Immigration

U.S. Congress
10:35 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Congressman Gallego Outlines Priorities For South San Antonio

Former Congressman Charlie Gonzalez congratulates Pete Gallego on his win in last year's November election.
David Martin Davies TPR

U.S. Congressman Pete Gallego reported to members of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce on his own legislative agenda for that section of his broad district.

The South Side of San Antonio has grown since the Base Realignment Commission (BRAC), the opposite of what most people in the mid 1990s thought would happen.

What once were fields surrounding Brooks and Kelly Air Force Bases are now buzzing centers of energy surrounding the new Brooks City Base and Port San Antonio.

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Texas Legislature - Immigration
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Texas Legislators Urge President & Congress To Act On Immigration

The White House

Republicans are signing on to state legislation that urges the federal government to create a roadmap to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

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The Source - May 1, 2013
6:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Source: Payday Lending's Big Influence At The Capitol

http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/how-payday-loans-work-85899452693
pewstates.org

In the first segment:

It appears that regardless of what passes or doesn't pass in the legislature this month, the San Antonio city ordinance on payday lenders in San Antonio will remain.

According to Texans for Public Justice, an anti-corruption advocacy nonprofit, payday lenders had more than $3.7 million in donations to state lawmaker campaigns since 2010.  

The organization says the payday loan lobby is fueling a "tepid" set of reforms.  

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Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Immigration Reform Leaders Tackle Border Security

Veterans for Peace demonstrate against using drones for domestic surveillance August 2012.
Fronteras

Fronteras: Before any immigration reform can happen, Homeland Security needs to prove the border is secure. Some border residents say that's just a numbers game. We also take a critical look at border drones and how proposed immigration reform is giving new hope for family reunions in Mexico. Also,the professional sports teams in Phoenix are trying to cultivate new fans across the border.

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Immigration Reform
4:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Castro Predicts Immigration Reform Will Pass This Summer

Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro (right), here on the Charlie Rose Show, have become leading voices for immigration reform.
Charlie Rose Show

The so-called Gang-of-Eight are still working to hammer out an immigration reform bill, despite criticism from conservatives who call it a "bad bill."

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is looking forward to seeing a comprehensive immigration package this year. He said he believes the bi-partisan group will be able to meet the standards that constituents expect.

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Fronteras Desk
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Stories Of Families Separated By Deportation

An American boy walks down a street in Guanajuato, Mexico with his father, a deported Mexican national.
Erin Siegal McIntyre

As Congress debates future guest worker programs, unresolved issues remain with both current and past guest workers. Also on the show: A multi-part series on deportation. We look at the children left behind when parents are deported and what happens to the kids deported by the United States.

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Fronteras Desk
1:16 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

New Mexico Debating Whether To Accept Washington's Nuclear Waste

A handmade card shows opposition to nuclear waste traveling along New Mexico highways to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.
Elaine Baumgartel KUNM

Fronteras: For several decades mules have delivered mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but now the company that runs the mule train plans to stop the package service. Plans to ship nuclear waste from leaky tanks in the state of Washington to New Mexico are stirring up an old debate about the storage of toxic waste. Also, filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño tells us about his latest work, which  is fueled by his earliest memories of being horrified by religious images.

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Immigration Reform
10:48 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Border Security Bill Calls For Increased Effort From Homeland Security

Border security is a vital part of immigration reform for both sides to reach an agreement.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Sen. John Cornyn and Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, have introduced a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a national strategy  plan to secure the border.

The Border Security Results Act of 2013 would require Homeland Security to develop and implement such a plan within 180 days of its passage and report periodically to congress.

McCaul cited points of entry near Tucson and San Diego as secure crossings, but said the entire border needs the same reinforcement.

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The Source - April 10, 2013
6:41 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Source: Water, Immigration, And Politics

Char Miller's new book "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest."

In the first segment:

Author and former professor of urban studies at Trinity University Char Miller talks about his newest book "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest."

The noted essayist compiles many of his pieces into this collection to discuss the top issues affecting his former home. Miller is now the W.M. Keck professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College

Miller will be attending the Texas Book Festival this weekend downtown.

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Texas Business
2:20 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Marchers at the state capitol building in Austin, Texas, in February protest working conditions in the state's construction sector.
Jason Cato Courtesy of Workers Defense Project

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 12:12 pm

Like almost everything in the Texas, the construction industry in the Lone Star State is big. One in every 13 workers here is employed in the state's $54 billion-per-year construction industry.

Homebuilding and commercial construction may be an economic driver for the state, but it's also an industry riddled with hazards. Years of illegal immigration have pushed wages down, and accidents and wage fraud are common. Of the nearly 1 million workers laboring in construction here, approximately half are undocumented.

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