Border & Immigration

GOP Considering Lawsuit On Immigration

Jan 28, 2015

Washington — House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the President’s unilateral deportation curbs.

Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing a legal plan with the best chance of blocking Obama’s moves, according to a person in the room.

Immigrant Application Process Through DACA Kicks Off Feb. 18

Jan 26, 2015

Following a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat, stated in a release on Monday that young adults eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, could begin the application process on Feb. 18.

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- The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has issued a critical report on border drones. The report says there is “little or no evidence” those drones are worth their expensive price tag. This comes as Congress wrestles with a fast approaching deadline to fund Homeland Security.
- Native Americans in New Mexico are worried about how increased oil drilling is affecting their communities. One person compared the view at night to a "war zone."
- Fronteras Commentator Yvette Benavides talks about the beauty of being bilingual and the complexities that come wiht it in the U.S.
- And we look at the very serious challenges that people with curly hair face in humid Houston.

U.S. House Heads To Vote On Border Security Bill

Jan 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House is moving toward a vote on a bill aimed at securing the U.S. border with Mexico, as majority Republicans seek to demonstrate that they can chart their own course on immigration, not just oppose President Barack Obama.

The legislation passed the House Committee on Homeland Security late Wednesday on a party-line vote of 18-12 and party leaders said it would come to the floor next week. “For God's sakes, if we can't unite around border security what can we unite around?” said Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the committee's chairman.

Lorne Matalon

On Fronteras:

-- People in Mexico are tired of government corruption, violence, and of not feeling safe. Mexicans are protesting in ways they haven’t and some journalists are also getting bolder. Get this story from Marfa Public Radio’s Fronteras reporter, Lorne Matalon.

-- Some Republicans are trying to change or repeal the Texas Dream Act this legislative session. The Act allows certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges in the state.

-- We bring you a story about how art is helping refugees in Houston define and share their experiences.

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