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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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The Chicano Community: A View From The Texas Legislature
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Armando Gutiérrez
Arnold Gonzales
Jul 25, 1978

The Chicano Community: A view from the Texas Legislature

Armando Gutierrez interviews State Rep. Arnold Gonzales of Corpus Christi, member of the State Higher Education and Health and Welfare Committees of the Texas House. Dr. Arnold Gonzalez discusses his experience as a Texas State Representative, the bills he has introduced, and problems affecting the Chicano community. Gonzalez explains that it has been difficult working in the legislature, discusses some of bills he has introduced and cites a study which found that less 14% of the legislation they introduced actually passed. He explains the practice of compromising with Republican politicians in order to get Chicano bills passed and obtain good committee assignments. He also talks about his support for John Hill’s bid for Texas Governor and explains that although Hill is not liberal, he supports the kind of people-oriented legislation Gonzalez advocates.

Gonzalez then discusses his disappointment in the outcome of the Santos Rodriguez, where the Justice Department refused to review the case where a police officer murdered an 11-year old boy while he was in custody and for which he received only five years in prison and served only 18 months. He then expresses his support for the Carter Administration, but criticizes his efforts to remove the border patrol from INS control and out of the hands of Leonel Castillo. On the subject of immigration, he would like to see less undocumented workers cross into the U.S. because he believes they take jobs from Chicanos. He also discusses his efforts to facilitate Chicano access to higher education by creating a state program that guarantees student loans.


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