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In defense of his claim, Patrick posted a statement to his Facebook and Twitter accounts that revealed that he conflated vaccination rates with the number of unvaccinated people.

The majority of U.S. residents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are white, according to available state data and survey research - contradicting Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s claim that, “in most states,” Black residents are “the biggest group” of unvaccinated people. Read more»

Maria Aldama (center, in blue), 42, reunites with family members from Mexico that she has not seen in 20 years. Aldama drove from Kansas to El Paso for a three-minute embrace with her family.

The Hugs Not Walls event put on by the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights, in partnership with the Mexican and United States governments, allows families from both sides of the river with no legal means to reunite to reconnect for a brief embrace in the middle of the Rio Grande. Read more»

A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rally and march in Seattle, Wash., on January 20, 2003.

Conservative legislators across the country are passing laws to ban books and courses that espouse critical race theory, yet what lawmakers and pundits are really saying when they urge a prohibition is that they don’t want Black people to question second-class status. Read more»

The trip will mark the second visit to the Rio Grande Valley of Trump’s presidency. He previously visited McAllen in 2019 in the midst of a partial government shutdown related to his push for border wall funding.

The trip comes in the midst of planned impeachment proceedings following a violent week at the U.S. Capitol and a week after Department of Homeland Security officials touted the “historic” completion of 450 miles of border fencing during the Trump administration. Read more»

A police cruiser and crime scene tape near the scene of the shooting.

Anger and frustration about gun laws — and president's racist language — is becoming more apparent in a city still dealing with grief from what police have said is a racially motivated massacre. Read more»

Dan Patrick, then the lieutenant governor-elect, is shown speaking to reporters at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 8, 2015.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that drug cartels are ramping up efforts as the Texas National Guard is preparing to leave the Rio Grande Valley next month. He's hoping to extend the Guard's presence in the region. Read more»

State Senator Dan Patrick at runoff election party in Houston, Tuesday May 27, 2014

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election. Read more»