Asylum

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will partner to prosecute anyone illegally crossing the southwest border and separate children from parents.

H. Drew Galloway

On this episode of Fronteras:

  • Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio look to address the needs of undocumented students.
  • San Antonio students find support at UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center, which provides assistance to undocumented students (3:12).
  • Asylum seekers are being denied their legal rights at U.S. detention centers (13:35).
  • Thousands of refugees take advantage of a legal loophole to cross the northern border from the U.S. to Canada (16:32).


From Texas Standard:

President Donald Trump took office a year ago promising to ramp up border security. New data from the Hope Border Institute and the Borderland Immigration Council show the situation for asylum-seekers has gotten worse. The U.S. can’t turn away migrants who express fear of persecution; they're legally entitled to a screening interview to see if they qualify for asylum. But new data show asylum-seekers are being denied those interviews and being mistreated, both at the border and while in detention.

Photo courtesy Sonia Nazario

Fronteras: Some Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies in Arizona have agreed to go through a round of cultural training to help curb tensions with indigenous and Latino residents. Some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing a new ad by Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who is gay. Authorities are seeing a huge increase in Central American asylum-seekers at the nation's borders. Also, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about the surge in immigrants from Central America.