Border & Immigration

From Texas Standard:

The Texas Standard explores what it means to be American as part of the NPR series "A Nation Engaged."

Jin Park remembers where he was when Donald Trump announced his presidential bid in June, 2015. He was alone in his Harvard dorm room and watching Trump on TV.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump told the crowd at New York's Trump Tower, "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Then he proposed a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Mexican Consulate

Mexican Consul General Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, based in Austin, says anti-immigration rhetoric in the presidential campaign is demeaning, and Texas’ deployment of additional state troopers along its southern border has caused concern.

The Mexican diplomat recently sat down with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler to talk about why Texas in particular should be concerned about strained US-Mexico relations.

Nathan Cone / TPR

As last Friday’s panel discussion on migration across the U.S.-Mexico border was beginning, volunteers at the Institute of Texan Cultures were hard at work bringing in extra chairs to accommodate an overflow crowd.

Stella Chavez / KERA

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