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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 87
         WHEREAS, The Bullock Texas State History Museum is hosting
  Reverberations of Memory, Violence, and History:  A Conference
  for the Centennial of the 1919 Canales Investigation; and
         WHEREAS, Between 1910 and 1920, during a period of racial
  conflict along the United States-Mexico border, the Texas
  Rangers were dispatched to the region, but that resulted in
  increased bloodshed; the Rangers engaged in violence and
  heavy-handed discrimination against the Tejano civilian
  population, and it is estimated that as many as 5,000 ethnic
  Mexicans were killed by the Rangers between 1914 and 1919; and
         WHEREAS, In January 1919, Texas State Representative José
  T. Canales of Brownsville, the only state legislator of Hispanic
  descent at the time, filed 19 charges of misconduct against the
  Texas Rangers and demanded a legislative investigation into the
  force's actions; after hearing two weeks of testimony, a joint
  committee of the Texas house and senate issued a report
  recommending a reorganization of the Rangers; legislation was
  subsequently passed carrying out these reforms and also
  establishing specific procedures for citizen complaints against
  Ranger wrongdoing; and
         WHEREAS, The centennial conference taking place in Austin
  on January 31 and February 1, 2019, will offer an in-depth study
  of the Canales Investigation and its broader impact and legacy;
  the gathering will feature internationally recognized scholars
  and researchers who will deliver different perspectives on the
  history of extralegal violence in the United States and who will
  explore the connections between the events of the 1910s and
  contemporary developments related to border policing; and
         WHEREAS, The 1919 Canales Investigation stands as a
  pivotal episode that helped document racial injustice in the
  United States, and all those associated with the Reverberations
  of Memory, Violence, and History conference are to be commended
  for raising awareness of the investigation and its many lasting
  implications for our state and nation; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 86th
  Legislature, hereby commemorate Reverberations of Memory,
  Violence, and History:  A Conference for the Centennial of the
  1919 Canales Investigation and extend to the participants
  sincere best wishes for a productive event.
  Rodríguez
   
   
    ________________________________ 
        President of the Senate
     
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on January 29, 2019.
   
   
    ________________________________ 
        Secretary of the Senate
   
   
    ________________________________ 
         Member, Texas Senate