Border & Immigration

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, spoke in San Antonio Wednesday about border issues.

 

He praised San Antonio for being what he called “extremely active” during NAFTA negations two decades ago. He did say, though, that he wishes he’d heard more from the state of Texas about the importance of its relationship with Mexico in recent years.

Norma Martinez

On Fronteras:  

  • The importance of including accurate Mexican-American history in school curriculums.
  • An Austin bar shuts down a Latino DJ group for playing Latin music.
  • Two North Texas artists are working to beautify the image many people have about life on the Texas/Mexico border.   

Norma Martinez

In 2010, public schools in Arizona were forbidden from teaching Mexican American studies to their students.  A group of Republican state lawmakers there argued that the classes created resentments towards other races, and even in some cases, promoted the overthrow of the U.S. government.  A U.S. District Court judge is expected to rule on the ban’s constitutionality in the coming days.

Educators in Texas are looking past the Arizona controversy and are working to teach public school students about Hispanics’ often-overlooked role in shaping American history. 

Texas Public Radio’s Norma Martinez sat down with Marco Cervantes, director of the Mexican American Studies Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Lilliana Saldaña, Associate Professor in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

This week on Fronteras:  

  •  Fort Worth citizens opposed to SB4 – the new sanctuary cities law – turn out by the hundreds to protest against it.
  • In San Diego, refugees claim resettlement workers told them to falsify rent applications.
  •   Americans who own maquilas, factories in Mexico, welcome the prospect of positive change for NAFTA.
  •  Eleven immigrants become U.S. citizens at Fort Davis historic site in West Texas.
  •  A daughter reflects on growing up with her artist father, Juan O’Gorman, a master of mosaics and murals.

 

Sierra Club

President Trump’s proposed border wall may be coming sooner than expected to Texas. Environmental activists in the Rio Grande Valley say they've learned the federal government selected the Santa Ana National Refuge as one of the first sites for construction.


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