Border & Immigration


This week on Fronteras: 

  •  Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands.  Inside reports from the area haunted by drugs, violence and immigrants.
  •  The status of Texas Attorney General’s appeal on the injunction against SB4, the new sanctuary cities law that’s on hold.
  •   A movement is underway to stop laws like SB4 from getting passed in other states.
  • How a Dallas stage play forecast President Trump’s decision to end DACA.

The U.S./Mexico border has been called “a leaking wound” by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.  In South Texas, that wound bleeds immigrants, drugs, and violence. 

Author Stephanie Elizondo Griest spent a decade looking at all aspects of the border – religion, drugs, immigration.  Not just in her native South Texas, but at the U.S./Canadian border.  And despite being separated by 2000 miles, Elizondo Griest found that the northern and southern borderlands have more in common than not. 

TPR's Norma Martinez had a chance to talk the author about her latest book, “All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands.”

This week on Fronteras:  Focus On DACA

  •  President Trump ends DACA – the Obama era policy that protected immigrant children.  A recipient describes life before and after DACA.
  •   The Texas Attorney General believes the president made the right decision.
  •  DREAMers helped by DACA fear deportation may be in their future.
  •  A UT-El Paso student works to make the border campus a place that changes perspectives about immigrant students.
  •  University of New Mexico students rally against the DACA decision.  
  •  A Harvey survivor feels the DACA decision adds another storm on top of the one her family’s struggling to overcome.  
  •  Harvey storm damage demonstrates need for undocumented construction workers.
  • Some DACA recipients did not know they had protected status until they were teenagers.


Joey Palacios / TPR



This week on Fronteras: 

  •  A judge puts SB4 – Texas’ so called “sanctuary cites” law on hold.
  • A pregnant immigrant mother fights to be released from a detention center in San Diego.
  •  A San Antonio school named after a Confederate general will change its name.
  •  The story of how one family rode out Hurricane Harvey.
  •  Homeowners hurry to file insurance claims due to a new state law that critics say favors insurance companies.
  •  A Fort Worth hospital evacuates newborns from Corpus Christi, keeping them safe from Hurricane Harvey.


Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT


This week on Fronteras:   

  •  With SB4 just days away from becoming law, an Austin non-profit gives lessons in how to respond to police inquiries about immigration status.
  •  A deported DACA student has his day in court.
  • A look at the help available for undocumented students at UTSA.
  •  A new study reveals the high stress levels of Texas children who worry their parents might be deported.
  •  A special ceremony to forgive Mexico’s colonial past brings together Apaches and other first nations from both sides of the border.