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In February 2018, several major newspapers published a leaked draft of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed regulations that abandon longstanding immigration policy regarding the adminstration's determination of a "public charge." These new regulations will have a significant impact on U.S. immigration policy, effectively forcing both immigrant families and children of immigrants to choose between accessing almost any kind of public benefit or staying in the country.

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“Mainstream, Not Extreme” Campaign Judged “Courageous”

Austin, TX—Texas Impact received a prestigious Best in Class award at the Religion Communicators Council's annual DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards ceremony in Atlanta on April 5, 2018. The award recognizes excellence in religious communications and public relations. It is given by the Religion Communicators Council of North America.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II (Health and Human Services) heard invited and public testimony on two interim charges this week. Legislators heard testimony on Charge 11 that includes how Texas would respond to federal changes in healthcare dollars like a Medicaid block grant. There was also much discussion on Charge 12–Medicaid cost-containment efforts particularly with regard to long-term care.

Family violence is a serious issue in Texas. According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, 1 in 3 Texans will experience domestic violence in their life.

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Texas Impact General Counsel, Joshua Houston, testified at the Senate State Affairs hearing on religious liberty this past Wednesday Februrary 21, 2018.

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The Senate Finance committee met this past Tuesday February 20th to discuss updates on Harvey recovery. The committee heard invited testimony from Chief Nim Kidd from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Pete Phillips, Director of Community Development and Reviatlization from the General Land Office, and Jerry Strickland, Director at the Office of State-Federal Relations. Here are some clips from the hearing:

Senator Taylor Calling for a Template for Disaster Relief