Immigration

Border & Immigration
12:22 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A New Facility For Immigrants In Texas Is Trying To Be More Residence Than Detention Center

The exterior of the Karnes County Residential Center. Formerly the Civil Detention Center
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

In the past U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has faced harsh criticism for conditions at its immigration detention facilities. But they are hoping to change that with a new kind of center in Karnes County, Texas.

Officials are calling it "residential" rather than "detention."

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Border & Immigration
2:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Border Mayors Say They Need Humanitarian Support, Not Troops

Clothing bags prepared to distribute to immigrants by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Mayors from three communities on the Texas border are calling on Congress to pass some type of spending bill to help care for the influx of women and children coming from Central America.

The mayors from McAllen, Edinburg and Brownsville are calling for fewer troops and more compassion.

Mayor Richard Garcia of Edinburg said his city has not seen an increase in crime related to the influx in border crossings.

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Border & Immigration
2:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

State Health Official Says No Cause For Alarm Regarding Immunization For Migrant Children

A border detention facility in the Rio Grande Valley.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

The head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission told a select committee of state lawmakers he is not as concerned about the spread of disease related to unaccompanied minors coming into the state from Central America.  

One of the state’s roles in these children’s lives has to do with screening the children who are headed to group homes or foster care.

Texas HHS Executive Director Dr. Kyle Janek said they screen these children because of the possibility of them being integrated in the Texas school system.

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Border Security
4:26 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Lawmakers Question Cost Effectiveness Of DPS, Texas National Guard Border Surge

DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw (at far end of table, speaking) addresses the select committee.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Texas lawmakers are questioning the heads of state agencies about the overall cost analysis related to the influx of border crossings. The legislative committee is charged with determining the short-term and potential long-term financial impact that could cost taxpayers $17 million per month.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

U.S. 'Border Crisis' In A Global Context

Immigrants receive food and water after disembarking from an Italian military ship on July 19, 2014 in the port of Salerno, southern Italy, following rescue operations at sea. (Mario Laporta/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 9:30 am

The so-called “border crisis” has been front and center in U.S. political debates in recent months, with the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors entering the country.

But some say what the U.S. is seeing is dwarfed by the massive flow of refugees into other countries, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Italy. In Italy, there has been a sharp rise in migrant landings in the recent weeks, with hundreds of migrants now being intercepted each day.

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Border & Immigration
7:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Immigrants run to jump on a train in Ixtepec, Mexico, during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been crossing the border.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 10:26 am

Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.

The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. The GOP-led House may act on just a fraction of that request, setting up a clash with the Democratic-led Senate.

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Texas Matters
3:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Congress Still Has No Solution To Border Humanitarian Crisis

For border detention centers such as this one, a solution for the humanitarian border crisis can't come quickly enough.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As Congress comes up on summer break there is still no solid solution in place for what to do with the unaccompanied minors coming into Texas. There are several plans up for proposal but even Texas Democrats disagree with each other. Also on this show: According to one report, the number of abortions in Texas has dropped since last year's passage of a new abortion law.

Congress running out of time for border/immigration solution

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Border & Immigration
3:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical

Lackland dorms where the unaccompanied minors from Central America are being housed.
Credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

An internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) found 63% of the Central American children being housed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.

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Border & Immigration
5:36 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

Police officers separate demonstrators on opposing sides of the immigration debate outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on July 4.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:28 pm

Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation's biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life.

In a Gallup survey released last week, 17 percent volunteered immigration as America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership.

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Border & Immigration
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas

State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.

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