Border & Immigration

12:52 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Immigrant Application Process Through DACA Kicks Off Feb. 18

Following a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat, stated in a release on Monday that young adults eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, could begin the application process on Feb. 18.

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5:53 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Border Drones: CBP Rejects Negative Audit As Congress Debates Funding Bill

Gerald L. Nino via Wickimedia Commons

- The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has issued a critical report on border drones. The report says there is “little or no evidence” those drones are worth their expensive price tag. This comes as Congress wrestles with a fast approaching deadline to fund Homeland Security.
- Native Americans in New Mexico are worried about how increased oil drilling is affecting their communities. One person compared the view at night to a "war zone."
- Fronteras Commentator Yvette Benavides talks about the beauty of being bilingual and the complexities that come wiht it in the U.S.
- And we look at the very serious challenges that people with curly hair face in humid Houston.

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Border & Immigration
3:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

U.S. House Heads To Vote On Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON — The House is moving toward a vote on a bill aimed at securing the U.S. border with Mexico, as majority Republicans seek to demonstrate that they can chart their own course on immigration, not just oppose President Barack Obama.

The legislation passed the House Committee on Homeland Security late Wednesday on a party-line vote of 18-12 and party leaders said it would come to the floor next week. “For God's sakes, if we can't unite around border security what can we unite around?” said Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the committee's chairman.

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3:13 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Journalists In Mexico Trying To Harness The Power Of The Public Following Student Murders

Franciso Munoz prepares to deliver a midday newscast.
Lorne Matalon

On Fronteras:

-- People in Mexico are tired of government corruption, violence, and of not feeling safe. Mexicans are protesting in ways they haven’t and some journalists are also getting bolder. Get this story from Marfa Public Radio’s Fronteras reporter, Lorne Matalon.

-- Some Republicans are trying to change or repeal the Texas Dream Act this legislative session. The Act allows certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges in the state.

-- We bring you a story about how art is helping refugees in Houston define and share their experiences.

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Border & Immigration
7:54 am
Tue January 13, 2015

As Lawmakers Focus On Repeal Of The State’s Dream Act, Where Do These Children Of Texas Go?

Freshman Alfredo Avila studies on the UTSA north campus during the holiday break.
Crystal Chavez

Several lawmakers have already filed bills to repeal the Texas Dream Act. Texas’ incoming lieutenant governor, Sen. Dan Patrick, has vowed to repeal it during the 84th legislative session, which begins Tuesday. And Governor-elect Gregg Abbott has said if one of the bills lands on his desk, he would not veto it.

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10:19 am
Mon January 12, 2015

The Calexico Police Department Under Fire And Under Investigation

Calexico Police Chief Michael Bostic, Jan. 16, 2014.
Katie Schoolov

On Fronteras:

-- Outrage over the murders of 43 students continues in Mexico. In parts of the country, the killings appear to have led to a slightly more robust media.

-- The police department in a California border town is under investigation by the FBI. The new police chief of Calexico says the department is plagued by extortion and professional misconduct.

-- Author Michele Serros died recently of cancer. She wrote about her struggles to fit in and bicultural life as a young Chicana writer. We remember Serros and her impact on the literary world.

-- Schools in Pasadena, Texas, are experimenting with “charlas” or talks. The idea is to help students by coaching their parents through informal meetings.

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1:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Drones Are Of Little Or No Help Along The Border: DHS Audit

The Washington Post reports that a federal audit by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector-General had found “little or no evidence” that the fleet of drones deployed for surveillance along the nation’s borders was effective in that surveillance. The Post reported the audit had revealed that for fiscal year 2013, it cost $12,255 per flight hour to operate the drones, five times more than the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which operates the drones, had estimated. The report said the drones, launched from bases in Texas, Arizona, Florida and North Dakota, were “not meeting flight-hour goals,” and the CBP could not “demonstrate how much the program has improved border security.” The report said that in Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, in 2013, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of those stopped at the border, were because of drone detection in any way. The CBP has disputed the inspector-general’s findings and said the report had been “cherry-picking statistics.”
U.S. drones deployed along the borders are grounded most of the time, cost far more than initially estimated and help to apprehend only a tiny number of people trying to cross illegally, according to a federal audit released Tuesday.
Border & Immigration
3:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Why Are Fewer Mexicans Crossing The U.S. Border?

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

More non-Mexicans were apprehended at the southern border than Mexicans in 2014 and apprehensions of Mexicans have fallen to a historic low. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with Jeff Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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3:44 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

How Teachers Are Weaving First-Generation Texans Into the American Tapestry

“I’m really outgoing. And I’m very social,” Irum Ali says.
Photo/Mark Birnbaum

On Fronteras: The final stories in KERA’s American Graduate series, Generation One.

-- Students in Fort Worth who’ve just arrived from another country are usually placed in a school that’s only for immigrant kids. We learn how teachers have been working with these students to get them ready for a regular classroom.

-- We’ll meet a Pakistani-American student who’s learning to balance her Muslim faith with being a regular high school teen.

-- And reporter Stella Chavez joins the program to give us a recap on this series and tell us what she learned from this reporting project.

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Border & Immigration
2:53 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Undocumented Immigrant Now Feels 'More American'

Junior Adriano at his former high school in Anthony, Texas.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 1:59 pm

The world is changing for Junior Adriano.

He's one of many immigrants applying for legal status under DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is one of President Obama's executive actions on immigration. Those deeply controversial acts have changed many lives. This story explores Junior's life before and after he came out of the shadows.

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