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4:27 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Do More Boots On The Border Equal Security?

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:22 pm

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When President Obama announced sweeping changes to the immigration system, this was the first thing on his list.

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Radio Diaries
11:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

50 Years Ago, A Fluid Border Made The U.S. 1 Square Mile Smaller

President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Di­az Ordaz, with their wives, celebrate the dedication of the Chamizal Monument in Juarez, Mexico, on Oct. 28, 1967. The monument signified the international boundary marker between the two countries, designated in 1964.
Yoichi Okam Courtesy of the LBJ Presidential Library

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 10:11 am

Fifty years ago, the United States shrank by a single square mile. It all happened where the Rio Grande divides El Paso and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico.

Ever since Texas became a state, the river has been the border between the two countries. But rivers can move — and that's exactly what happened in 1864, when torrential rains caused it to jump its banks and go south. Suddenly the border was in a different place, and Texas had gained 700 acres of land called the Chamizal (pronounced chah-mee-ZAHL), so named for a type of plant that grew there.

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Border & Immigration
5:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Texas National Guard Denies Soldiers Going Hungry At The Border

  The Texas National Guard is refuting news reports that its troops sent to the border to assist in Operation Strong Safety have been going to the food banks because they can’t afford to eat.

Responding to claims by the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank that 50 members of the National Guard had requested food assistance, the National Guard office in Austin says it has internal provisions for Guard members that have financial hardship.

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Fronteras
2:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

HBO Latino Featuring Rosie Castro, The Woman Behind Julian & Joaquin

Then-Mayor Julián (right) and newly elected Congressman Joaquín Castro appeared on the Charlie Rose Show in December 2012 as they were both primed for national attention as Latino leaders of the future.
Charlie Rose Show

Fronteras: San Antonio is trying to figure how to regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This week, we look at how Uber is faring in San Diego. Rosie Castro was a trailblazer for Latino politicians, which includes her twin sons, Julián and Joaquín. Rosie will be featured on HBO Latino this fall. She joins us on Fronteras to talk about her early activism days, her sons’ political careers and more.

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Fronteras
2:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Camp Texas: Giving Kids A Lesson In Hunting Culture, And Patience

Camper Miguel Millan shot a pig shortly after nightfall on one of his last days at camp. He had missed a few hours earlier and was about to quit for the night.
Jim Tuttle News21

Fronteras: One of the busiest areas for the U.S. Border Patrol is the Rio Grande Valley sector. We speak to a border patrol agent from there about everything from Central American migrants, border security to armed militias complicating things on the Texas border. Also, we hear about a summer camp in Texas near College Station, where children learn how to hunt. Campers learn about safety and hunt animals on private exotic game ranches.
 

NCLR Says Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Latinos, Economy

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Texas Matters
2:23 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Border Residents Concerned With Militarization, Refute Notion Of "Open Border"

A U.S. Border Patrol watch tower overlooking the entrance of the Anzaldua's County Park near Mission, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

During the hearing on border security a number of people testified about their experiences on the border and their stories varied widely enough to make one wonder if they were all talking about the same Texas Mexico border.

Michael Seifert was one of the many witnesses and he gave testimony about his concerns of the growing militarization of the border. Seifert is a community activist and a longtime resident of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Texas Moving Forward With Border Troop Surge

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

State lawmakers on the Texas House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security seem to be committed to “more boots on ground” when comes to the state-led border security operation.

Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw told lawmakers that since the surge began they have been able to decrease the amount of crime happening at the border by 56%. But he said at some point he would like DPS to get out of the border business.

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The Source - August 8, 2014
10:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

The Source: Getting Our Border Facts Straight

David Martin Davies TPR News

A lot has been said about the humanitarian crisis on the border, and a lot of it has been false. 

Kids fleeing the violence of their home countries numbering over 57,000 in the past 10 months have sparked a national conversation about the country's immigration system. Teasing truth from fiction is the only way to have a meaningful understanding of what is happening to our south.

We explore some of the big claims that have proved false thus far:

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Border & Immigration
11:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:22 am

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps.

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Border & Immigration
2:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Border Mayors Say They Need Humanitarian Support, Not Troops

Clothing bags prepared to distribute to immigrants by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Mayors from three communities on the Texas border are calling on Congress to pass some type of spending bill to help care for the influx of women and children coming from Central America.

The mayors from McAllen, Edinburg and Brownsville are calling for fewer troops and more compassion.

Mayor Richard Garcia of Edinburg said his city has not seen an increase in crime related to the influx in border crossings.

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