4:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Born In The U.S. But Turned Back At The Border, Time After Time

Maria Isabel de la Paz, a U.S. citizen, was twice turned away when trying to enter the U.S. legally. When she attempted an illegal crossing, her case was decided by a Border Patrol agent, not an immigration judge.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Maria Isabel de la Paz is a 30-year-old Houstonian who works at a Chick-fil-A. She holds the distinction of being a U.S. citizen who was prevented for a dozen years from entering the United States.

Her case is at the heart of what immigrant advocates say is wrong with U.S. immigration enforcement — that deportations are increasingly being handled by federal agents at the border, rather than in immigration court. The practice is not necessarily illegal, but critics say it is fundamentally unfair.

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Around the Nation
5:07 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Some Deportees Return To Mexico But Their Stuff Stays In The U.S.

A woman walks toward the international crossing gate in Nogales, Ariz., in March 2013.
Jahi Chikwendiu Washington Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:34 pm

Derek Lucas Reyes, 20, went from being undocumented in the U.S. to undocumented in his native Mexico.

He sits at a table after breakfast in a shelter filled with people recently deported from the U.S. to Nogales, Sonora. At his feet is a paper shopping bag the Department of Homeland Security gave him for his belongings. Inside the bag: his deportation paperwork, a toothbrush, toothpaste and some other necessities he got from Mexican aid workers.

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Immigration Executive Order
9:24 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Perry Orders All State Agencies Use E-Verify System

Governor Rick Perry with Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

In response to President Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, Rick Perry has issued his own executive action, requiring that all state agencies verify the immigration status of all employees working for the state through private contractors.

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Border & Immigration
4:59 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

RAICES Steps Up Immigration Information

Potential applicants for the president's immigration plan listen to his speech on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Credit Mohammad Abdollahi / RAICES


Hundreds of people in San Antonio and South Texas are expected to have questions about what to do next, now that President Obama has laid out his immigration plan.

Texas Public Radio’s Eileen Pace reports a local organization has been expanding its services in the wake of the president’s speech a little over a week ago:

Jonathan Ryan, Director of The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services – or RAICES – says RAICES has been answering questions on Spanish-language telethons where attorneys spent three days last week fielding phone calls.

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NPR Story
4:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Sheriff Expects Fewer Deportations

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, pictured here at a news conference on Jan. 25, 2013, says he expects fewer deportations — and thinks that's a good thing. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 1:42 pm

President Obama, as part of his executive actions last week, is doing away with a controversial law enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

Under Secure Communities, undocumented immigrants picked up by local police for even minor violations could be held in custody and eventually deported if their fingerprints matched a federal immigration database.

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2:20 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

UTSA Student On Being “DACAmented”

UTSA junior Diego Mancha
Crystal Chavez

On Fronteras:

-- Diego Mancha is a UT San Antonio student. His mother brought him to this country illegally as a child. About two years ago, Diego was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — or DACA — status. He says it changed his life. We’ll hear his story.

-- We’ll also meet a North Texas high school student from Guatemala, who’s juggling school and work. It’s worth it all to her, as she’s getting a fresh start after escaping violence back home.

-- Also, Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides shares childhood memories of Thanksgiving Day. She tells us about the interesting way her father scored the family table’s centerpiece.

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Immigration Executive Order
4:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Abbott Hints At Potential Lawsuit Against President Obama Over Immigration

In his final days as the state’s attorney general, Greg Abbott is gearing up for a fight against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. Abbott outlined some of ways he feels the president overreached his executive authority.

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4:53 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

How One Family Is Reacting To Obama's Immigration Plan

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:06 pm

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Immigration Reform
6:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Too Much Or Too Little? Presidential Action Leaves People Divided

A group of concerned citizens await the for the livestream to start at Divine Redeemer Presbyterian on the westside
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Texas Attorney-General and Governor-elect, Greg Abbott, said he planned to sue the Obama administration in response to Thursday’s executive action by the President on immigration. There are others, though, who were happier with the President, but not quite satisfied.

A group of 25 people watched the White House’s live streaming of the Presidential address, at the Divine Redeemer Presbyterian on the Westside.

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2:09 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Executive Action On Immigration, Mexican Murders, And A "Richest-Poor" Neighborhood on Fronteras

A child peers through a window facing a City Heights alley, Oct. 21, 2014
Katie Schoolov

On Fronteras:

-- President Obama has kept his promise. He took executive action on the nation’s immigration laws. We get reaction from San Antonio, Texas.

-- Anguish is mounting over the Mexican government’s response to the collective murders of 43 college students. The protests aren’t letting up and there’s a sense that this incident has started a movement that is going to stick.

-- We’ll hear how one school district in north Texas is educating a growing number of immigrant children, whose primary language isn’t English.

-City Heights could be San Diego’s “richest-poor” neighborhood. There’s been decades of philanthropic investment there. Two foundations have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars in City Heights since 2000. So what's become of all that money? Are its residents better off?

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