I'll make this separate from my Tejano/Spanish thread... but understanding what Spanish Texas was like goes a long way to understanding why Hispanic Texans and their Anglo-White neighbors are functionally indistinguishable and have identical politics.
San Antonio and the Valley region are the "oldest" continually-inhabited parts of the state. Mexico didn't exist as a country for very long before Texas broke away from it. When the border was laid, all the towns you see on Google Maps were already there.
There were still towns in TX up until the mid 1990s including one in Arizona where the local population literally did not respect the international border. La tienda (store) is on the MX side, the town bank on the other.
The TX Hispanic voting shift going on away from Democrats lies on these foundations:

- Tejanos working in job sectors that "trend Trump": contractors, self-employed, oil and gas, transport, fishing, etc.

- Identity politics rubs South Texans the wrong way (it's really gross)
In the RGV region especially, Trump's anti-China stance made logistics workers REALLY pro-Trump. The entire region depends on Mexico interaction.

Less China means More Mexico = And More Mexico means growth and prosperity for the Rio Grande Valley.
Identity politics in South Texas politics is a very old game--long before there were Progressives of this generation or the Prohibition variety.

Tejanos see themselves as white and the same as Anglos. Forget the La Raza shit you hear from the Castro brothers.
Intermarriage in TX has been a thing for a long time between Tejanos/Anglos, naturally a political demographic effect took place: monotony.

That "whiteness is going away" dream some SJWs have is met with the reality of "Brown Republicans", because lol identity politics is dumb.
If you live inside South Texas your politics is driven more by issues and platforms like the 2010s never even happened. San Antonio got an influx of white-libs on the North and West sides of town who are identity-politics drive, but Tejanos tend to compare issues more.
South Texas style Tejeno pols tends to trend on the liberal side (they're not entirely anti-tax, Ann Richards got lots of R votes).

But if you beam-down somebody like Wendy Davis (Abortion Barbie), masses of Tejanos that go to mass on Sunday will show up and vote against you.
What's the Number 1 issue in the Valley?

The border chaos. The border chaos is the biggest crime problem locally in all the border towns. Cities like Del Rio suddenly have 4,000+ magical homeless people appear in the middle of the night, and drug runners, and homicides.
There is a MASSIVE disconnect between the Tejanos earning a living in the border cities in RGV with the border chaos and Democrat responses to it from Washington.

Tejanos were never immigrants---ever. This population pre-exists the Republic of Texas.
There are also post-Republic Tejanos who naturalized ages ago but today's generation is 2rd generation or order.

On the whole they are also no different than original Tejanos.

Every time they have been polled, the results always come back: 80% pro-border control.
Tejanos that are my age on up also have a clear picture in their mind of the downward spiral the US/MX border has been through.

There were never these huge mass caravans and BCS was less cumbersome than security at a parking garage. Most of the migrants were Mexican then.
Today almost none of the people attempting to cross illegally and hiring coyotes are Mexican.

Why would Mexicans want to cross? The job ads in MX career sites are filled with open positions in Tamaulipas. Monterrey, MX just built a 1,000 foot tall skyscraper during COVID.
A company I used to work with has 20 positions they are trying to fill right now in Veracruz and are doing hiring bonuses to get people to relocate. The Mexican logistics companies can't build new facilities fast enough and demand for electricity has gone way up.
The economic picture of the explosive growth and decline of agra in the region is best exemplified by what's going on with the cartelas. Reynosa, MX is the key border town for industrial production and a huge effort has been put in to keep the gangs and cartelas out of there.
It used to be just Matamoros, MX was the "dangerous" place. Then Juarez, MX fell to the crime, corruption and cartela activity. Then it spread to Nuevo Laredo. Then the interior of Mexico. Then the border fencing got higher and more Border Patrol checkpoints appeared.
Then the cartelas armed with more money and more weapons basically replaced the local government, taking over farms, owning people.

This helped scare investment out of Mexico, causing economic decline, which impacted the Rio Grade Valley as agriculture employment shrank.
The only realistic way to push the cartelas away from the US/MX border is to industrialize the border, invest in Mexico, and by doing that, South Texas heavily benefits from it--and it does boost USA employment that way.

Homebuilding activity is high in the RGV right now.
It's in Republican interests, not just Texas's interest, to re-pivot the Supply Chain story not just around Biden's failings with China which is easy-sauce... but to restart Trump's approach to trade which was to incentivize companies to pivot manufacturing to Latin America.
The TX/MX border region is also the critical region that will keep Texas a red state far into the future. It has none of the employers present that hire white-progressive liberals, and its current economic production profile disfavors Democrats long-term.

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Let's do Spanish myths and facts. I'm a pro at this, and don't worry, I'll tweet it out in English. We'll do Texas because it's the state that has the most economic interest in continuing to speak Spanish.
The lion's share of USA/MX economic interaction occurs through Texas. Not California, Arizona or New Mexico. Mexico is the world's largest Spanish-speaking country by population count and it basically sets the rules worldwide in conducting business in Spanish.
Thanks to NAFTA and some other treaties, US-companies no longer need to set up complex ownership schemes to maintain a Mexican department inside the company. US-employees can often be assigned to work out of Mexican offices and sometimes vice-versa.
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