On Fronteras: Tens of thousands of Central American children are waiting to see how the country will respond to their immigration cases. We hear from an organization helping these minors in San Antonio navigate the complex immigration legal system. Summer time can mean fun in the great outdoors, but everything doesn’t always go as planned. On the show, a story of friendship and teamwork that began during a flash flood at a Texas river.
Legal Aid Group Helping Immigrant Minors in San Antonio
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas say they will be closely monitoring the area of the border occupied by an armed militia known online as Operation Secure Our Border.
Denise Freedman with Operation Secure Our Borders, a collection of armed militias who are planning to patrol an area of the border near Laredo, said they are searching for immigrants coming to the United States through Texas.
“At this particular point we are going to be working on private land, but that is subject to change as law enforcement become willing to work with us,” Freedman said.
President Obama meets with Texas Governor Rick Perry and other state leaders today about the child immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, a day after proposing $3.7 billion dollars to try to solve the problem.
Today’s meeting is taking place in Dallas, hundreds of miles from where a wave of unaccompanied children from Central America are turning themselves in to border agents.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is facing criticism for a plan to house children crossing the border from Mexico illegally. He says they could be housed at a local middle school, an alternative education building and a warehouse at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Jenkins is a Democrat and Republicans are blasting him over the plan, saying the local school system and health care delivery system will be overtaxed by people who won’t be able to contribute to that cost.
Today President Obama asked for $3.7 billion to deal with large numbers of immigrants entering the country at our southern border. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and more than a 100,000 adults have crossed our southern border so far this year, already exceeding last years number with months to go.
Texas Matters: A radio documentary investigating the increase in the number of immigrant refugees, many of them unaccompanied minors, that are turning up at the Texas-Mexico border. The greatest percentage of migrant youth are coming from Honduras.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.
Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.
On Independence Day, ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies of new citizens are traditional — a celebration of the country's past and its evolving future. On Friday, 7,500 people from across the country will take the Oath of Allegiance and become naturalized U.S. citizens.
Most foreign citizens who live in the U.S. are here legally but are not citizens. So on the anniversary of the day when Americans declared themselves no longer subjects of the King of England, what does citizenship means to those who do choose to naturalize?