Border & Immigration

Dianna Douglas / KERA

  — Texas’ Hispanic and black students are rocking the national charts when it comes to high school graduation rates. Fronteras takes a look at the reasons and whether students are also better prepared for college and career.

— In Dallas minority students excel on Advanced Placement tests for colleges.  We take a look at why that’s happening.

—Sen. Ted Cruz, the first official presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, may speak at Texas A&M International’s graduation ceremony in Laredo.  Could he be trying to make inroads with Hispanic voters?

More than 40 mothers held in the Karnes Detention Center started a hunger strike Tuesday to protest for their release, according to the San Antonio legal aid organization RAICES. The center detains immigrant families who cross the border illegally.

RAICES says it recorded a phone call with a detainee, which it posted to YouTube. In it, a woman speaking in Spanish confirms the strike and reports that more women are joining up.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

AUSTIN — State police agencies are making fewer arrests and fewer traffic stops than the same period a year ago, a drop-off that local officials attribute to sending hundreds of troopers to help secure the Texas-Mexico border.

The Dallas Morning News reports Highway Patrol citations have fallen 14 percent from the previous year, new investigations started by the state criminal investigations division have fallen 13 percent and Texas Rangers arrests have fallen by 25 percent.

Texas Tribune

— Last summer tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American minors crossed the Rio Grande and entered the United States.  Many were fleeing violence in their countries.  Ambassador Thomas Shannon tells Fronteras the U.S. government is hoping a plan being implemented will prevent another wave of child migrants.  

—After living illegally for years in the United States many residents of  Tijuana, Mexico,  are being deported to Mexico.   Read on for why they're waiting in Tijuana.


It was a little less than a year ago that tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America crossed the Rio Grande into Texas.   Now as the peak migration season approaches federal officials are watching to see whether a recently implemented plan will prevent another surge of children coming over the southern U.S. border.