border issues

Border & Immigration
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas

State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.

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Fronteras
12:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Texas Border City A Model For Solar Power

The Acacia Solar Plant in Presidio, TX has allowed this border city to put more power onto the electric grid than it takes off.
Travis Bubenik KRTS

Fronteras: The USDA has lifted a ban on inspectors working in Mexico, which could invigorate a cattle trade that has been hurt in both countries. We look at how one border city provides a model for solar power in Texas. State health officials have alerted the CDC about conditions in border facilities where thousands of Central American minors are being detained. Commentator Yvette Benavides takes us inside an immigration court room in San Antonio where these children and teens are making their cases.

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Border & Immigration
1:21 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crossings, Coyotes And Children At The Border

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on July 15, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. (Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:47 pm

There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks from both parties in Washington about the politics of immigration. It’s been called both an invasion and a humanitarian crisis, and the two sides differ on what to do about the 57,000 children who have crossed the border.

NPR’s John Burnett has been talking to these children and he joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti from Los Angeles to share their stories.

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Border Security
1:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Abbott Preparing Federal Lawsuit To Recoup State Border Security Expenses

Greg Abbott (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz toured the Lackland facilities holding unaccompanied minors on June 23.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the total bill for state-provided border security could run upwards of $50 million. Abbott is gathering this information for a federal lawsuit to recoup those expenses.

Abbott said $50 million is an early estimate that his office is using to weigh a possible legal challenge against the Obama administration should the president refuse to reimburse Texas.

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2014 Election
1:03 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Van De Putte Campaign Rolls Out First Paid Ad, Praises DPS Action Along The Border

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte has rolled out a new online ad praising the Texas Department of Public Safety’s efforts along the border.

While ad talks about the efforts by the DPS to keep this surge of immigrant children safe, it also points to the difference between her response to the situation and Dan Patrick's, her opponent in the lieutenant governor race.

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Texas Matters
2:40 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Militia Groups Stand Firm On Providing Border Security

Texas Matters: A Texas militia group takes border security into their own hands. Also on this show: Bill Powers out at University of Texas, Phil Collins on why he loves the Alamo.

Segment 1

Members of a militia group have issued an action alert and have gathered south of San Antonio for what they call Operation Secure our Border. The commander of the militia group is 37-year-old Chris Davis. This interview was recorded on July 3.

Who watches the militiamen?

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Immigration
11:13 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Perry Urges Congress To Put Pressure On Mexico To Curtail Flow Of Immigrants To U.S.

While Texas is on the front lines of caring for the women and children surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol, pressure is mounting on Congress to come up with a lasting plan.
Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.   

Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.

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The Source - July 2, 2014
1:18 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Source: 50,000 Children And Counting

Youth in Honduras gathering around to share a free meal.
David Martin Davies TPR News

More than 50,000 minors have entered the U.S. from Central America and long-term answers to the current humanitarian crisis on the border are hard to come by. 

Much finger wagging is happening and blame is being assigned, but what are the current needs of these youth right now? What are some possible solutions?

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Border & Immigration
10:54 am
Mon June 30, 2014

While Poverty & Gangs Push, Opportunity Draws Honduran Children To The U.S.

A passerby reads the day's bloody headlines in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

President Obama is requesting that Congress authorize $2 billion and special powers to deal with the surge of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

In record numbers the children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and overwhelming the U.S. system after being apprehended at the Texas border. Most are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, but Honduras is the leading source country.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

From The Streets Of Honduras, A Look At What Is Driving Thousands Of Children To The U.S.

A group of American missionaries help feed the children living on the streets in Comayagüela, Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Thousands of unaccompanied children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and being apprehended at the Texas border. They are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – but Honduras is the main source.

As night seizes Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the streets of one of the capital city’s toughest neighborhoods, Comayagüela, are virtually deserted. Most people here know that it’s not safe for anyone to be caught out alone at night. This is where the killer gangs are notorious.

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