Border & Immigration

KPBS

This week on Fronteras: 

·         As Donald Trump becomes the GOP presidential nominee, a new poll shows residents on both sides of U.S.-Mexico border don’t want his proposed wall.

·         Investors in a Mexican resort promoted by Donald Trump that never got built say they were duped by the presidential nominee.

·         Should crimes against police be hate crimes? Texas Governor Greg Abbott thinks so. But some crime experts worry the strategy will backfire.

From Texas Standard:

El Paso and Juarez are sister cities of sorts. They share a border, cultural ties, and of course, economic ones. But even though the towns are close, the cost of living between the two are worlds apart.

Katie Schoolov / KPBS

This week on Fronteras:  

  • After five officers are gunned down in Dallas, an interfaith memorial service inspires thought provoking remarks from the president.  

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 

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