border issues

Texas Matters
4:13 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Tries To Deal With Surge In Immigrants, Refugees

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As Texas politicians continue to put the federal government under fire to do something about border security and the recent immigrant surge, what is happening to those who are already here or those who continue to come? Also on this show: On Juneteenth, Texas before racial equality.

Humanitarian crisis at the border

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Border & Immigration
11:45 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Prepares Border 'Surge'

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. This location has been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:43 pm

Gov. Rick Perry has signed a plan to spend an extra $1.3 million each week for the rest of the year to bolster efforts to patrol his state’s border with Mexico, as officials on the border report a spike in immigration, especially of unaccompanied children.

Republicans, such as state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, are cheering the idea. But Democratic state Sen. Jose Rodriguez is against what he calls further militarization of the border.

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Border & Immigration
9:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Straus, Perry & Dewhurst Sign Off On $1.3 Million Per Week DPS Border Security Push

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have signed off on a plan pledging $1.3 million per week for the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide border security. But some are criticizing the state for not using the money strictly for humanitarian efforts.

The recent surge of immigrants coming into Texas, among them tens of thousands of unaccompanied children, has the U.S. Border Patrol in a crisis mode.

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Border & Immigration
4:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Petition Gov. Perry For Special Sesson On Border Security

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

A group of state lawmakers concerned with the surge of unaccompanied minors making their way to Texas are petitioning Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session to address the issue. But the governor is showing no sign that he will oblige.

A group of state lawmakers have draw up some estimates of what it would cost the state to use Department of Public Safety state troopers to run 24/7 border operations: about $67 million. One of the only ways to get the money appropriated is for the governor to call a special session.

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Texas Matters
2:17 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Border Trust & The Democratic Primary Runoff For U.S. Senate

Early voting for the 2014 primary runoff starts Monday, May 19.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Texas Matters: How much information should DPS and border patrol share with landowners along the Texas-Mexico border? The primary runoff for U.S. Senate in the Democratic Party is between two candidates with little statewide name recognition: One is a party establishment outsider who wants to impeach the president and the other is an entrepreneur who is originally from Lebanon.

Border surge intelligence debate

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Fronteras
3:12 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid College Week, Experts Say Higher Educational Attainment Still Low In Bexar County

First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at The University of Texas at San Antonio Friday for College Week.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: About two months ago the world’s most wanted drug trafficker, Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured in a joint operation and Mexico won’t even consider sending Guzmán to face charges in the U.S. It's been about a year since a formal border crossing linking Big Bend National Park and the tiny Mexican village of Boquillas del Carmen was re-opened. The economy there had been suffering but now that tourist dollars have started flowing south again hopes are high in the tourist town. Also, this is College Week in San Antonio.

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Music
1:10 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Borderland Music: Songs From The U.S.-Mexico Frontera

Ricky Munoz, lead singer of Intocalbe, performs in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border, is inspired by Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:01 am

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Border Security
9:27 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Leaders At DPS And Texas National Guard Say Border Crime Is Getting Worse

 A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.

Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, about their operations along the border. 

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Fronteras
1:40 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Feast of San Sebastian: A Dark Tale Of Human Trafficking In Puerto Rico

La Perla community in Puerto Rico.
Jonathan Marcantoni

Fronteras: One of the fastest growing cities in the Southwest is squeezing out pronghorn antelope. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico through a dam that usually stops it. Some estimates show that the Obama administration has hit two million deportations, which is prompting protests across the country. Also, we speak to San Antonio Author Jonathan Marcantoni about his book, "The Feast of San Sebastian," human trafficking in Puerto Rico and his Puerto Rican identity.

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Texas Politics
12:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Texas Republicans Split On Immigrant Guest Worker Program In Party Platform

David Martin Davies TPR News

There is a stir among Texas Republicans on whether or not the party will keep a guest worker program as part of its campaign platform when the party meets in June.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has long been a proponent of what has been labeled a "Texas solution," which would allow undocumented workers without a criminal record to remain in Texas for a job.

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