Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on their respective campaign trails. Photos by Scott Ball.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on their respective campaign trails. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump squared off for a final time Wednesday night in a 90-minute debate in Las Vegas. It was one of their last chances to sway undecided Texans before early voting starts Monday.

Over the three debates, the candidates often touched on national issues that have ramifications for Texans. Here are five moments from the back-and-forth that highlight Texas issues.

1. Immigration and border security

In several moments during the debates, Trump called for a need to increase border security. “We have no country if we have no border.” He said multiple times that he had the endorsement of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency. The agency hasn’t endorsed Trump, but a union that represents federal immigration officers and law enforcement has endorsed the Republican nominee.

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2. Racial tensions and police shootings

At the first debate, Trump and Clinton struck contrasting tones on the racial divide facing America. Trump focused on “law and order,” while Clinton said that “we have to restore trust.”

In Texas, multiple Texas lawmakers promised to file legislation and push for reforms after the arrest and death of Sandra Bland.

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3. NAFTA

Trump promised to renegotiate or repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 22-year-old agreement that lowered trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada. But not all Texas Republicans have agreed with him. This summer, The Texas Tribune reached out to all 27 Republican members of the Texas congressional delegation; not one joined Trump’s call for renegotiating NAFTA.

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4. Syrian refugees

In the second debate, Trump called for “extreme vetting” of refugees. Regarding the Syrian refugee crisis, Clinton said “we need to do our part.” This year, Texas officially withdrew from the refugee resettlement program. Gov. Greg Abbott cited concerns with security and safety. But refugees will still likely be settled in Texas – just not through the state government.

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5. Abortion

In their final debate, Trump and Clinton sparred over abortion rights and whether the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case. Just this year, the Supreme Court overturned part of a far-reaching Texas anti-abortion law.

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Bobby Blanchard

Bobby Blanchard runs the Tribune’s social media efforts. A graduate of UT-Austin, Bobby spent his first year out of college at The Dallas Morning News as a reporting fellow, covering Texas politics and...