A new U.S. Census report shows a growing number of U.S. residents speak a language at home other than English as the level of English proficiency in the nation holds steady.
The report, Language Use in the United States: 2011, says the percentage of people speaking a non-English language increased from 19.7 percent in 2007 to 20.8 percent in 2011. 58 percent of U.S. residents that speak a foreign language at home also speak English very well.
*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.
Texas Matters: The proposal to carry out a "border surge" as part of Congress' immigration overhaul could turn areas of Texas along the Mexico border into a militarized zone. Also on this episode: Texas and the Affordable Care Act, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken, and Kolten Parker, a reporter in the San Antonio Express-News Austin bureau, talks about DPS and jars of feces.
Fronteras: How environmental concerns stack up against border security as Congress considers adding more fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the outdoor jail that has become a symbol of the law enforcement style of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Hopi Nation in northern Arizona is in the middle of what advocates call a domestic violence epidemic. Also, why the chilies in your favorite hot sauce may give you more of a kick than you bargained for.
Bloomberg News is reporting that when House lawmakers leave Washington this week for a five week break they’ll be buttonholed at public events — even hounded at the grocery store — by advocates for and against immigration reform.
Beefing up border security is one flashpoint.
The Senate has passed a $46 billion plan to double the number of agents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and add more cameras, sensors, drones and fencing.
Fronteras: San Diego is the number one entry point for Mexican methamphetamine making its way to cities and towns across the U.S. The Honor Guard does more than post and salute the flag at a funeral, this week they are standing vigil with the 19 fallen firefighters in Prescott, Arizona. Also, border agents are having to race to find lost migrants in the desert who are sick and some are dying from the heat.
Former President George W. Bush welcomed 20 immigrants from 12 countries as U.S. citizens this morning, hailing the historic contributions of newcomers and calling for a "benevolent spirit" in the debate over immigration reform.
Texas Matters: The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.
Fronteras: Homicides have spiked recently in Tijuana. Texas law enforcement officials say cartel activity is spreading to large cities. We look at how wait times at the border affect bi-national trade. Also on this show: The first of a two part series on the U.S.-born children of deported immigrants and the challenge to reunited them with their parents.
The Texas Agriculture Commissioner is pushing congressional leaders to suspend contracts with Mexico if the country doesn't release water owed to Texas farmers and ranchers.
Mexico is required to release 1.8 million acre-feet of water every five years to the U.S. from six tributaries that feed into the Rio Grande. In exchange, the U.S. delivers water from the Colorado River to Mexico, but under the current agreement Mexico has left South Texas farmers dry, owing the state over 350,000 acre-feet of water.
The Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill is set to hit the floor next week with an anticipated lengthy debate and amendment process. One Texas senator is calling for a complete border security before many of the provisions in the bill can take effect.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, calls it the Results Amendment. It’s a long list of provisions that must be met before green cards and citizenship can be offered to undocumented immigrants. He said the key is 100 percent situational awareness of the southern border