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End of federal internet subsidy to impact over 81,000 El Paso households, 23M nationally

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By Adam Powell (El Paso Times) More than 81,000 households across El Paso could pay more for internet unless Congress takes action soon. The federal Affordable Connectivity Program was launched amid the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic and extended via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021 to make high-speed internet access more affordable for low-income families. The…

Rep. Veronica Escobar Approaches Immigration Reform With Hope, Promise, and Unity

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Since taking office five years ago, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar has gotten used to hearing migrants on the Texas-Mexico border being referred to in racist and xenophobic terms around Capitol Hill. To counter these mischaracterizations, Escobar has invited members of Congress to visit her hometown of El Paso, Texas. She’s brought 20 percent of the House (about 87 representatives) to her…

Bipartisan immigration plan is reform we need.

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By Dallas Morning News Editorial Congress, this one is on you … again. U.S. immigration policy has been badly broken for more than two decades. Attempts by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to craft reasonable, sweeping immigration policies stalled, then cratered under the weight of partisan opposition in Congress from the party not in the White House. Our immigration…

Bipartisan border reform isn't easy. Rep. Escobar's bill is a start.

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By Houston Chronicle Editorial Board About a hundred miles due east of El Paso, at the foot of the majestic Guadalupe Mountains, is a vast salt flat. Centuries ago, Spanish settlers along the Rio Grande near today’s El Paso organized ox trains to mine the salt and haul it back home for cooking and food preservation. (Salineros, they were called.) These days, according to the few…

El Paso Matters Op-Ed: Student loan forgiveness will benefit El Paso families

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President Biden’s decision to forgive $10,000 in student loans for individuals earning less than $125,000 and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients will be life-changing for many El Pasoans, and while we have to address the root causes of deep economic inequity, this was an important step in the right direction.

El Paso Times: $600M in federal money aimed at modernizing, reducing air pollution at Bridge of Americas

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By Julia Lucero There will be a $600 million federal investment to try and modernize the Bridge of the Americas Land Port of Entry in El Paso, a news release from U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar read. The money will be provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for site acquisition, design and construction of facilities. The law includes more than $3.4 billion…

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