On Fronteras: We visit a Tijuana breakfast hall from which many deported folks try to figure out how to return to the U.S. An estimated 5,000 children of deported parents are wards of the state. When those parents are in Mexico, it can be difficult to convince social workers and judges across the border to reinstate custody. HUD is threatening to take back Navajo housing dollars.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the immigration reform bill being debated in the Senate could reduce federal budget deficits by nearly $900 billion over the next twenty years. From our Fronteras Desk, Jill Replogle has more.
Since 2009, the Obama Administration has deported 1.5 million people. Even after being kicked out of the U.S., many have hopes of returning. Adrian Florido visited a breakfast hall in Tijuana where many deportees try to figure out how to get back.
Just last year the Obama Administration deported 400,000 people from the U.S. They’re often dropped off with little money, few belongings and no ties to cities such as Tijuana. Adrian Florido continues our discussion on life after deportation.
The Navajo Housing Authority receives about $80 million a year to build much needed housing on the reservation. But there’s a huge backlog. $430 million are sitting in the bank -- unspent. Very recently the Department of Housing and Urban Development threatened the tribe to spend it or they’ll start taking it back. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales explains that came as a big surprise.
Deported parents have an especially difficult challenge when their U.S. citizen children become wards of the state. From Mexico, they must prove to social workers and family court judges across the border, in the U.S., that they're fit parents. Jill Replogle from our Fronteras Desk introduces us to one couple on a long quest to have their children reunited with them in Tijuana.