On Fronteras: We look at border security and how the Texas gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, differ on deploying National Guard troops to the border. This report is part of a series called Five Days in October, by KERA, The Dallas Morning News and NBC5. Three Central American families seeking asylum in the United States saw the outside of the Karnes County Residential Center for the first time in two months. We bring you their story. We speak to San Antonio writer, Ito Romo, about his collection of brutally candid short stories,"The Border is Burning." In addition, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of The Dead, is around the corner. We get a behind-the-scenes look at how a new animated film centered on the holiday made it to the big screen.
This week, KERA, The Dallas Morning News and NBC5 produced a series of reports called Five Days in October. Each day, they looked at where the leading candidates for Texas governor stand on the biggest issues facing Texas. On this episode of Fronteras, hear the report focusing on border security. Stella Chavez looks at how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis differ on deploying National Guard troops along the Texas border.
This week, three families seeking asylum in the U.S. from Central America saw the outside of the Karnes County Residential Center for the first time in two months. The center is an immigrant detention facility for women and children.
Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd was there to document the moment and he spoke with one of the freed women about her journey.
“The Border is Burning” Short Stories Paint Hard Truths About Border Life
The Texas-Mexico border is an area that generates plenty of headlines. It is also the inspiration for a fairly sizeable body of fiction based on those headlines. One such, is a collection of stark, evocative short stories, “The Border is Burning,” by San Antonio writer Ito Romo. Romo is a professor of literature at St. Mary’s University. He is the current visiting writer at Our Lady of the Lake University’s MA/MFA program in literature, creative writing and social justice.
Romo will have a reading on the campus of Our Lady of the Lake University on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Providence West Social Room. Texas Public Radio’s Yvette Benavides spoke to Romo about his book and his relationship with the border.
The Day of the Dead holiday is a chance for families to reminisce and remember the lives of loved ones who’ve passed on. The idea of crossing over into some other existence captured the imagination of animator Jorge Gutierrez. He created a 3-D film about the Day of the Dead. It’s Gutierrez’s first full- length feature and he managed to convince an Oscar-winning Hollywood filmmaker to produce it. NPR’s Mandalit del Barco has their story, which first aired on NPR’s Morning Edition earlier this week.