immigration http://kut.org en REWATCH: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro Immigration Debate http://kut.org/post/rewatch-dan-patrick-and-julian-castro-immigration-debate <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="326" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2922167/videos/48165610/player?width=580&amp;height=326&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p>State Senator and GOP Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick faced off against San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised debate over immigration tonight at 6pm.</p><p>The debate was moderated by the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:04 +0000 Matt Largey 10228 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies http://kut.org/post/immigration-activists-chain-themselves-mlk-statue-protest-obama-policies <p>Protesters gathered on the UT campus to protest President Obama’s immigration policies during his <a href="http://kutne.ws/1lNONwQ">speech today at the Civil Rights Summit</a>. Some chained themselves to the statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. on campus and many brandished signs deriding the president for strict deportation strategies in light of the event which highlights equal rights.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We want them to recognize that the fight for civil rights is not over,” said student organizer Maria Reza. “Enough talk – we need action.”</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:41:39 +0000 Lynn Romero 10181 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies UT-Austin Students Counter-Protest 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-students-counter-protest-catch-illegal-immigrant-game <p>Over 100 students, faculty, staff community supporters gathered at the University of Texas campus this afternoon to protest <a href="http://kut.org/post/brief-history-student-conservatives-catch-illegal-immigrant-games-update">a so-called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game</a> that was originally planned for today.</p><p>The event, proposed by the UT chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, called for students to track down and return volunteers wearing shirts reading “illegal immigrant” in exchange for a gift card.</p><p>The group called off the event earlier this week in the wake of widespread condemnation. But people gathered on campus today to protest the motivation behind the game.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:26:40 +0000 Emily Mathis 9227 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Students Counter-Protest 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game Obama's Immigration Pivot Hits A Bruised GOP's Weak Spot http://kut.org/post/obamas-immigration-pivot-hits-bruised-gops-weak-spot After successfully staring down congressional Republicans in the shutdown-debt ceiling fight, President Obama pivoted to immigration in a move with almost no downside.<p>That makes it perfect as the next vehicle for him to use to cause the GOP major indigestion.<p>Before being re-elected last year, President Obama said he hoped the Republican "fever" of opposition to him would break during his second term. But if the just-completed standoff is any indication, that temperature is still spiking.<p>The immediate shift to immigration could be Dr. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:26:08 +0000 Frank James, NPR 8969 at http://kut.org Obama's Immigration Pivot Hits A Bruised GOP's Weak Spot Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea on Borders, Bias, and Breaking Down Barriers http://kut.org/post/acclaimed-author-luis-alberto-urrea-borders-bias-and-breaking-down-barriers <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:15px;background-color:transparent;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">Luis Alberto Urrea is one of the most distinguished writers in America. &nbsp;Just don’t tell him that. &nbsp;Urrea is refreshingly self-effacing when forced to talk about his status as an award-winning and best-selling author. He is perhaps best known for “The Devil’s Highway,” which won the Lannan Literary Award in 2004. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 David Brown 8942 at http://kut.org Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea on Borders, Bias, and Breaking Down Barriers Despite Obamacare, Few Health Options for Texas' Undocumented Immigrants http://kut.org/post/despite-obamacare-few-health-options-texas-undocumented-immigrants <p>It&rsquo;s been a full week since t<a href="http://kut.org/post/obamacare-marketplace-open-texas-how-enroll-where-get-help">he opening of the health insurance marketplaces </a>created through the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;But only certain people qualify to buy insurance through that system.</p><p>Immigrants must be &ldquo;lawfully present&rdquo; to qualify to buy through the marketplace. That includes Green Card holders, refugees, Cuban or Haitian immigrants, people on worker and student visas and victims of human trafficking. But the 1.5 million undocumented immigrants estimated to live Texas are not included.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114541691" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:51:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8891 at http://kut.org Despite Obamacare, Few Health Options for Texas' Undocumented Immigrants Another Casualty of Government Shutdown: Texas-Bound Refugees http://kut.org/post/another-casualty-government-shutdown-texas-bound-refugees <p>A way station for immigrants the world over, New York&rsquo;s Ellis Island is arguably the truest symbol of American identity.