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Hispanic Lawmakers Like Redistricting Proposal

The House side of the US Capitol building
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The House side of the US Capitol building

New congressional maps proposedtoday by a San Antonio court will protect Hispanic influence in federal politics, according to a group of Latino state lawmakers.

A panel of three judges proposed this map today and is seeking feedback by Friday. Their proposal comes after a federal court in Washington, D.C. blocked redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-dominated state legislature.

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus held a conference call over the noon hour to provide its preliminary reaction. And it was positive.

Here’s what MALC attorney Jose Garza had to say about it during the conference call:

“Let me start by saying our analysis is very preliminary. We’ve just received from the order from the court minutes ago and started reviewing this plan very recently. I think the chairman is absolutely correct in assessing the overall analysis of the plan. We’ve always advocated that the 23rd district needs to be a real opportunity district, not just one that looks good on paper. We contested the state’s removal of the Latino population from Nueces County from a district in which it had an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. Beginning with those two things, it appears that the court plan has in fact corrected those problems. It does appear in Central Texas that we have a brand new opportunity district that begins in south Bexar County and moves up along a portion of the I-35 corridor and into Hays County and Caldwell County that will provide Latinos with an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. And it does appear that there is a district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that could very conceivably provide an opportunity for the Latino community to elect a candidate of their choice. Our initial review is a positive one. It’s certainly better than the plan adopted by the state of Texas. It’s not the optimum plan or the maximum plan. But I think there is a lot of positive that you can derive from this plan for the minority community.”

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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