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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 Resolutions to Watch at the Texas Democratic Convention

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5. Protection of Transgender Detainees in DHS/ICE Facilities

While there is a new facility in California where undocumented transgender women are detained, the federal government still has a long way to go in how it treats this vulnerable population.

However, transgender women who seek asylum in the U.S. by turning themselves in at the border are still routinely held in male facilities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement hasn't made any concrete plans to change that policy, according to a March Human Rights Watch report.

For Monserrath López, a transgender woman from Honduras who was beaten, kidnapped and sexually assaulted, the three-month journey north to Eagle Pass ended in a bus ride to a male detention center after four days in isolation at a Border Patrol station, according to the Human Rights Watch report.

At the detention center, López told Human Rights Watch investigators that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted, verbally harassed and denied access to hormone replacement therapy. When she reported a sexual assault, guards threatened to place her in solitary confinement. She was granted asylum in May, 2015.

This convention resolution would call on President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security to find alternative ways to house transgender immigrants.

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4. Fracking and Disposal Wells

Last year, in response to a fracking ban approved by Denton, Republican legislators crafted a bill that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law prohibiting Texas cities from outlawing fracking.

This convention resolution calls on legislators to work toward repealing the law that overturned Denton's local ordinance. The resolution also calls for more regulation of oil and gas companies through public notice requirements, stricter permitting and more info on the chemicals used in fracking, which are currently not public information.

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3. Private Prisons

This resolution is short and to the point: end the for-profit prison industry.

According to the Texas Democratic Party, the state not only has a higher rate of incarceration than any other, it also has more private prisons. 

Having for-profit prisons may serve as a motivator to incarcerate people, contributing to the state's large inmate population, according to the resolution.

However, this resolution falls short by not making any recommendations on how to end the for-profit industry in Texas.

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2. Repeal the Voter ID Law

Texas has the strictest voter ID law in the country, and attorneys for the state have battled a challenge to the legislation that is now in the hands of the Supreme Court.

A ruling could come as soon as this week on whether the law prevents voting fraud or discourages minorities from voting.

This resolution slams the law, saying it was crafted to suppress minority voter turnout, and seeks to repeal it altogether. 

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1. Trans-Pacific Partnership

What do Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton all have in common?

They all oppose President Barack Obama's signature trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

This resolution states that the deal would harm wages, hurt the environment, damage the U.S.'s human rights and cost the U.S. 500,000 jobs.

If approved, the Texas Democratic Party would officially oppose the deal while calling on the Texas Congressional Delegation to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

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