This week on Fronteras:
· How the ICE detainer system works when police arrest an undocumented immigrant.
· “Caravan Against Fear” activists along the border have a specific message for the Trump administration.
· NAFTA Re-negotiation Crucial For Texas
· A Santa Fe newspaper sues the Governor saying she blacklisted it.
· In Dallas, an exhibit showcasing 50 years of Mexican artworks is attracting large numbers of first generation Latino families
How An ICE Detainer Request Works
A federal judge this week blocked a Trump administration order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. President Trump’s order called for withholding funds from cities that limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But a U.S. District Judge ruled the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit, filed in California, works its way through court. The president’s order wanted cities to comply with all ICE detainer requests on undocumented immigrants booked into local jails. How exactly does an ICE detainer work? KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy explains.
Caravan Against Fear
Protests Sending Message To President Trump
Activists are rallying in cities along the U.S.-Mexico border to oppose how the Trump administration is enforcing immigration laws. They’re calling the protests a “Caravan Against Fear.” One of the participating cities is Houston. Al Ortiz with Houston Public Media reports the Bayou City has become a crucial player in this movement which is encouraging a strike on May 1st.
NAFTA Re-Negotiation Crucial For Texas
President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will stay in NAFTA while the trade agreement is re-negotiated. He says if a “fair deal” is reached, the U.S. won’t pull out.. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider explains why the start date for reopening NAFTA has been pushed back several times and why Texas has a lot riding on the outcome.
New Mexico Journalists Claim Governor Blacklisted Their Newspaper
Turning now to New Mexico where a newspaper has sued the governor. Susana Martinez campaigned on open government and promises of transparency. But journalists in New Mexico say her administration routinely blocks access to state experts and employees, and won’t respond to questions from news organizations that have published critical stories. A lawsuit filed by the Santa Fe Reporter claims that kind of blacklisting adds up to discrimination and censorship. KUNM’s Marisa Demarco reports.
New Mexico Newspaper’s Lawsuit Alleges Government Secrecy
Did New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez violate the state’s sunshine law by failing to provide public records to a Santa Fe newspaper? That’s one of two questions at the heart of a lawsuit brought by the Santa Fe Reporter against the governor. KUNM’s Marisa Demarco continues her report digging into the lawsuit’s allegations of government secrecy.
A decision on the lawsuit isn’t expected for weeks.
Mexican Art Exhibit Draws 1st Generation Latino Families
The Dallas Museum of Art is exploring 50 years of Mexican art. The exhibit features works from iconic artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. KERA’s Jessica Diaz-Hurtado reports first generation Latino families are excited to see their rich cultural history.