Immigration

Elma Gonzalez

This week on Fronteras:

  • A look back on the effects of the Trump administration’s U.S.-Mexico border policies in 2017.
  • How a San Antonio artist is transforming a busy neighborhood intersection with a sculpture that has meaning for its residents (8:41).
  • An American Indian author and illustrator takes children on an adventure in his new book (14:24).
  • Latina superheroes serve as role models to inspire young girls (18.27).


During his first year in office, President Trump has taken a strikingly different approach to immigration policy than his predecessors.

"We haven't had an administration that saw immigration primarily as a burden and a threat to the country," said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington. He thinks most Americans disagree with the White House about that. Still, Selee thinks the administration is "driving the conversation in new ways we hadn't seen under Republicans or Democrats before."

Martin do Nascimento / KUT News

This week on Fronteras:

  • Border Patrol agents go through extremes on the job, ranging from extreme boredom to high-stress situations. 0:00
  • Some immigrant laborers who responded to Harvey don’t get paid.  4:05

  • Bi-partisan support in Texas for new DREAM Act legislation to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program from deportation.  5:43

  • A study on discrimination shows many Latinos weren’t encouraged to pursue higher education. 8:20

  • A  binational study of heart disease is looking at how it affects people of Mexican ancestry. 13:23


Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

Under recent changes by the Trump administration, the future of immigration policy in the United States is becoming more complicated, perplexing many, including citizens, residents with temporary legal status and those seeking to enter the country.    


Valery Pozo still gets angry thinking about it. It was about a decade ago, and the immigrant communities in her hometown, Salt Lake City, were on edge because of recent immigration enforcement raids in the area. Pozo's mother, an immigrant from Peru, was on the sidelines at her son's soccer game when another parent asked whether she was "illegal."

"To me, that was clearly a racist question and a racist assumption," Pozo recalled.

But her mother saw it as a harmless comment, despite Pozo's best efforts to convince her that it was something bigger.

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