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Aug 30, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
1/ Texas argued in a lawsuit it would cost more than $20 million to install A/C in a prison.

Since settling the case, that estimate has dropped to $4 million.

Texas spent $7 million on the lawsuit. trib.it/lY 2/ Before settling the lawsuit, the department conducted its own research and the cost dropped to $11 million.

That number has now dropped even further. trib.it/lY
Aug 28, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
Roy Oliver was found guilty of murder in the police shooting of Jordan Edwards.

Police officers are almost never convicted of murder.

Body cameras may have made the difference in this case.

#JordanEdwards #RoyOliver bit.ly/2LxVm8c 2/ The use of police body cameras surged after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Advocates hoped their use would increase transparency & hold officers accountable.

But studies have uncovered mixed results. trib.it/lK
Aug 27, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
1/ Here’s how it happens.

You get pulled over for speeding. You get a ticket. You can’t afford to pay. Your license is suspended.

You get pulled over again. For driving without a license, you owe more.

It keeps happening. Eventually, you go to jail.

trib.it/lp 2/ You owe more fees for driving without a license. Your surcharges add up. You still can’t afford to pay. You still can’t afford to not drive.

You keep driving. You keep ending up in jail.

You now owe thousands of dollars.

Aug 20, 2018 16 tweets 9 min read
1/ More than 300 migrant children remain separated from parents who were already deported.

This is the story of one family. Meet David Xol and his 7-year-old son, Bryon.

They were separated nearly 3 months ago. They remain apart.

NEW with @nomadagt. trib.it/l3 2/ In May, Xol and his son travelled here through Mexico in a wooden crate in the back of a tractor trailer — for three days.

They had an apple apiece.

They swallowed pills that kept them from defecating. trib.it/l3
Jul 24, 2018 16 tweets 9 min read
1/ When a guard took away this migrant’s 5-month-old baby, she protested.

“But I'm still breastfeeding him, you know.”

It doesn't matter, the guard said.

“No, but I'm breastfeeding.”

We still have to take them, the guard said.

trib.it/k9 2/ This is the story of a family of six that faced seemingly every possible hurdle under the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.

It starts in Guatemala. trib.it/k9
Jul 23, 2018 9 tweets 5 min read
1/ This is Heyli. She is a six-year-old migrant. In a video call with her mother on Friday, she was sobbing uncontrollably — rubbing her eyes and rocking back and forth.

She’s waiting to be reunited with her father. bit.ly/2LjJQSH 2/ Heyli is in an Arizona shelter, waiting to be reunited with her father, Carlos, who is in a detention center in South Texas. bit.ly/2LjJQSH
Jul 23, 2018 19 tweets 10 min read
1/ Rotten meat. Outbreaks of chickenpox. Tearful separations.

These are the conditions migrants are describing in federal custody.

trib.it/k7 2/ Migrant families passing through detention facilities have long complained of such conditions.

But new attention has been placed on these families under the administration’s practice of separating families. trib.it/k7
Jul 18, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
1/ NEW: The Trump administration has summoned immigrant infants too young to talk into court to defend themselves.

Some were of breastfeeding age.

From @KHNews: trib.it/k4 2/ These are children who need frequent touching and bonding with a parent.

They need naps every few hours.

They’re unable to speak and still learning when it’s day versus night.

Jul 18, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
1/ For the first time in a generation, there is a Democrat running for Congress in every single district in Texas. #tx2018 trib.it/k1 2/ Most of these candidates will likely lose. But many are seeing a fundraising boom. trib.it/k1
Jun 24, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ Thread: The @texastribune has learned that Central American men being detained in a privately-operated ICE facility near Houston are reportedly being offered reunification in exchange for voluntary deportation. bit.ly/2MjqJEc 2/ One detainee — speaking anonymously for fear of retaliation — said he and other asylum seekers were offered reunification for deportation. bit.ly/2MjqJEc
Jun 20, 2018 9 tweets 5 min read
1/ In mid-May, there were nearly 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children living in 32 shelters across Texas. Here’s what we know about all of the shelters — including the violations they’ve received. trib.it/ih 2/ Southwest Key Programs has received $204.5 million in federal funding so far in the 2018 budget year. Inspectors found 246 violations at the group’s 16 facilities in the last three years. trib.it/ih
Jun 18, 2018 69 tweets 46 min read
1/ Thread: Here’s everything we know about immigrant children being separated from their families. #ZeroTolerance #separatingchildren #ImmigrantChildren trib.it/hE 2/ About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border, but the actual number is likely higher. trib.it/hE
Mar 20, 2018 7 tweets 8 min read
THREAD: 1/The #AustinBombings story is a fluid situation with a lot of updates and changes. There's been some confusion around what is happening — so here's everything we know right now. #txlege #texas trib.it/8q 2/ What has happened so far? Five bombs have exploded — leaving two dead and several others injured. Here are photos from a vigil for a 17-year-old victim. #txlege #AustinBombings trib.it/8q
Mar 4, 2018 25 tweets 23 min read
1/ THREAD: Democratic early voting surged across Texas. Democratic turnout more than doubled from four years ago, while Republican turnout rose less than 15 percent. #txlege #tx2018 bit.ly/2oGK4pG 2/ 370,219 Democrats voted early in the state’s 10 counties with the highest number of registered voters compared to 282,928 Republicans. #txlege #tx2018 bit.ly/2oGK4pG
Nov 1, 2017 7 tweets 3 min read
1/ A Russian Facebook page organized a protest in Texas. Then a different Russian page launched the counter-protest. trib.it/Q 2/ Heart of Texas, a Russian-controlled Facebook group that promotes secession, planned an anti-Muslim rally in May. trib.it/Q
Oct 27, 2017 13 tweets 7 min read
1/ In Texas, renting furniture can land you in jail. We explore how with @NerdWallet: bit.ly/2lnj3bI 2/ A law written decades ago lets rental companies file criminal charges against Texans who miss payments. bit.ly/2lkxDk6