Border & Immigration

Fronteras
2:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Sees Money In Proposed Mexico Energy Overhaul

PEMEX in Nuevo Laredo.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Fronteras: In what would be a historic move, Mexico may open up its energy industry to private domestic and foreign investors. How Texas is preparing to get ahead of a proposed overhaul of Mexico’s energy industry. U.S. and Mexico authorities released water into the Colorado River Delta this spring to try to jump-start habitat restoration. We check in to see how that experiment is going.

Texas Eyeing Mexico Energy Industry Overhaul

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Border & Immigration
11:45 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Prepares Border 'Surge'

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. This location has been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:43 pm

Gov. Rick Perry has signed a plan to spend an extra $1.3 million each week for the rest of the year to bolster efforts to patrol his state’s border with Mexico, as officials on the border report a spike in immigration, especially of unaccompanied children.

Republicans, such as state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, are cheering the idea. But Democratic state Sen. Jose Rodriguez is against what he calls further militarization of the border.

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Law
1:31 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

When Unaccompanied Children Cross The Border, Judges Can't Always Help

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:55 pm

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Border & Immigration
4:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Abbott Requesting $30 Million From Feds For Border Operations

Credit U.S. Border Patrol

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has requested $30 million from the Obama administration for a state-based border security operation involving the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In a letter, Abbott says the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed with keeping up the influx of minors crossing the border. State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who sits on the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, said he agrees with Abbott.

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Fronteras
3:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Fronteras: U.S. Customs and Border Protection is undergoing a shakeup following intense scrutiny over the Border Patrol’s use of force. Waves of unaccompanied Latino minors continue to make their way to Texas. What happens after they get here? The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing Texas, claiming the state has violated the civil rights of English language learners.

Management Shake-Up at Customs and Border Protection Following Use of Force Controversies

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Border & Immigration
11:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Legal Organizations, Communities Rally To Help Minors Navigate U.S. Immigration

Poster designed for young children to learn about the U.S. immigration courts.
Jonathan Ryan RAICES

As the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into Texas continues to increase, local agencies have been stepping in to help with the care for the children.

A legal immigration assistance center has re-focused its mission to help during the crisis, and has begun serving children at Lackland and across South Texas. 

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Border & Immigration
3:37 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

ACLU Releases Report On Treatment Of Undocumented Immigrants In Private Texas Prisons

The cover image of the ACLU report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private-Prison System.
Credit ACLU of Texas

Amid overcrowding issues at immigration prisons in Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on the treatment of non-violent undocumented prisoners at private facilities. The ACLU focused on five facilities in Texas.

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Fronteras
2:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

During A Traffic Stop, What Questions Do You Have To Answer?

Tom Michael KRTS

Fronteras: If you're questioned by law enforcement at a traffic stop, what are you required to answer? As demographics change across the nation and in Texas, there’s growing concern about Alzheimer’s disease among Mexican-Americans—a population that continues to age. More minors from south of the border are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. illegally and alone. We visit Joint Base San Antonio Lackland where many of those minors are being housed.

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Border & Immigration
1:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

U.S. Officials Open Doors To Lackland Barracks Housing Immigrant Children

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  On Thursday the military oversaw a media tour of the Air Force barracks at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where 1,200 immigrant children who came to the U.S. without adults are being temporarily sheltered in San Antonio.

Situated in the midst of dozens of identical military barracks where young men and women go through Air Force basic training, one building is now filled with children.

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Parallels
9:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Riding 'The Beast' Across Mexico To The U.S. Border

Migrants arrive at a rest stop in Ixtepec, Mexico, after a 15-hour ride atop a freight train headed north toward the U.S. border on Aug. 4. Thousands of migrants ride atop the trains, known as La Bestia, or The Beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:39 am

There's a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants whose aim is to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children — both with adults and alone — have been making the risky journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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