Border & Immigration http://tpr.org en Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://tpr.org/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 34802 at http://tpr.org ACLU Texas Keeping An Eye On Armed Militia Group Operating On The Border http://tpr.org/post/aclu-texas-keeping-eye-armed-militia-group-operating-border <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas</span> say they will be closely monitoring the area of the border occupied by an armed militia known online as Operation Secure Our Border. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Denise Freedman with Operation Secure Our Borders, a collection of armed militias who are planning to patrol an area of the border near Laredo, said they are searching for immigrants coming to the United States through Texas.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:01:59 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34773 at http://tpr.org ACLU Texas Keeping An Eye On Armed Militia Group Operating On The Border Texas Judge Under Fire Over Immigrant Housing Plan http://tpr.org/post/texas-judge-under-fire-over-immigrant-housing-plan Dallas County Judge <strong>Clay Jenkins</strong> is facing criticism for a plan to house children crossing the border from Mexico illegally. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:55:46 +0000 editor 34697 at http://tpr.org Texas Judge Under Fire Over Immigrant Housing Plan What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power? http://tpr.org/post/what-can-texas-learn-arizona-california-about-solar-power <p><strong>On Fronteras:</strong> We continue our reporting on the tens of thousands of Central American children and teens who are now in the United States. A UTSA demographer, who researches immigration, tells us more about what's driving this surge to the north. Texas is known as an energy superpower, but solar is sluggish here. We also look at solar economics in Texas and lessons that can be learned from other southwest states. And, the Kitchen Sisters take us to the Mexican town of Tequila, it's in the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit.</p><p><br /><br /> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:59:45 +0000 Crystal Chavez 34466 at http://tpr.org What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power? Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children http://tpr.org/post/language-barriers-pose-challenges-mayan-migrant-children Among the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have come from Central America this year are children who speak little or no Spanish. Many are from Guatemala's indigenous communities, who speak more than 20 different Mayan languages.<p>Rafael Domingo, 16, grew up in Guatemala speaking Q'anjob'al, sometimes referred to as Kanjobal. The youngest son of a single mother, he rode a bus, walked for miles and crossed a river before he was stopped at the Texas border.<p>"It was so difficult to come to this country," Domingo says through an interpreter.<p>His journey in the U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 34364 at http://tpr.org Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children While Poverty & Gangs Push, Opportunity Draws Honduran Children To The U.S. http://tpr.org/post/while-poverty-gangs-push-opportunity-draws-honduran-children-us <p>President Obama is requesting that Congress authorize $2 billion and special powers to deal with the surge of unaccompanied minor immigrants.</p><p>In record numbers the children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and overwhelming the U.S. system after being apprehended at the Texas border. Most are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, but Honduras is the leading source country.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:54:20 +0000 David Martin Davies 34253 at http://tpr.org While Poverty & Gangs Push, Opportunity Draws Honduran Children To The U.S. Dallas County Agrees To Take In About 1,000 Immigrant Children http://tpr.org/post/dallas-county-agrees-take-about-1000-immigrant-children Calling the situation a "humanitarian crisis," County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County is prepared to house more than 1,000 immigrant children.<p>"I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here," Jenkins said while speaking at the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday.<p><a href="http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas/Unaccompanied-immigrant-children-to-come-to-Dallas-265034431.html">WFAA-TV, which carried his remarks, reports</a> Jenkins said fed Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:53:00 +0000 editor 34200 at http://tpr.org Dallas County Agrees To Take In About 1,000 Immigrant Children Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas http://tpr.org/post/critical-shortage-mental-health-care-providers-texas <p></p><p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> There's a critical shortage of mental health care workers in Texas, and the problem is especially apparent in the borderlands. The Texas Democratic Party chair speaks about the party's top candidates, its platform and more as the convention arrives this weekend. For San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, culture is everything. He speaks about the inspiration for his Tex-Mex artwork and new exhibit at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:06:47 +0000 Crystal Chavez 34004 at http://tpr.org Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas State Health Officials Concerned With Conditions Inside Living Facilities For Unaccompanied Minors http://tpr.org/post/state-health-officials-concerned-conditions-inside-living-facilities-unaccompanied-minors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week the Texas Department of State Health Services toured U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities where thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America are living.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the department has no jurisdiction over the Fort Brown Detention Center in Brownsville and the McAllen Station Detention Center, DSHS Media Relations Director Carrie Williams said they have been able to provide technical assistance and vaccines.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:24:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34073 at http://tpr.org State Health Officials Concerned With Conditions Inside Living Facilities For Unaccompanied Minors From The Streets Of Honduras, A Look At What Is Driving Thousands Of Children To The U.S. http://tpr.org/post/streets-honduras-look-what-driving-thousands-children-us <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Thousands of unaccompanied children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and being apprehended at the Texas border. They are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – but Honduras is the main source.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:26:28 +0000 David Martin Davies 34063 at http://tpr.org From The Streets Of Honduras, A Look At What Is Driving Thousands Of Children To The U.S.