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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.