Border & Immigration

Fronteras
2:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Camp Texas: Giving Kids A Lesson In Hunting Culture, And Patience

Camper Miguel Millan shot a pig shortly after nightfall on one of his last days at camp. He had missed a few hours earlier and was about to quit for the night.
Jim Tuttle News21

Fronteras: One of the busiest areas for the U.S. Border Patrol is the Rio Grande Valley sector. We speak to a border patrol agent from there about everything from Central American migrants, border security to armed militias complicating things on the Texas border. Also, we hear about a summer camp in Texas near College Station, where children learn how to hunt. Campers learn about safety and hunt animals on private exotic game ranches.
 

NCLR Says Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Latinos, Economy

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Border & Immigration
2:49 am
Mon August 18, 2014

In South Texas, Few On The Fence Over Divisive Border Wall Issue

Pamela Taylor, who lives near Brownsville, Texas, calls the border fence there "useless."
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:36 am

When Congress thinks about border security, it often sees a big, imposing fence.

The federal government has spent $2.3 billion to build the fence — 649 miles of steel fencing, in sections, between the U.S. and Mexico, designed to help control the illegal movement of people and contraband.

It's called tactical infrastructure, and the Border Patrol says it works. But people on the lower Texas border have another name for it: a boondoggle.

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Fronteras
1:14 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Should Texas Cities Consider Municipal IDs? How Did They Work Out In New Haven, CT?

Crystal Chavez TPR News

Fronteras: More cities, including Austin, are considering municipal ID cards — partly with undocumented immigrants in mind. New Haven, Connecticut, was a leader when it issued resident cards years ago. We speak to the former mayor there to see what impact these city-issued IDs have had. Two University of North Texas professors are developing a drone that can help during emergencies. Also, a San Antonio artist is delving into public art for the first time. We look at Vincent Valdez's first public installation.
 

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Border & Immigration
11:13 am
Tue August 12, 2014

St. Mary's And Univision Offering Free Legal Help For DACA Applicants This week

Young people seek information at the first San Antonio workshop at UTSA after the DACA executive order was issued in 2012.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

 

Texas DACA day is coming up this week, and local organizations are offering events as part of a statewide effort to help DACA-eligible youth and families sign up for the program.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order in 2012 allows young people without documentation to continue to live in the U.S. while they go to school, graduate college, and go on to work.

Adriane Meneses with St. Mary’s School of Law said young people continue to come to her office to get help with the application process.

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Fronteras
2:04 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Brownsville Area To Boast SpaceX Launch Site

Spacex.com

Fronteras: South Texas lands SpaceX. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez talks to us about what the investment means for this border area. We keep hearing the term "unaccompanied minor" to refer to the Central American immigrants crossing the border alone. But how accurate is this term after these minors cross into the U.S.? Also, the number of child migrants arriving at our souther border is decreasing. We speak to POLITICO about that recent turn of events and what may be contributing to it.

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Border & Immigration
6:09 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Texas Education Agency Not Sure What To Do With Immigrant Children

Credit Texas Education Agency

Following a surge of Central American minors crossing  into the United States illegally, the state of Texas is attempting to figure out what to do about their education. 

A 1982 Supreme Court ruing mandated that all states would be required to provide an education to migrant children regardless of legal status. With the recent increase of Central American children, the  Texas Education Agency is not sure what to do.

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Border & Immigration
2:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

HHS Ending Use Of JBSA-Lackland As Shelter For Migrant Children

Lackland Barracks
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is ending its use of Lackland Air Force Base and several other facilities for housing unaccompanied minors.

HHS, which cares for the minors after they are detained by Border Patrol, announced on Monday Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Fort Sill Army Base and Port Hueneme Naval Base would no longer be used as temporary shelters for 7,700 Central American migrant children.

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Border & Immigration
3:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Students Toil In Texas To Give Names And Burials To Migrants

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 2:27 pm

Here & Now’s Robin Young recently spoke to a rancher in the town of Falfurrias, Texas, 70 miles inland from the border, who felt that the recent spotlight on child migrants was taking the focus away from adults and teens crossing — and sometimes dying — on his ranch and on the vast expanse of land around it.

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Border & Immigration
11:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Border Vigilante Calls Attention To Adults Entering U.S. Illegally

Michael Vickers, co-founder of Texas Border Volunteers, sent us this photo of a checkpoint near his home, where the tally of immigrants apprehended at the border is posted on a sign. (Courtesy of Michael Vickers)

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:37 pm

Most of the 57,000 or so unaccompanied and undocumented Central American minors who’ve come to the U.S. in the last 10 months present themselves to Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S.-Mexico border. They want to be taken in, in the hopes that they will be reunited with family members in the U.S.

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Border & Immigration
11:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:22 am

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps.

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