Immigration

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

It was two summers ago that we saw the tremendous surge of unaccompanied minors and young mothers with children crossing the Rio Grande. They were fleeing out of control gang violence in Central America and surrendering to the first border agent they could find. The numbers of the children and women overwhelmed the immigration system.


Mayte Lara Ibarra and Larissa Martinez had just finished their senior year of high school when they each decided to go public with their immigration status. Both Texas students came to the U.S. illegally, and they didn't want to keep that fact a secret any longer.

Ibarra identified herself on Twitter as one of the 65,000 undocumented youth who graduate high school in the U.S. Martinez revealed her status in the commencement speech she delivered at graduation.

Their actions sparked support and pointed criticism. That was more than a month ago.

Jean Guerrero / KPBS Public Radio

Following are stories airing this week on Texas Public Radio's "Fronteras."

·         There’s a processing backlog at the southern California border where Haitian immigrants are overwhelming customs officials.

·         The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas abortion clinics but now they’re struggling to reopen.

·         Residents in New Mexico's South Valley live near polluting industries.  Now they’ve scored a victory in their quest for a place where kids can play.

From Texas Standard:

The Supreme Court's 4-4 voting deadlock yesterday over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration means the appeals court ruling stays – that is, the hold continues on the administration's order to shield millions of immigrants without U.S. documentation from deportation. It's as if, South Texas College of Law professor Charles "Rocky" Rhodes says, the Supreme Court never took up the issue at all.

Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

The Supreme Court voted 4-4 Thursday to block President Obama’s plan to shield as many as four million undocumented immigrants from deportation. While some say it’s a win for law-abiding citizens, others fear it may tear families apart.

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