Young People Adapt To A Changing Life At The Texas-Mexico Border

Along the dry, rocky desert of El Paso, Texas, a brown fence stretches for miles. The fence marks the southern U.S. border that separates El Paso from its Mexican sister city, Juarez. Twenty-two-year-old Antonio Villaseñor-Baca was born and raised in El Paso. His hometown is part of a huge "borderplex," where three cities — El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, N.M.; and Juarez, Mexico — converge. Villaseñor-Baca has an uncle in Juarez, and while growing up, his dad would take him back and forth over...

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Denied Asylum, But Terrified To Return Home

In May, Lourdes walked across the bridge from Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and requested asylum. The first step is an interview with an asylum officer. "I told him that I have the evidence on me," Lourdes said, through an interpreter. She told the asylum officer about the scar on her arm, and the four missing fingers on her left hand — all evidence, she says, of a brutal attack by a gang in her native Honduras. But the asylum officer rejected her claim. "I don't know what happened," Lourdes said...

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5 Facts To Know About Migrant Family Reunification

Jul 20, 2018

A federal court in San Diego has given the government until July 26 to reunite thousands of children with their parents. It has been a chaotic, much disputed process, but a process that is undeniably underway. Here are five questions about family reunification answered:

1. When did family separations start?

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Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night at the NAACP Convention in San Antonio, as the group wrapped up its annual gathering.

 


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Several families divided by the Trump administration's family separation policies have reunited in San Antonio before beginning the next stage of their journey.


Tall, dreadlocked Josh Scheper knew he was out of place as he surveyed the scene at a Santa Ana, Calif., parking lot on a Sunday morning this past April. And the 46-year-old loved it.

Hundreds of people waited in line at stalls for vegan food, but few people looked like the Los Angeles resident. Nearly everyone in the crowd was young and Latino, as were the chefs. The food on sale was Mexican — but not hippie-dippy cafe standbys like cauliflower tacos, or tempeh-stuffed burritos. Instead, chefs reimagined meaty classics that were honest-to-goodness bueno.

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A 2014 Department of State Health Services report found almost three-quarters of Texas counties had no psychiatrists at all. That means Texans seeking mental health in these mostly rural areas often have to drive hours to an appointment – if they can get one at all. But a new program in Midland could offer at least a partial fix.

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The audio above is an extended version of an interview with Texas A&M Chancellor, John Sharp that aired on Texas Standard today. In it, Sharp addresses the university’s management of Los Alamos National Lab, pay for college administrators, and student loan debt, among other topics.

The national weapons lab that gave the world the atomic bomb will soon be under the management of the Texas A&M University System, and its partners. The annual contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory is worth $2.5 billion. The New Mexico facility is the country's top center for nuclear research, and A&M takes over with its partners after its previous managers made some security missteps.

The Trump administration faces the same challenge as its predecessors: how to ensure the tens of thousands of unauthorized immigrant families who are apprehended each year show up for their immigration hearings. Trump wants to lock more of them up. Immigrant advocates want him to expand alternatives to detention, which are already widely in use.

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Texas, Florida and California are the only states in the country which require law enforcement to report deaths while in police custody. All incidents, including officer-involved shootings, medical deaths and suicides are expected to be submitted.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson speaks at an opening session of the civil right organization's annual convention in San Antonio July 16, 2018.
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Thousands of people from across the country are in downtown San Antonio this week for the annual convention of the NAACP.

The 109th gathering of the civil rights organization is focused on voting and civic engagement, with a theme of “Defeat Hate. Vote."

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About 250 airmen attended a presentation at Joint Base Lackland’s Gateway Club, featuring the culmination of 21 months of work: The transfer of authority over the 24th Air Force from Air Force Space Command to Air Force Air Combat Command.


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How have The Four Freshmen managed to sound so young all these years? The voices come and go, but that beautiful four-part harmony remains the same.

“Well, we always like to use the analogy… it’s more like a sports team. The organization is the same, it’s just the players and the faces have changed throughout the years,” explains Bob Ferreira, the low (or 4th) voice in the group.

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From art exhibits to Hemingway to a play that's downright tornadic, there's plenty to do this weekend.


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Los Nahuatlatos (nä wät lâ tōs) is a group with deep roots to their Xicano-Indigenous heritage, whose mission is to “create original, inspiring and innovative music on a conscious level that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.” They describe their sound as “Xicano roots fusion,” because their music is a combination of different traditional Latino styles.

 

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A Broadway classic, a photo exhibit and chamber music — there is plenty to do this weekend.

 


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