since we moved north to Texas
Found the problem.
Hispanic cultures in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico tend to view themselves as Chicano ex-pats at worst and OG conquistadores at best. Hispanic cultures in Texas recognize the "yer with us or agin us" nature of the predominant white culture. "Remember the Alamo" to Texans is "fight and die for what you think is right. To everyone else it's whites over browns.