Border & Immigration

From Texas Standard:

The Supreme Court's 4-4 voting deadlock yesterday over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration means the appeals court ruling stays – that is, the hold continues on the administration's order to shield millions of immigrants without U.S. documentation from deportation. It's as if, South Texas College of Law professor Charles "Rocky" Rhodes says, the Supreme Court never took up the issue at all.

Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio

This week on Fronteras:    

  •  A high profile anti-U.S.-Mexico pipeline campaign gets underway as the builder is ordered to pay border landowners millions.
  • If you need a passport, it may take a while to get – there’s a backlog.
  • A border school helps students of immigrants bypass college tuition and earn two years of college credits before getting their high school diploma.
  • Honoring World Refugee Day with the success story of an Iraqi refugee who fled death and now helps other immigrants market their skills for American  jobs.

   

Texas Landowners Win Millions As Stars Launch Anti-Pipeline Campaign

In Texas, they say energy is king.  It may still be but right now the crown belongs to West Texas landowners. They just won unexpectedly high awards - millions of dollars  -against Energy Transfer, a U.S. company contracted by Mexico to build a controversial natural gas pipeline. Mexico is paying for the pipeline that will carry Texas natural gas to Mexican power plants. And because the state says the pipeline is in the public interest, that gives the builder the power to seize private land here.  Despite winning lucrative awards for the pipeline being built on their property, the landowners really don’t want it and they’re getting some huge help.  A high profile anti-pipeline campaign is underway – fueled by the power of Hollywood. The story from Marfa Public Radio’s Fronteras reporter Lorne Matalon.The Story 

After the surge of child migrants to the U.S. from Central America in 2014, there was a scramble to find lawyers to represent more than 10,000 kids who faced deportation hearings. Two years later, federal immigration records show that half of the unaccompanied children still don’t have legal representations.

A lawsuit moving through the courts in Washington State aims to change that. Jude Joffe-Block from the Fronteras Desk at KJZZ in Phoenix reports.

In 2012, a senior official in the Department of Homeland Security declared that Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala was now, essentially, the southern border of the U.S. Two years later, gang violence and poverty in Central America drove tens of thousands of young migrants from Mexico’s southern neighbors to cross into Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S.

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