Fronteras: South Texas lands SpaceX. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez talks to us about what the investment means for this border area. We keep hearing the term "unaccompanied minor" to refer to the Central American immigrants crossing the border alone. But how accurate is this term after these minors cross into the U.S.? Also, the number of child migrants arriving at our souther border is decreasing. We speak to POLITICO about that recent turn of events and what may be contributing to it.
Brownsville Mayor: SpaceX to Boost Economy, Education and Maybe You and Me to Outer Space One Day
SpaceX is heading to South Texas. This week Gov. Rick Perry announced incentives for SpaceX’s commercial launch facility planned for Cameron County. Those incentives included more than $2 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund and $13 million from a Spaceport Trust Fund. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez speaks to Fronteras host Crystal Chavez.
The term "unaccompanied minor" has been used to describe the Central American minors showing up alone at the U.S.-Mexico border. But how many of the children crossing illegally with no parent or guardian have traveled here thinking no one will meet them on the U.S. side? How many of these minors will need long term foster care and how many will quickly cycle out of the system? Marfa Public Radio’s Paige Phelps investigates.
Surge of Migrant Children from Central America Slows
The influx of migrant children is slowing down, according to POLITICO. Seung Min Kim, congressional reporter at POLITICO, shares the latest on the program. Kim starts with a look at the numbers of immigrants apprehended at the southern border.
In Texas more than half of young children never attend preschool. That’s despite research showing a quality education early on can pay off later in life. To help some of those kids catch up, there’s a new “kindergarten boot camp” in Houston.
It’s a partnership that includes Avance, an organization that assists low-income families. The goal is to give students some pre-K in a matter of weeks. Houston Public Media education reporter Laura Isensee takes us for a visit.