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Gissela SantaCruz

Editorial writer & columnist

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

Latest from Gissela SantaCruz

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.

Posted: 26 days ago

(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.
Saldaña opens up on resigning from Austin ISD board, district’s future

12:20 AM Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

This week, Paul Saldaña completed his last day as a board member of the Austin Independent School District, where he represented District 6 in Southeast Austin. During his 2 1/2 years on the board, Saldaña focused mostly on equity issues in advocating for the district’s underrepresented students. His departure leaves the...
SantaCruz: With a citizenship test, mom’s worries turn into smiles
 A recent drive to San Antonio with my mother, Alicia, was uncommonly quiet. Our visit south wasn’t a quick mother-daughter getaway meant to enjoy the city’s beautiful scenery or popular restaurants. Our mission was to get my mother to her interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — a critical step in her quest...

4:44 PM Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

A recent drive to San Antonio with my mother, Alicia, was uncommonly quiet. Our visit south wasn’t a quick mother-daughter getaway meant to enjoy the city’s beautiful scenery or popular restaurants. Our mission was to get my mother to her interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — a critical step in her quest...
Abandonar suspensiones pero hacer frente a prejuicios
 Desde hace tiempo sabemos que suspender de la escuela a los niños pequeños, aun a los que apenas están en preescolar, tiene un efecto negativo en el desempeño académico de los estudiantes. Sin embargo, en Austin, los niños menores de 10 años han sido enviados a sus casas cuando presentan comportamientos...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017

Desde hace tiempo sabemos que suspender de la escuela a los niños pequeños, aun a los que apenas están en preescolar, tiene un efecto negativo en el desempeño académico de los estudiantes. Sin embargo, en Austin, los niños menores de 10 años han sido enviados a sus casas cuando presentan comportamientos...
SXSW has something to offer for everyone — even political junkies
 I’m reconnecting with an old friend this year. After a few years of slight disconnect, we seem to once again have a lot in common. My friend — the annual South by Southwest Festival — and I go back 20 years. In our earlier years, SXSW gave me all I wanted and needed as a fan and writer of music and film. Access to new artists...

5:05 PM Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

I’m reconnecting with an old friend this year. After a few years of slight disconnect, we seem to once again have a lot in common. My friend — the annual South by Southwest Festival — and I go back 20 years. In our earlier years, SXSW gave me all I wanted and needed as a fan and writer of music and film. Access to new artists...
SantaCruz: AISD suspension ban a positive step; still needs tweaks

5:02 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

We have known for some time that suspending very young children, even those in kindergarten, affects the academic success of students. Numerous studies and experts cite such negative effects. Yet in Austin, kids younger than 10 are sent home for disruptive behavior. Thankfully, that won’t be the case much longer since the Austin Independent...
LBJ Civil Rights Summit: Long road ahead for immigration reform

3:56 AM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 8, 2014 Hope. That, in essence, is what some political leaders have for any chance of comprehensive immigration plan to pass soon in this country. Among those leaders with hope is San Antonio mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. Both spoke...
Cigarroa: ‘This has been difficult for me’

3:48 AM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 9, 2014 On Thursday, UT-Austin President Bill Powers will learn his fate. During a closed-door regents meeting, members will discuss “appropriate action” concerning the leader of the system’s flagship. The ongoing saga between Powers and the regents will certainly...
Do you agree with Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries?
 I agree with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s most recent take on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. “The Executive Order went too far,” McCaul, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said this week, writing...

5:00 AM Friday, Feb. 03, 2017

I agree with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s most recent take on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. “The Executive Order went too far,” McCaul, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said this week, writing...