stand at Wounded Knee! his wagons are circled,and he’s going down with Donald Trump!
      And as for Michael Moore! he didn’t do his homework! He didn’t consider what Mueller was allowed to say in his testimony SO YOU STFU ASSHOLE!
      You are the one that is PSYCHOTIC. yet you are way too stupid to realize what you are! You are like a smelly SKUNK! you don’t know that you STINK!
      And your 2019 prison theory is nothing but pure wishful thinking hog wash Fero!
      Seems like you are a former convicted felon! Disd you serve time in the BRIG? YES YOU DID!
      And your BIG FAT NOTING BURGER! is that the same SPREAD that Donald Trump puts out for visiting
      college and pro players at the SWAMP! McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, all the nasty cheap fast food garbage. NOTE HOW MANY PRO PLAYERS REFUSE TO ATTEND these cheap gatherings by Trump DOTARD?
      HOW LOW CAN THE CHEAP GROPER BASTARD GO?
      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha LMAO! HA HA HA HA HA
      BTW! you need to get off those burner phones Fero! who do you think you are, MICHAEL COHEN?
      FERO AND TRUMP FOR PRISON! IN 2020 AND 2021!

      • It’s fake news Alberto the LIBTARD. Watches too much MSNBC and CNN. Obviously you didn’t watch any of his sad testimony. Delusional much? You are a total moron Alberto. Michael Moore said STFU. At least I can beat you down in 30 words or less. All you do is rant like a psycho mad man that you are. LOSER! Enough said.

        Trump 2020!

        Alberto for prison 2019!

        BTW – CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

          You are so easy Fero! and there is more proof that I live inside your rent free section 8 skull of cobwebs! mind.
          It’s you that keeps calling with your burner phones! I have you on block call mode. Yet you keep calling as if you are a pregnant whore, asking me for child support. Or rent money to continue living rent free inside your section 8 deplorable mind.
          REMEMBER! IT’S YOU THAT IMPORTED YOURSELF TO THE EL PASO HERALD POST! from KVIA!
          Once Mad Mike told you that I was posting comments on this website!
          I guess that to you, it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! as I’ve already told you that you are ONE UGLY SON OF A BITCH! and you are not my type.
          What do care about what News TV stations I watch? for sure I don’t watch FOXTURD PROPAGANDA BRAINWASHING GARBAGE! if I did, I’d be just like you. Pestering people like flies on shit.
          You could never beat me up,even with words, and you can’t even beat yourself out of a wet paper bag.
          You DUMB ASS BABOSO!
          EDES UNA GALLINA DESPLUMADA!
          Y ZONZA!

          • So now Alberto has delusional paranoid burner phone syndrome. So funny. It confirms Alberto is a paranoid schizo.

            BTW – Area code 512 is libtardsville Austin. Probably Beto calling you to vote for him. LMAO. LOSERS!

            CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Alberto for prison 2019!

      • Too easy to rope that dope Alberto. Trump winning. Alberto losing.

        Alberto for prison 2019!

        • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

          Y QUE PUTO?

          • Callate PUTA!

            CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!

            Alberto for prison 2019!

          • STOMP OUT GOP WHITE SUPREMACY!

            CHINGA TU MADRE Fero! POLLO BLANCO!
            go give Mad Mike a RIM JOB! that’s one of your specialties.

          • Good to see I am in your head dumbass chango Alberto. Up posting at 10:30 pm to rant back? LMAO.

            CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Alberto for prison 2019!

          • Hey Alberto your burner phone is ringing. It’s your buddy Beto looking for a vote and a good time. He likes waxing cow balls. Have fun! LMAO.

            PERVERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Alberto for prison 2019!

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