Immigration

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Almost 500 women and children asylum seekers from Central America are being bused into San Antonio on Monday.  They’ve been abruptly released from nearby immigration detention centers.


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President-Elect Donald Trump told voters he plans to cancel some executive orders approved by President Obama. That could include an immigration policy that gives tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in Texas temporary deportation relief and work authorization. Texas Public Radio reports those recipients of ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ or DACA now face an uncertain future.

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During his presidential campaign Donald Trump promised to kill a number of initiatives President Obama has put into place.  TPR’s Shelley Kofler talked with two political consultants – a Democrat and a Republican – about how Texas might be affected if President Trump follows through.  They don’t always agree on whether Texas would be better off or worse.  But they do agree the impact on our state could be significant. 

It's easy to believe in a definitive American immigration story. So much of this country's mythos is built on that idea. ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ...") It foretells a fairy tale ending where parents have worked hard, sacrificed much, and settled their children into the new country. The family has assimilated, and the life that came before is a distant memory.

But it's more complicated than that. The telling of immigration stories exposes a rich array of experiences: loss, longing, duality, triumph and contradiction.

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