Immigration http://tpr.org en Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future http://tpr.org/post/castro-and-patrick-spar-over-immigration-build-political-capital-future <p>While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate between state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.</p><p>Patrick and Castro aren’t running against each other for political office; Castro isn’t running for anything right now.</p><p></p><p>Patrick is running for what many call the most powerful job in Texas, lieutenant governor, and he’s doing it with ads like this:</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:14:52 +0000 David Martin Davies 30137 at http://tpr.org Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future Group Protests President’s Deportation Record At Civil Rights Summit http://tpr.org/post/group-protests-president-s-deportation-record-civil-rights-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday an immigration rights group marched across the University of Texas at Austin campus and took up post in the front of the Civil Rights Summit at the </span>LBJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Presidential Library, voicing their protest for the rate of deportation during President Barack Obama’s presidency.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:47:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29891 at http://tpr.org Group Protests President’s Deportation Record At Civil Rights Summit Mayor Castro Talks Immigration At Civil Rights Summit http://tpr.org/post/mayor-castro-talks-immigration-civil-rights-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro joined former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour this week to kick off the Civil Rights Summit in Austin and to discuss the topic of immigration as a civil rights issue. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Castro told the crowd that a reform of the United States immigration system will enhance civil rights by bringing people out of the shadows, creating situations where immigrants aren’t afraid to report crimes, send their kids to school and get the care they need for their families.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:27:54 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29751 at http://tpr.org Leaders At DPS And Texas National Guard Say Border Crime Is Getting Worse http://tpr.org/post/leaders-dps-and-texas-national-guard-say-border-crime-getting-worse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.</span></p><p>Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety,&nbsp;about their operations along the border.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:27:54 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29652 at http://tpr.org The Feast of San Sebastian: A Dark Tale Of Human Trafficking In Puerto Rico http://tpr.org/post/feast-san-sebastian-dark-tale-human-trafficking-puerto-rico <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> One of the fastest growing cities in the Southwest is squeezing out pronghorn antelope. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico through a dam that usually stops it. Some estimates show that the Obama administration has hit two million deportations, which is prompting protests across the country. Also, we speak to San Antonio Author Jonathan Marcantoni about his book, "The Feast of San Sebastian," human trafficking in Puerto Rico and his Puerto Rican identity.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:40:45 +0000 Crystal Chavez 29508 at http://tpr.org The Feast of San Sebastian: A Dark Tale Of Human Trafficking In Puerto Rico Texas Republicans Split On Immigrant Guest Worker Program In Party Platform http://tpr.org/post/texas-republicans-split-immigrant-guest-worker-program-party-platform <p>There is a stir among Texas Republicans on whether or not the party will keep a guest worker program as part of its campaign platform when the party meets in June.</p><p>Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has long been a proponent of what has been labeled a "Texas solution," which would allow undocumented workers without a criminal record to remain in Texas for a job.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:56:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29314 at http://tpr.org Texas Republicans Split On Immigrant Guest Worker Program In Party Platform Texas Business Groups Oppose Path To Citizenship, Support Work Program For Immigrants http://tpr.org/post/texas-business-groups-oppose-path-citizenship-support-work-program-immigrants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A range of business associations in Texas came together today in Austin, hoping to catch the attention of Texas lawmakers in Washington, D.C., about the topic of immigration reform.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group, which doesn't support </span>amnesty<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;or a pathway to citizenship, said they are running out of their unskilled labor force.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:35:48 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29215 at http://tpr.org Steve Inskeep On Reporting From The "Borderland" http://tpr.org/post/steve-inskeep-reporting-borderland <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:14:30 +0000 Crystal Chavez 29092 at http://tpr.org Steve Inskeep On Reporting From The "Borderland" Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas http://tpr.org/post/energy-boom-light-pollution-threaten-astronomy-west-texas <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>The energy boom in Texas and New Mexico is inadvertently compromising the jet-black night skies that astronomers need to do their research. After several decades in the doldrums, the Mexican film industry is seeing some light on the horizon. There’s been a rise of federal immigration crimes -- we speak to an expert from Pew Research about what’s driving that growth. Farmers and ranchers from across the nation are calling for action on immigration reform and the Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:43:53 +0000 Crystal Chavez 28678 at http://tpr.org Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas Houston Police Find 109 People In Suspected 'Stash House' http://tpr.org/post/houston-police-find-109-people-suspected-stash-house Police in Houston on Wednesday found more than 100 people being kept by suspected smugglers in a so-called "stash house."<p><a href="http://www.khou.com/news/local/Dozens-of-people-found-in-alleged-stash-house-251022841.html">KHOU-TV reports</a> that the conditions inside the house were "awful." The station adds:<p><blockquote><p>"'There is no hot water in the house. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:42:50 +0000 Eyder Peralta 28594 at http://tpr.org