Gissela SantaCruz

Editorial writer & columnist

Gissela SantaCruz is an editorial writer and columnist at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Gissela SantaCruz

When will more state agency workers at HHSC get their raise?
 Mary Ramirez, a Health and Human Services employee from Houston, marches on Congress Avenue during the Texas State Employees
               Union rally at the Capitol on Wednesday April 12, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The number of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) administrators making more than $200,000 a year...

Posted: 2 days ago

Mary Ramirez, a Health and Human Services employee from Houston, marches on Congress Avenue during the Texas State Employees Union rally at the Capitol on Wednesday April 12, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The number of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) administrators making more than $200,000 a year...
Small communities affected by Harvey need our attention
 Cecilia Gutierrez looked for clothes she could salvage from her mobile home which was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
               (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The nation – perhaps the world – is aware of the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas. Many know of Houston’s ongoing
           ...

Posted: 23 days ago

Cecilia Gutierrez looked for clothes she could salvage from her mobile home which was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The nation – perhaps the world – is aware of the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas. Many know of Houston’s ongoing ...
SantaCruz: It’s time Texas required schools to teach ethnic studies
 High school ethnic studies classes like Mexican-American studies have become increasingly popular in classrooms across the country, including some in Texas. Schools that teach these courses can expect to see improved grades in low-performing students, increased graduation rates and better social outcomes, according to several studies. Yet...

Posted: 24 days ago

High school ethnic studies classes like Mexican-American studies have become increasingly popular in classrooms across the country, including some in Texas. Schools that teach these courses can expect to see improved grades in low-performing students, increased graduation rates and better social outcomes, according to several studies. Yet...
Big or small, efforts to help Harvey victims need accountability
 The University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, led by the football team and head coach Major Applewhite,
               held a Hurricane Harvey collection day.
               (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) It didn’t take long after the first images appeared of the destruction Hurricane Harvey caused for Texans...

9:11 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

The University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, led by the football team and head coach Major Applewhite, held a Hurricane Harvey collection day. (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) It didn’t take long after the first images appeared of the destruction Hurricane Harvey caused for Texans...
Travis county DA’s new family violence policy shows promise
 The Honorable Margaret Moore at the Heman Marion-Sweatt Courthouse Tuesday morning January 3, 2017. (RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN) There are myriad complex reasons why domestic violence victims stay with their abusers. In many cases, it is fear that the
            abuser will deliver on threats to hurt – or kill – the victim...

10:06 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

The Honorable Margaret Moore at the Heman Marion-Sweatt Courthouse Tuesday morning January 3, 2017. (RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN) There are myriad complex reasons why domestic violence victims stay with their abusers. In many cases, it is fear that the abuser will deliver on threats to hurt – or kill – the victim...
Payroll deduction ban would silence teachers, not save taxpayers money
 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott describes the items he wants addressed by a special legislative session during a press conference at
               the State Capitol on June 6, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott officially invited Texas legislators to head back to the pink dome July 18 for a 30-day special
      ...

5:08 PM Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott describes the items he wants addressed by a special legislative session during a press conference at the State Capitol on June 6, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott officially invited Texas legislators to head back to the pink dome July 18 for a 30-day special ...
SantaCruz: Paxton ignores immigrants’ contributions with DACA ultimatum
 Short-sighted. That sums up the recent immigration-related ultimatum presented by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterparts of nine other states to President Donald Trump and his administration. A state AG’s job is to protect the best interest of residents — in Paxton’s case, Texans — and not to provoke...

8:03 PM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

Short-sighted. That sums up the recent immigration-related ultimatum presented by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterparts of nine other states to President Donald Trump and his administration. A state AG’s job is to protect the best interest of residents — in Paxton’s case, Texans — and not to provoke...
What does a new citizen have to do to belong?
(Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN archives) After a nerve-racking, 8-month-long naturalization application process and years of legal residency, my mother is finally one of us: an American Citizen.

10:10 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

(Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN archives) After a nerve-racking, 8-month-long naturalization application process and years of legal residency, my mother is finally one of us: an American Citizen.
Reasons, voices opposing ban on sanctuary city outweighed support
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday May 1, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear soon after taking office in January 2015 that eliminating so-called sanctuary cities was one of his priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.

5:21 PM Thursday, May. 04, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday May 1, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear soon after taking office in January 2015 that eliminating so-called sanctuary cities was one of his priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.