Border & Immigration

H. Drew Galloway

On this episode of Fronteras:

  • Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio look to address the needs of undocumented students.
  • San Antonio students find support at UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center, which provides assistance to undocumented students (3:12).
  • Asylum seekers are being denied their legal rights at U.S. detention centers (13:35).
  • Thousands of refugees take advantage of a legal loophole to cross the northern border from the U.S. to Canada (16:32).

National Archives and Record Administration

On Feb. 2, 1848, a treaty was signed that ended the U.S.-Mexican War and ceded 525,000 square miles of land from Mexico to the U.S., including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The Rio Grande was designated the boundary between Texas and Mexico. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo also created a new population of Mexican-Americans, and Mexicans on new U.S. territory could either remain Mexican citizens, return to Mexico, or claim U.S. citizenship.

The 170th anniversary of that signing is something Hispanic communities in the U.S. are celebrating as a part of their heritage, calling it Segundo de Febrero.

As lawmakers in Washington consider a path forward on immigration policy, the debate is playing out along desolate stretches of the southwestern border where at least 7,209 people have died while crossing illegally over the past 20 years.

From Texas Standard:

Many folks will be watching the State of the Union to hear what President Trump might say about immigration. The latest White House proposal has two key numbers – 1.8 million is how many so-called Dreamers could be put on a path to citizenship, and 25 billion is how much funding the Trump Administration wants for border security, including building a wall.

Last week we heard from a volunteer with the group No More Deaths, which provides water and supplies to people making the dangerous — and illegal — desert crossing into the U.S. along the border with Mexico. No More Deaths recently released a report claiming border patrol agents routinely sabotage what the volunteers call humanitarian efforts.