Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 2:21 pm
The immigration crisis involving thousands ofÂ unaccompanied minors coming from Central AmericaÂ this past summer, may seem far away, but one in three of the so-called â€śborder kidsâ€ť remain in the U.S.
The children live withÂ their sponsors, usually a relative, while they wait their fate in immigration court. Many are seeking asylum â€“ claiming gang related violence and extreme poverty threaten their lives if they were to go back to their country of origin.
-- While recent studies have shown that the brain is not an immutable object and can learn and relearn skills post a critical childhood window, there is no doubt that a conducive environment and starting young profoundly impacts a personâ€™s ability to learn, think and process information. This includes language. Educators in Grand Prairie in North Texas talk about the districtâ€™s growing dual language program.
-- Thereâ€™s been plenty of talk of trying to regulate sodas and other sugary drinks to combat obesity. Mexico has already been taxing sugary drinks for almost a year now, and the tax seems to be producing positive results.
-- We now have a better idea of where the Central American minors who came to the U.S. alone earlier this year in droves, ended up. Pew Research Center gives us an update.
-- Can local ranchers and farmers export water from under their land, especially to Mexico, at a time when the U.S. suffers through some of its driest times ever? We look at a water rights case in Texas. -- State Republican leaders are gearing up to battle President Obamaâ€™s executive order on immigration in a variety of ways, beginning with a lawsuit challenging the legality of the action, by Attorney General Gregg Abbott. -- Groups in San Antonio are trying to help people make sense of the Presidentâ€™s immigration orders. Theyâ€™re also trying to ensure people donâ€™t become victims of immigration fraud. -The popular StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Dallas. Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, shares the story of her first election, and how she felt she had to beat the odds to win.
Hundreds of people in San Antonio and South Texas are expected to have questions about what to do next, now that President Obama has laid out his immigration plan.
Texas Public Radioâ€™s Eileen Pace reports a local organization has been expanding its services in the wake of the presidentâ€™s speech a little over a week ago:
Jonathan Ryan, Director of The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services â€“ or RAICES â€“ says RAICES has been answering questions on Spanish-language telethons where attorneys spent three days last week fielding phone calls.
-- Diego Mancha is a UT San Antonio student. His mother brought him to this country illegally as a child. About two years ago, Diego was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals â€” or DACA â€” status. He says it changed his life. Weâ€™ll hear his story.
-- Weâ€™ll also meet a North Texas high school student from Guatemala, whoâ€™s juggling school and work. Itâ€™s worth it all to her, as sheâ€™s getting a fresh start after escaping violence back home.
-- Also, Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides shares childhood memories of Thanksgiving Day. She tells us about the interesting way her father scored the family tableâ€™s centerpiece.
Texas Attorney-General and Governor-elect, Greg Abbott, said he planned to sue the Obama administration in response to Thursdayâ€™s executive action by the President on immigration. There are others, though, who were happier with the President, but not quite satisfied.
A group of 25 people watched the White Houseâ€™s live streaming of the Presidential address, at the Divine Redeemer Presbyterian on the Westside.
-- President Obama has kept his promise. He took executive action on the nationâ€™s immigration laws. We get reaction from San Antonio, Texas.
-- Anguish is mounting over the Mexican governmentâ€™s response to the collective murders of 43 college students. The protests arenâ€™t letting up and thereâ€™s a sense that this incident has started a movement that is going to stick.
-- Weâ€™ll hear how one school district in north Texas is educating a growing number of immigrant children, whose primary language isnâ€™t English.
-City Heights could be San Diegoâ€™s â€śrichest-poorâ€ť neighborhood. Thereâ€™s been decades of philanthropic investment there. Two foundations have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars in City Heights since 2000. So what's become of all that money? Are its residents better off?
Outgoing Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst, has announced that the state will begin ramping down the number of National Guard troops assisting with the stateâ€™s border surge in the Rio Grande Valley,Â that's following an $86 million extension of the executive order that first sent the Guard to the Texas-Mexico border.
He isnâ€™t able to discuss the numbers, but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst chalks the gradual troop withdrawal to a drop in the number of crossings happening in South Texas.