Fronteras: ICE Transfers Increase; Detainee Bail Aid; & Mother's Day Serenatas

May 11, 2018

This week on Fronteras:

  • Texas counties report an increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement transfers in the first months of the Trump administration (0:16).
  • A group in El Paso assists immigrants in detention with bond payments (1:53).
  • San Diego looks into how new immigrants can integrate into society (7:44).
  • Local mariachis prepare for a marathon evening of Mother’s Day serenades (9:48).


Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Credit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

After Donald Trump Took Office, ICE Transfers Jumped In Large Texas Counties

A new study says during the first months of the Trump administration, ICE took 16 people into custody from Bexar County jails in 2017 compared to 95 in the previous year, a 22 percent increase. 

That number went up in many of the most populous counties in the state, except Travis, where there was an 83 percent decline in ICE transfers - 160 transferred in 2016 compared to 28 in 2017. Elizabeth Trovall of Houston Public Media reports that that number is expected to change now that SB4 is forcing so-called sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration enforcement.

In El Paso, the Fronterizo Fianza Fund provides bail for immigrants held by ICE.
Credit Mallory Falk

El Paso Activist Group Raises Money To Pay Detainees’ Bail

Since President Trump took office, more undocumented immigrants are being held in detention centers, waiting for their day in court. Some are eligible for release on bond. But bond amounts can, from $1,500 to upwards of $20,000. And some detainees just can’t afford these bonds. Now, a group in El Paso is starting to raise money to pay detainees’ bail . Mallory Falk reports on the so-called Fronterizo Fianza Fund.

A Syrian refugee sits on a couch in her family's three-bedroom El Cajon apartment, July 25, 2017.
Credit MEGAN WOOD / INEWSOURCE

San Diego Coalition Seeks Public Input To Improve Newcomer Experience

The national immigration debate largely focuses on how people enter the country. But in San Diego, officials are examining the process after immigrants arrive, and it's tapping the public for help. Terryn Mento of KPBS in San Diego reports on how the city is seeking input to help improve the immigration experience.

Gino Rivera, Debra Torres
Credit Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

‘You’re Being A Blessing To These Mothers. Without Them, Where Would We Be?’

The music of mariachis can bring a grown man to tears. Especially when conjuring up thoughts of his mother. Mother’s Day serenades are popular in Mexico and in the Mexican-American culture. Musicians make the rounds door-to-door from dusk-to-dawn singing songs of love to mothers.

FRONTERAS EXTRALearning To Love Mariachi Music

Gino Rivera is director of Mariachi Azteca de America. Debra Torres is director of the all-female Mariachi Flor de Jalisco. Both live and work in San Antonio. They spoke to Fronteras about the time honored traditions of Mother’s Day serenatas.

Serenata para las Madres featuring Guadalajara native Steeven Sandoval, “La Voz del Mariachi,” at the Charlene McCombs Empire Theater. Steeven will be accompanied by Mariachi Azteca de America, directed by Gino Rivera. Fri. May 11, 7:30pm

Norma Martinez can be reached by email norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1