Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. "We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order....

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Pope Joins Calls To End Family Separations, Says He Stands 'With Refugees'

Pope Francis has added his voice to the growing chorus of those decrying the Trump administration's " zero-tolerance " policy on illegal border crossings that has resulted in the separation of parents and children traveling together. "A person's dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant, or a refugee," the pope tweeted Wednesday with the hashtag #WithRefugees. "Saving the life of someone fleeing war and poverty is an act of humanity." In another tweet , the pope said Jesus is...

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When he was 14 years old, Alfredo Alva crossed the border with his father from Mexico into Texas. His journey is told in the children’s book “La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá, My Journey with Papa” by first-time author and Kerrville resident Deborah Mills. Alva is now a construction worker living in Kerrville.

The story has been slightly altered to make the character of Alfredito younger, about 8 years old, to better identify with young readers.


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On Fronteras:

  • Tackling infant mortality with paternal involvement (0:15).
  • The true story of a father and son’s journey across the U.S.-Mexico border told in a children’s book (14:25).

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A band from San Antonio is having international success. At the core of the group is a pair of brothers, carrying on the family business: Diego and Emilio Navaira.

 


54 migrants were found in a trailer in near Broadway and Loop 410 on June 14, 2018
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A San Antonio refugee aid group said at least four of the people detained in Tuesday night’s trailer incident have been removed from the U.S. The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services says it is learning more about the migrants from their relatives.

Ryan Poppe

It’s day one of the state Republican Party convention in San Antonio, and what do GOP delegates do on day one? They choose a state party chairman.


Updated June 15 at 12:50 p.m. ET

This is the largest government-contracted migrant youth shelter in the country: Casa Padre, a former Walmart supercenter converted into living, recreational and dining quarters for nearly 1,500 immigrant boys.

Shelter managers took reporters on a tour of the facility in Brownsville, Texas, on Wednesday, amid criticism over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has led to separating migrant families who crossed the border illegally.

From Texas Standard.

One of the burdens of a serious health condition, like cancer or a chronic immune disease, is the heavy medication necessary for treatment. The cost of one day’s medicine can be surprisingly expensive, and that doesn’t take into account the physical toll and side effects that the drugs can have on one’s body.

From Texas Standard.

South Texas is ground zero for a fight to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Trump administration has tried to end it, but twice, courts have ruled that the administration can’t do that. Now DACA opponents are trying a different legal maneuver – Texas and six other states have sued the federal government. The Trump Justice Department’s not putting up a fight, which could mean the end of DACA.

From Texas Standard.

For the next month, the eyes of the soccer world will be on Russia, the site of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 32-team tournament, which does not include the United States, will decide which country will reign over the world’s game for the next four years. Every soccer fan has their prediction of who will win the cup, but nobody could tell you for sure, right?

Texas Education Board Approves 'Ethnic Studies: Mexican-American Studies'

Jun 13, 2018
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

"Texas education board votes to call long-sought Texas course "Ethnic Studies: Mexican-American Studies"" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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Dare to Listen: Growing Pains

Dare to Listen: San Antonio's Growing Pains

Wednesday, June 27 at the Whitley Theological Center

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A nine-member city-county task force has released its plan to help the financially troubled San Antonio Symphony work its way toward long-term fiscal stability.

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"You want to jam?" was the first message that guitarist Nehemiah “Nemo” Alvarado sent to Kassandra “Kass” Ayala. He discovered her profile on bandmix.com, an online network for connecting local musicians and bands, and immediately knew he had to reach out. Kass remembered being a little freaked out by his message at first, “because his profile didn’t have any photos or recordings. I said ‘yes’ because I didn't have anything else to do.”

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I picked up the phone, and could practically hear the outstretched hand through the receiver.

“Nathan, good morning…! Bill Shatner.”

And there he is, larger than life, even on the phone. Denny Crane, T.J. Hooker, the Priceline.com Negotiator, Captain Kirk, and perhaps the best character of them all, William Shatner.

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“A trio can be a chamber ensemble, but it can also be a big band,” muses pianist Tamir Hendelman between tunes at Jazz, TX. “You have rhythm, you have harmony, you have melody.”

What else could you need?

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