Border & Immigration

Border & Immigration
7:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:40 pm

After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own.

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Border & Immigration
3:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

ACLU Texas Keeping An Eye On Armed Militia Group Operating On The Border

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas say they will be closely monitoring the area of the border occupied by an armed militia known online as Operation Secure Our Border.

Denise Freedman with Operation Secure Our Borders, a collection of armed militias who are planning to patrol an area of the border near Laredo, said they are searching for immigrants coming to the United States through Texas.

“At this particular point we are going to be working on private land, but that is subject to change as law enforcement become willing to work with us,” Freedman said.

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Border & Immigration
1:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Texas Judge Under Fire Over Immigrant Housing Plan

Judge Clay Jenkins (center) is pictured announcing possible sites for housing unaccompanied children in Dallas County. He tweeted this photo with the caption "In Texas we take care of children." (@JudgeClayJ/Twitter)

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:31 pm

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is facing criticism for a plan to house children crossing the border from Mexico illegally. He says they could be housed at a local middle school, an alternative education building and a warehouse at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Jenkins is a Democrat and Republicans are blasting him over the plan, saying the local school system and health care delivery system will be overtaxed by people who won’t be able to contribute to that cost.

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Fronteras
4:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power?

San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy has committed to building what would be the largest single solar installation in Texas.
courtesy: Recurrent Energy

On Fronteras: We continue our reporting on the tens of thousands of Central American children and teens who are now in the United States. A UTSA demographer, who researches immigration, tells us more about what's driving this surge to the north. Texas is known as an energy superpower, but solar is sluggish here. We also look at solar economics in Texas and lessons that can be learned from other southwest states. And, the Kitchen Sisters take us to the Mexican town of Tequila, it's in the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit.

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Border & Immigration
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children

Hugo Pascual Tomas Manuel, 15, attends English classes at the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, Fla. He grew up speaking Q'anjob'al, or Kanjobal, an indigenous Mayan language.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 6:43 pm

Among the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have come from Central America this year are children who speak little or no Spanish. Many are from Guatemala's indigenous communities, who speak more than 20 different Mayan languages.

Rafael Domingo, 16, grew up in Guatemala speaking Q'anjob'al, sometimes referred to as Kanjobal. The youngest son of a single mother, he rode a bus, walked for miles and crossed a river before he was stopped at the Texas border.

"It was so difficult to come to this country," Domingo says through an interpreter.

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Border & Immigration
10:54 am
Mon June 30, 2014

While Poverty & Gangs Push, Opportunity Draws Honduran Children To The U.S.

A passerby reads the day's bloody headlines in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

President Obama is requesting that Congress authorize $2 billion and special powers to deal with the surge of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

In record numbers the children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and overwhelming the U.S. system after being apprehended at the Texas border. Most are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, but Honduras is the leading source country.

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Border & Immigration
12:53 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Dallas County Agrees To Take In About 1,000 Immigrant Children

A child deported from the United State poses for photo in front of a map of Guatemala City at an immigration shelter in Guatemala City on June 19.
Luis Soto AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:34 pm

Calling the situation a "humanitarian crisis," County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County is prepared to house more than 1,000 immigrant children.

"I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here," Jenkins said while speaking at the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday.

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Fronteras
1:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas

Medically underserved areas in Texas, 2011.
Credit Map created by the Texas Primary Care Office

Fronteras: There's a critical shortage of mental health care workers in Texas, and the problem is especially apparent in the borderlands. The Texas Democratic Party chair speaks about the party's top candidates, its platform and more as the convention arrives this weekend. For San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, culture is everything. He speaks about the inspiration for his Tex-Mex artwork and new exhibit at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

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Border & Immigration
1:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Health Officials Concerned With Conditions Inside Living Facilities For Unaccompanied Minors

Thousands of children from Central America are flooding to the U.S-Mexico border and into the custody of U.S. officials.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Last week the Texas Department of State Health Services toured U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities where thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America are living.

While the department has no jurisdiction over the Fort Brown Detention Center in Brownsville and the McAllen Station Detention Center, DSHS Media Relations Director Carrie Williams said they have been able to provide technical assistance and vaccines.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

From The Streets Of Honduras, A Look At What Is Driving Thousands Of Children To The U.S.

A group of American missionaries help feed the children living on the streets in Comayagüela, Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Thousands of unaccompanied children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and being apprehended at the Texas border. They are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – but Honduras is the main source.

As night seizes Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the streets of one of the capital city’s toughest neighborhoods, Comayagüela, are virtually deserted. Most people here know that it’s not safe for anyone to be caught out alone at night. This is where the killer gangs are notorious.

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