Border & Immigration

Border & Immigration
12:22 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A New Facility For Immigrants In Texas Is Trying To Be More Residence Than Detention Center

The exterior of the Karnes County Residential Center. Formerly the Civil Detention Center
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

In the past U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has faced harsh criticism for conditions at its immigration detention facilities. But they are hoping to change that with a new kind of center in Karnes County, Texas.

Officials are calling it "residential" rather than "detention."

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Border & Immigration
7:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Immigrants run to jump on a train in Ixtepec, Mexico, during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been crossing the border.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 10:26 am

Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.

The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. The GOP-led House may act on just a fraction of that request, setting up a clash with the Democratic-led Senate.

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Fronteras
12:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Border Medical Residency Program Aims To Fill Doctor Gap

Dr. Adrian Billings, chief medical officer of Presidio County Health Services, speaks to attendees of a community health clinic in Marathon, Texas.
Photo courtesy of the Denton Record-Chronicle. (2012)

Fronteras: Rural regions are suffering from a lack of doctors. We look at a new medical residency program on the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite obstacles, solar is gaining ground in some parts of Texas. A conversation with West Texas/Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor about Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send Texas National Guard troops to the border. And a commentary about a life crossing borders and checkpoints.

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Border & Immigration
3:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Volunteers such as this woman — who's with a group that calls itself "Las Patronas" — throw bags of food and water to migrants in Veracruz, Mexico, who are headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
Courtesy of Deborah Bonello

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:23 pm

Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Sometimes, they've been welcomed into the country by activists; other times they've been turned away by protesters.

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Border & Immigration
5:36 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

Police officers separate demonstrators on opposing sides of the immigration debate outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on July 4.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:28 pm

Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation's biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life.

In a Gallup survey released last week, 17 percent volunteered immigration as America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership.

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Border & Immigration
11:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

A Conversation With Immigrant Activist Jose Antonio Vargas

In this June 20, 2012, file photo former Washington Post journalist turned immigration reform activist, Jose Antonio Vargas, center, an illegal immigrant himself, speaks in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 9:40 am

Immigrant-rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas has written extensively about the fact that he has been living illegally in the U.S. for years.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Vargas was recently in south Texas documenting the stories of many Central American child migrants detained at a shelter in McAllen. As an immigrant himself, he says it was only “natural” that he go there.

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Fronteras
12:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Texas Border City A Model For Solar Power

The Acacia Solar Plant in Presidio, TX has allowed this border city to put more power onto the electric grid than it takes off.
Travis Bubenik KRTS

Fronteras: The USDA has lifted a ban on inspectors working in Mexico, which could invigorate a cattle trade that has been hurt in both countries. We look at how one border city provides a model for solar power in Texas. State health officials have alerted the CDC about conditions in border facilities where thousands of Central American minors are being detained. Commentator Yvette Benavides takes us inside an immigration court room in San Antonio where these children and teens are making their cases.

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Border & Immigration
1:21 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crossings, Coyotes And Children At The Border

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on July 15, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. (Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:47 pm

There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks from both parties in Washington about the politics of immigration. It’s been called both an invasion and a humanitarian crisis, and the two sides differ on what to do about the 57,000 children who have crossed the border.

NPR’s John Burnett has been talking to these children and he joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti from Los Angeles to share their stories.

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Border & Immigration
3:21 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:23 pm

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2014 Election
1:03 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Van De Putte Campaign Rolls Out First Paid Ad, Praises DPS Action Along The Border

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte has rolled out a new online ad praising the Texas Department of Public Safety’s efforts along the border.

While ad talks about the efforts by the DPS to keep this surge of immigrant children safe, it also points to the difference between her response to the situation and Dan Patrick's, her opponent in the lieutenant governor race.

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