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Immigrants have protested to keep DAPA in place, but Homeland Security officials rescinded the program last week. (Raedle/GettyImages)

DALLAS -- A decision by the Trump Administration last week is keeping hope alive for immigrants brought to Texas and the rest of the U.S. as children. But the news isn't as good for their parents. The Department of Homeland Security said it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of American

Healthcare advocates say a second version of the American Health Care Act would put even more Texans at risk of losing coverage. (SamEdwards/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Congress could vote on a new version of the GOP's American Health Care Act as early as this weekend, but a group of Texas health-care advocates is strongly opposing the bill. The proposal still makes insurance more expensive for older Americans, would strip an estimated 24 mill

A Texas lawmaker is seeking to stop schools from “lunch shaming” or stigmatizing students who cannot pay for their cafeteria meals. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is joining New Mexico, California and other states in trying to prevent "lunch shaming" of children who can't pay for their food in a school cafeteria. Often, when a student's lunch account runs out of money, they're pulled out of line and given a cold sandwich or another

Opponents of a bill to license ICE family detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City as child-care facilities contend it would further traumatize children being held there. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

AUSTIN, Texas - A bill in the Texas Legislature aims to overturn previous court rulings barring state officials from licensing federal detention centers as child-care providers. A coalition of groups is opposing House Bill 2225 and a companion Senate bill, which would allow federal Immigration and

A bill pending before the Texas Legislature would send 17-year-old offenders through the juvenile-justice system rather the adult criminal-justice system. (Popov/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is one of only a handful of states that still prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults in its criminal justice system, but state lawmakers could soon change that. A coalition of advocacy groups is backing House Bill 122, to change the age of criminal responsibility to 18, movi

Advocates are pushing Texas lawmakers to restore Medicaid funding for children with disabilities. (jarenwicklund/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Budget cuts to the Texas Medicaid program have left many of the state's poorest children with little or no access to necessary health care, according to children's advocates. They say despite calls by some in the Texas Legislature to restore funding, the current Senate budget p

Texas schools have some of the highest participation levels in the School Breakfast Program compared to other states. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

WACO, Texas -- Texas is among the top states in the country for public school participation in the national School Breakfast Program. The 2017 School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranked the Lone Star State eighth-best in the nation for the number of schools providing

Children’s advocates say all-day pre-kindergarten programs give Texas children a significant advantage when they begin school. (Children's Defense Fund-Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are aiming to convince the Texas Legislature to fund all-day pre-kindergarten classes in the 2018-2019 budget and beyond. The Children's Defense Fund-Texas and others hold a roundtable discussion in Austin Friday, to share reasons to permanently fund what

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