Both Travis County and Austin officials praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to not include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, citing the financial security the ruling offers Texans.
Following national protests and reports of unsanitary conditions at detention centers along the southern border, President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package into law on July 1. However, some Texas activists and members of Congress said they doubt the funding will adequately improve living conditions.
Hundreds of people holding posters and banners marched through downtown Austin on July 4 to protest the Trump administration's use of detention centers along the southern border. “This is a holiday that celebrates freedom, and we couldn’t just let it happen as usual,” protest organizer Crystal Bird Caviel said.
Days before Pride Month ended, television personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner surprised Map Pesqueira, a student who identifies as a transgender man, with a $25,000 scholarship on national television.
Julián Castro spoke at a state party fundraiser Friday in downtown Austin. The former San Antonio mayor commended voters for their increased support after last week’s debate and talked about his campaign policies, touching on immigration, women’s rights and free public tuition for public universities.