border issues

From Texas Standard.

About 250 Texas National Guard troops have deployed to the Texas-Mexico border. Texas’ Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll eventually send more than 1,000. But even with the state’s leadership so supportive of any appearance of cracking down on illegal immigration, are the Guard troops really doing immigration enforcement? And how do folks who already work on border law enforcement perceive the influx of military personnel?

Jose Mares came to the United States when he was 8 years old. Now 39, he lives in his native Mexico, but when he arrived he hardly recognized his birth country. He calls the U.S. his home.

Mares was deported last year — separating the single father from his 18-year-old daughter at the time.

Elma Gonzalez

This week on Fronteras:

  • A look back on the effects of the Trump administration’s U.S.-Mexico border policies in 2017.
  • How a San Antonio artist is transforming a busy neighborhood intersection with a sculpture that has meaning for its residents (8:41).
  • An American Indian author and illustrator takes children on an adventure in his new book (14:24).
  • Latina superheroes serve as role models to inspire young girls (18.27).


The U.S./Mexico border has been called “a leaking wound” by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. In South Texas, that wound bleeds immigrants, drugs and violence. 

Author Stephanie Elizondo Griest spent a decade looking at all aspects of the border – religion, drugs, immigration -- and not just in her native South Texas, but all along the U.S./Canadian border. And despite being separated by 2,000 miles, Elizondo Griest found that the northern and southern borderlands have more in common than not. 

TPR's Norma Martinez had a chance to talk to the author about her latest book, “All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands.”


Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, spoke in San Antonio Wednesday about border issues.

 

He praised San Antonio for being what he called “extremely active” during NAFTA negations two decades ago. He did say, though, that he wishes he’d heard more from the state of Texas about the importance of its relationship with Mexico in recent years.

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