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Migration Policy Institute

While GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump is touting his plan for a massive border wall that would bear his name and stretch the entire two-thousand mile border from Brownsville to San Diego, new numbers are coming to light that show that illegal immigration continues to be on the decline.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth."

After World War II, Mexican American veterans returned home to lead the struggle for civil rights.

Many of their stories have been recorded by the Voces Oral History Project founded and directed by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.

In her new book “Texas Mexican Americans and Post War Civil Rights Rivas Rodriguez tells the stories of three lesser known battles in Mexican American civil rights in Texas.

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The number of incarcerated women in the U.S. has quadrupled since 1980 and a growing number of them are pregnant. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that 6 to 10 percent of women in correctional facilities are pregnant. And because incarcerated women often struggle with substance abuse or mental illness, they tend to have more complicated, higher-risk pregnancies that require more attention

Houston Public Media

This week on Fronteras: 

--Help to reduce the soaring Hispanic high school dropout rate.  How an after school program in San Diego guides children of immigrants to college with great success.

--In San Antonio, a new school opens to help another set of students who need it… boys.

--Prairie View honors Sandra Bland, the young woman found hanged in the Waller County Jail, with a street in her name.

--San Diego County launches a disaster app for Spanish speakers so they easily can get information on emergencies such as fires and earthquakes.

Beth Graham

Shakespeare in the Park is back, but those expecting it to be in the Botanical Gardens should note: it's not going to be there. More on that further down. This year's production is called The Winter's Tale and Director Beth Lopes described it this way.  

“It’s a romance, is the category. It also could be called a problem play.  Mostly because there are equal parts comedy and drama.”

I had to ask “Shakespeare—aren’t they all problem plays of some kind?”  Lopes laughed.

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