Ruben Paquian

Ruben Paquian is an intern at the Texas Observer.

By Ruben Paquian:


Williamson County Votes to End Contract with Detention Facility Holding Separated Mothers

In the face of activist pressure, commissioners voted to end the county’s involvement in the incarceration of immigrant mothers and women at the 512-bed T. Don Hutto Detention Facility.

In a victory for immigrant advocates in a conservative, law-and-order community, the Williamson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to cut ties with a detention facility for migrant women. Commissioners voted 4-1 to terminate the county’s contract with Immigration and … Read More

Tony Diaz

What’s in a Name? Texas SBOE Tentatively Approves ‘Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies’

Ultimately, the name change was a compromise in a long, hard-fought battle over whitewashed history.

After months of back-and-forth over a hyphen, ethnic labels and what it means to be American, the State Board of Education on Wednesday voted on a name for the recently approved K-12 Mexican-American studies elective course: “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American … Read More