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On Fronteras: Texas Latino Voter Outreach, Why Immigrants Give Up Their Citizenship

Students gathered an event put on by the National Council of La Raza in East Austin on October 13, 2016.

This week on Fronteras: 

·         The head of National Council of La Raza says in Texas, the major political parties didn’t do enough to reach Latino voters.

·         Early voting in Texas begins with long lines and people determined to have their say in the presidential election.                  

·         Immigrants have strong reasons for giving up their country’s citizenship to become Americans.

·         A day in the life of an artist activist.

·         A Fort Worth taqueria owner who rehabbed his building by hand saves it from the wrecking ball.

Advocacy Leader says Latino Voter Outreach In Texas Lacking
The head of the largest Latino advocacy group in the U.S. says both major political parties in Texas dropped the ball on Latino voter outreach this year, especially with young voters.  Janet Murguia – the president of the National Council of La Raza – says typically, the parties wait until the election is just four months away to engage voters and that’s too late.  KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports.
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Poll Shows Close Race In Texas As Early Voting Begins
The latest presidential polls are showing a surprisingly close race in Texas. A recent YouGov poll has Donald Trump with just a 3-point lead over Hillary Clinton. It’s been 40 years since Texas voted for a Democrat. And as KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports, that made opening day of early voting especially colorful.

Why Immigrants Choose To Become Americans
Why do immigrants choose to become American citizens? How do the governments of the countries who lose their citizens perceive those losses?  KUT’s Joy Diaz didn’t have to look far to gain some provocative insights.
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Artists Of Color Advocate For Funds
You can add activism to the palate of artists of color as they campaign for dollars to fund smaller arts organizations that reach out to their audiences.  Artist Carol Zou says it’s all part of a day’s work. She tells KERA’s Hady Mawajdeh what an artist activist does.
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Fort Worth Taqueria Owner Saves Building From Demolition
When is a building worth the cost of saving it?  A Fort Worth taqueria owner decided he cared about his enough to move it, complete with its concrete slab, all the way across town. KERA’s Christopher Connelly says it’s a slow process – one that’ll take days to complete – but it’s a labor of love.
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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules