Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents Will Be House In Southwest Texas Tent Facility

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune

By Laura RiceJune 15, 2018 6:54 am| ,

Time for the week that was in Texas politics with Alana Rocha, multimedia reporter at the Texas Tribune.

A new, temporary shelter is set to open in southwest Texas for the purpose of housing children separated from their parents after they’ve been detained at the border.

Near El Paso at the Tornillo land port of entry, government officials will move in 360 kids initially and expand from there. Children will be housed in air-conditioned tents.

In an attempt to end “two-party rule,” Johnathan Jenkins, a self-described “successful tech entrepreneur” from Euless Texas, is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. He wants to appear on the ballot in November with Democrat Beto O’Rourke and Republican Ted Cruz.  

Identifying as a member of the “indie” party, Jenkins and his political consulting firm have until next Thursday to obtain 47,000 signature to appear on the ballot. Many questions have already arisen about his financial transparency.     

In news from the Texas GOP convention in San Antonio, James Dickey will hold onto his position as party chair. His fight to stay in power may offer a preview of future fights, where Republicans may attack one another for not being sufficiently “pro-Trump.”

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.