Immigration

2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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U.S. Congress
9:34 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Castro Sees Challenges Ahead For Congress On Immigration & Farm Bill

Congressman Joaquín Castro (left) with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center) and his brother, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (right).
David Martin Davies TPR News

U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro of San Antonio said he fears the nation will not see the passage of several key bills, including comprehensive immigration reform.

Castro said despite majority support for a comprehensive immigration bill, it will be tough to get something passed on Capitol Hill because of rulemaking.

"So really the big issue is: Is the speaker (Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio) going to stick to the Hastert Rule, which says he won’t allow a piece of legislation to come to the floor unless it has the support of the majority of the majority?" Castro said.

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Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:55 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Texas Immigrant Community Still Leery Of ACA Health Care Sign Up

Some immigrant families are worried that information in their ACA application may be used by immigration and customs officials.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

An immigrant-rights group says fear of deportation is the largest reason why one-third of Texas’ immigrant population are not signing up for health care as part of the Affordable Care Act.

People who are in the United States illegally can't participate in the subsidized healthcare program as part of the ACA, but many of them have family members who are eligible. 

Alvaro Huerta is with the National Immigration Law Center and says Texas has one of the largest of uninsured Latino populations in the country.

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Fronteras Desk
11:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse

A example of a Naloxone rescue kit given out by the Department of Health.
Tristan Ahtone Fronteras

Fronteras: What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.

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Deportations
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Downtown Protesters Call For An End To Deportation

Protesters line up on the sidewalk on Cesar Chavez.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As part of a national day of action, a small group of protesters in San Antonio on Thursday joined others across the nation in calling for the end of deportations, following a request from several members of Congress.

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Government
5:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Hundreds of people from civil rights groups to teacher unions gather on this national day of action to issue a failing report card for Texas' state and federal lawmakers.

Over 300 people braved the freezing temperatures to let their voices be heard about how they dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and at the state capitol. The Texas State Teachers Association’s Clay Robinson said he would ask lawmakers to reconsider three key areas.

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

More Latino Families In The U.S. Breaking The Bank For Quiceañeras

Professional photographs of Julissa Canal greet guests as they enter the hall for her quiceañera.
Kate Sheehy Fronteras

Fronteras: Tijuana has long been a magnet for migrants from across Mexico, but the city’s rapid growth means urban planning is often a second thought. Bishops along the border collaborate on a call for immigration reform. A quinceañera is an important milestone for many young Latinas, and it's become good business in the U.S. Border fence construction continues in Texas  near a historical site. And we look at an experiment designed to re launch destroyed rural border economies on both sides of the Rio Grande.

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Border & Immigration
5:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Border Bishops Collaborate On Immigration Reform Letter

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller takes the podium announcing the open letter, "Family Beyond Borders."
Joey Palacios TPR News

Catholic bishops on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are releasing a letter to their parishes and elected officials to address what they call the "human tragedies" of the current immigration system. The clergy hope the letter will change misconceptions about undocumented immigrants.

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The Source - November 25, 2013
11:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

The Source: Combating Wage Theft In Texas

Providence Public Library (flickr.com)

Last week the City of Houston adopted a strict ordinance that will disqualify businesses found guilty of criminal wage theft from city contracts or from operating in the city.  Officials have said criminal convictions rare in these instances, but the city contends it makes a powerful statement.

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Fronteras Desk
12:57 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Border Detention Cells Are So Cold, Migrants Call Them "Freezers"

About 65 people a day move through this Border Patrol station in Nogales, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: The undocumented family members of military personnel are set to have an easier time gaining legal status, thanks to a new federal policy. Navajo Nation casinos stimulate the economy, but at a cost. As the nation remembers the last tragic day of JFK's presidency, many Latinos of that era reflect on what he meant to their emerging political bloc. Migrants say Border Patrol dentition cells are dangerously cold, so cold they call them "freezers."

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