Rio Grande Valley

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Welcome to boot camp for the young and unemployed in McAllen, Texas.

"We're going to go ahead and do this," says instructor Marco Lopez, leading a small classroom of millennials through do's and don'ts for job seekers inside a strip mall near McAllen.

The new president for the University of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley campus approved “Vaquero” as the university’s mascot despite a backlash from students, alumni and South Texas lawmakers. 

UT’s Board of Regents set up its Rio Grande Valley campus as a way to grow their South Texas institutions. They merged UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American, and added a new medical school for the region. Part of that transition involved coming up with a new mascot and school colors.

Erich Schlegel

Fronteras: Tino Duran, publisher of San Antonio bilingual newspaper La Prensa, just went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Duran’s daughter Nina joins us on Fronteras to talk about her father and the family’s journey with Alzheimer’s. Imagine traveling the entire Rio Grande, just you, a canoe and some paddles. A couple of journalists are doing just that. We check in on the progress of the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.

Expedition Tracking the Disappearing Rio Grande

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.

Michel Marizco / Fronteras

Monday Gov. Rick Perry announced his intention to send up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border to assist with the surge in illegal migration.

Much attention has been paid to the Rio Grande Valley as a result of the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors that have crossed the border in the past nine months. 

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