Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:


DACA Decision:

Today’s decision to end the Obama-era program that’s shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation has left thousands facing an uncertain future.

It’s also prompted outrage and protests across the country.

President Trump now with an ultimatum to Congress: do something to fix the problem.

Join us at 7pm for reaction from DACA recipients and immigration attorneys who are being bombarded with questions from clients.


Congressman Joaquin Castro:

Rep. Castro called the DACA decision devastating for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in the country for years. He is also urging Congress to act.

“Over the last five years there have been many members of Congress that have been saying DACA should have been done legislatively,” Castro told Capital Tonight. “Now, here’s our chance and their chance to get that done. It’s going to be tough because it’s a six-month window but it’s doable.”

Hear Congressman Castro’s full interview on today’s DACA decision at 7pm.


Harvey Health Concerns:

The state is watching for health issues in areas ravaged by Harvey floodwaters — everything from mosquitos to bacterial infections. Governor Greg Abbott said during a briefing Tuesday morning that local spraying for mosquitoes is already underway, and state aerial spraying should start later this week.

Health officials urge anyone involved in any sort of cleanup efforts involving floodwaters to be safe. They are urging people to make sure they’re up to date on their tetanus shot and cover any cuts with bangages to stop bacterial infections.

Meanwhile, even with cleanup underway in much of the state, counties like Wharton, Brazoria, Jefferson, Orange and Newton are still* experiencing major flooding, which should subside later this week.

The governor said he has no doubt the federal government will help Texas with recovery efforts, even by sticking funding bills to other issues like the debt ceiling.

“I feel confident that Texas is going to get the resources they need from the federal government,” Abbott said. “Because of the timing of where we are in the budget cycle, it is appropriate for them to use the funding strategies they are using here in the month of September.”

More good news, Abbott said most of the state’s hospitals are back open. A handful remain closed in parts of Houston, Victoria and Corpus Christi.

At least 60 deaths have been blamed on the storm.


On the Agenda:

And the Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg joins us to go on the agenda. Hear his analysis of Gov. Abbott’s response to Hurricane Harvey and State Rep. Cindy Burkett’s decision to challenge State Sen. Bob Hall in the Republican primary.


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7pm.


Posted by Karina Kling