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Rep. González’s HJR 11 Passes Texas House; Reauthorizes Crucial Water, Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

Thursday afternoon, the Texas House of Representatives passed Rep. Mary González’s House Joint Resolution 11, which authorizes $200 million in bonds for water and wastewater projects in economically distressed areas throughout the state.

“Water is a basic need; it is a human right,” said Rep. González. “Every community should have access to working sewage and drinking water, and continuing to fund programs like EDAP are paramount to ensuring this access does exist for all Texans.”

Currently, there are no funds left in constitutional bond issuance authority for the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP), and there is a need of over $360 million statewide for projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure.

The past and ongoing projects span the state, from East Texas, to the Panhandle, West Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley.

EDAP has filled the gap for many communities statewide, providing water and wastewater improvements to more than 400,000 Texans in rural and low-income areas since its creation in 1989 by the Texas Legislature.

“The program is absolutely imperative to the future infrastructural development of our state,” Rep. Gonzalez added.

HOPE Statement: SB4 Threatens Border Communities

Today’s actions by the Texas House of Representatives to advance SB4 have injected renewed fear into local Texas communities and should serve as a wakeup call for all Americans. SB4 represents an extreme example of “Show Me Your Papers” legislation that targets migrants, families and local communities by deputizing local law enforcement to feed an immoral deportation and immigrant detention machine.

SB4 will not make Texas or the border safer. Playing politics and coercing local police to serve as immigration enforcement officers is a direct threat to the community-based policing efforts that are vital to public safety in Texas neighborhoods. Trust between local law enforcement officers and the community is critical.

unnamed (51)When the community can count on law enforcement without the fear of being detained, deported and separated from families, we are all safer. We need to support local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to ensure community safety and protect us all from violence and danger, regardless of immigration status.

We cannot allow today’s actions to tempt us to despair and inaction. In the face efforts to divide us, we must work for a greater solidarity capable of building bridges and overcoming fear.

In the face of actions to criminalize migrants and militarize our communities, we must work for a revolution of tenderness and a country where the human dignity of all, documented and undocumented, is respected and promoted.

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Hope Border Institute (HBI) is an independent grassroots community organization working in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez-Las Cruces region, that seeks to bring the perspective of Catholic social teaching to bear on the social realities unique to our region. Through a robust program of research, reflection, leadership development, advocacy and action, HBI develops and aligns the border’s community leaders engaged in the work of justice from across the Mexico-US border to deepen solidarity across borders and transform our region.

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