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Austin Just Might Become The First Sanctuary City In Texas

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If the Democratic candidate for sheriff of Travis County has her way, Austin, Texas, will become the first sanctuary city in Texas.

You heard right. The deep blue pocket in arguably the most Republican state in the country is going to be taking its progressive agenda one step further. According to The Texas Tribune, one of the main issues of the 2016 Travis County sheriff’s election is whether or not to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement by detaining undocumented immigrants for pick-up by federal officials. The current sheriff of Travis County, Democrat Greg Hamilton, fully complies with ICE officials and allows for county jails to hold undocumented immigrants while they wait to be picked up for deportation.

“I just don’t think you solve the criminal justice process by deporting them,” Democratic candidate Sally Hernandez told The Texas Tribune.

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CREDIT: Credit: @SallyForSheriff / Twitter

“We talk about being progressive,” Hernandez added. “I believe we need to lead the way.”

The current race for sheriff of Travis County is between Democrat Sally Hernandez and Republican Joe Martinez. While both of the candidates are running on platforms to better the lives of undocumented immigrants in Travis County, there is a clear difference. Hernandez is in favor of adopting a complete sanctuary city status for Austin, and Martinez wants to decrease the scope of Travis County’s compliance with ICE by only detaining the worst criminals.

“How can you release somebody back into the population to do more harm,” Martinez told The Texas Tribune.

Credit: Joe Martinez for Travis County Sheriff / Facebook
CREDIT: Credit: Joe Martinez for Travis County Sheriff / Facebook

“Where is it going to stop? When you hurt or maim and kill somebody? An American citizen or another immigrant? The federal government has a job to do,” Martinez added. “Let’s let them do their job.”

You can read the full story on The Texas Tribune here.

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9 Times Bilingual People Just Have To Use Spanish


9 Times Bilingual People Just Have To Use Spanish


No matter what language you speak most of the time, there are moments when only Spanish makes sense. I mean, I don’t make the rules, I just abide by them whenever I stub my toe or see a cute puppy. Here, let me show you what I mean:

1. The tinier the animal, the more Spanish you need.

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Look at the little puppy tan lindo y bonito lo voy a comer enterito como un merenguito tan rico iiiii… See? Can’t even write about puppies in English, smh.

2. Babies can only understand Spanish. Sorry.


Because, honestly, tell me which sounds better: “Wow. Look at that chubby baby.” or “Mira ese bebitititito gordititititito”? Exactly. SQUISH!

3. Yelling out in pain is just not the same in English.

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How else am I supposed to adequately express the DEPTH and BREADTH of my pain without a “CARAJO” or “ME CAGO EN LA LECHE”? *stubs toe in Spanish*

4. And anger just doesn’t have the same “oomph” in English.

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For one, insults in Spanish are just ever so much more… descriptive. (I’ll refrain from going into detail because I don’t know your mothers.)

5. “Chisme” is simply not the same as “gossip.”


Gossip is sharing information about someone else. Chisme is an art.

6. Showing off in front of monolingual friends? Time for Spanish.

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Oh, me? Just here hablando en dos idiomas como si fuera nada.

7. Flirting in English? Lol good luck.

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There’s a world of difference between “I like you” and “te quiero.” (And yes, saying, “Hola, soy Oscar Isaac” counts as flirting.)

8. And reprimanding small children? Gotta be in Spanish.

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English just never sounds forceful and terrifying enough. Maybe that’s why it was always my mom’s language of choice to get me to behave as a kid.

9. And, of course, when your parents go into their “solamente en español” moods.

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We’ve all lived through this.

READ: When Your First Language Is Spanish, But English Has Taken Over Your Life

Do you ever find yourself breaking into Spanish at random moments?

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