José firmly believes that the future of the Border is the future of the State (and indeed the nation). But the reality is that Border communities like El Paso have historically experienced myriad challenges, which contribute to slow growth and lack of prosperity, including inadequate funding of education, transportation, health care facilities, and job skills training and employment programs.
Many of these problems are due to neglect and inequitable state funding formulas. More recently, immigration and border security issues have led to responses by the State and Federal governments that potentially undermine civil liberties and impede commerce between Texas and Mexico, especially along the border region.
As County Attorney, José established a track record of working on border issues with the Texas Border Coalition and others to ensure that the border region has the opportunity to grow and prosper like the rest of the State. José will continue working to make the border region a thriving part of Texas.
Border News and Statements
- Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus releases a Latino/a agenda for the 84th Legislature January 26, 2015
- Optimism for the future January 12, 2015
- Sen. Rodriguez proposes principles, good data about border security December 20, 2014
- Pre-Session bill filing; follow bills as they progress December 7, 2014
- Immigration October 6, 2014
- Dispelling border negativity myths key to economic development September 18, 2014
- Cruz’s and the GOP’s big lie about the border August 21, 2014
- Capitol Education April 24, 2014
- Sen. José Rodríguez statement on the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Homeland Security hearing April 12, 2014
- Senator José Rodríguez: The border is an opportunity, not a threat February 10, 2014