&nbsp;But the island is closed today &ndash; along with the Statue of Liberty and all other national monuments, memorials, libraries and parks &ndash; all as a result of <a href="http://kut.org/post/no-end-sight-shutdown-showdown-enters-week-two">the ongoing government shutdown</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Here in Texas, the shutdown&rsquo;s made an immediate impact on incoming immigrants: it has forced the State Department and the <a href="http://www.state.gov/j/prm/">Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration</a> to delay the arrival of refugees from Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Burma, Bhutan, Cuba and <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-austins-newest-neighbors-congolese">the Democratic Republic of Congo</a>.&nbsp; And approximately 10 percent of these immigrants come to Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:39:55 +0000 Ryan Groves 8881 at http://kut.org Another Casualty of Government Shutdown: Texas-Bound Refugees There's One Year Left in Obama's Deferred Action Immigration Program http://kut.org/post/theres-one-year-left-obamas-deferred-action-immigration-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106194835" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:35:57 +0000 Joy Diaz 8504 at http://kut.org There's One Year Left in Obama's Deferred Action Immigration Program Tortured & Left for Dead, Burundi Man Lives to See World Refugee Day http://kut.org/post/tortured-left-dead-burundi-man-lives-see-world-refugee-day <p>Every year, the United Nations commemorates the creation of the UN Refugee Agency with World Refugee Day, a day that serves to draw attention to those displaced by conflict and persecution.</p><p>KUT News spoke with <span dir="ltr"><span lang="en-US">Desire Nizigiyimana</span></span> about his experience in the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundi">Burundi</a>&nbsp;civil war. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 18:49:23 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Andrew Weber 8200 at http://kut.org Tortured & Left for Dead, Burundi Man Lives to See World Refugee Day Immigration Advocates Say Republicans 'Can’t Deny' Change http://kut.org/post/immigration-advocates-say-republicans-can-t-deny-change <p></p><p>Today, the U.S. Senate added amendments to its proposed <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/686558/immigration-bill.pdf">overhaul of immigration policy</a>, doubling the number of border patrol agents from 22,000 to 44,000.</p><p>Despite a pattern of illegal border crossings – which, according to a <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/usbp_fy12_stats/appr_swb.ctt/appr_swb.pdfhttp:/www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/usbp_fy12_stats/appr_swb.ctt/appr_swb.pdf">U.S. Border Patrol report</a>, occur more frequently in Texas than in any other state – some Texas advocates say that the added infrastructure and resources won’t make the border safer.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:21:57 +0000 Mone Miller & Ann Choi 8185 at http://kut.org Immigration Advocates Say Republicans 'Can’t Deny' Change Why Texas Border Counties Aren't Prosecuting Some Drug Cases http://kut.org/post/why-texas-border-counties-arent-prosecuting-some-drug-cases <p>U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are making so many drug busts near the border that local officials are struggling to pay for prosecuting them, the Center for Investigative Reporting found out. We spoke with CIR reporter G.W. Schulz about <a href="http://cironline.org/reports/minor-drug-busts-border-checkpoint-breaking-texas-countys-budget-4752">what they discovered in Hudspeth County, Texas.&nbsp;</a></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:22:03 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8181 at http://kut.org Why Texas Border Counties Aren't Prosecuting Some Drug Cases Protest Aims to Close Detention Facility Outside Houston http://kut.org/post/protest-aims-close-detention-facility-outside-houston <p><a href="http://grassrootsleadership.org/">Grassroots Leadership</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TexansUnitedForFamilies">Texans United for Families</a> will conduct a vigil and protest outside of <a href="http://www.ice.gov/detention-facilities/facilities/polkctx.htm">Polk County Adult Detention Facility</a> this Saturday.</p><p>The vigil, the second of its kind within the past year, will call for the immediate closure of the detention center located in Livingston, Texas, 75 miles northeast of Houston.</p><p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:03:43 +0000 Hector Perez 8134 at http://kut.org Senate Rejects Measure To Delay 'Path To Citizenship' http://kut.org/post/senate-rejects-measure-delay-path-citizenship The Senate has <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/senate-votes-down-gop-border-amendment-143516725.html">defeated</a> a Republican measure that would have blocked implementation of a "path to citizenship" for undocumented workers until after the U.S.-Mexico border has been deemed secure for a period of six months.<p>The amendment to the larger overhaul of U.S. immigration law was sponsored by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:42:48 +0000 Scott Neuman 8107 at http://kut.org Senate Rejects Measure To Delay 'Path To Citizenship' Ann Richards HS Grad Raises Funds for a Path to Citizenship http://kut.org/post/ann-richards-hs-grad-raises-funds-path-citizenship <p>The first graduating class at the <a href="http://www.annrichardsschool.org/">Ann Richards School for Young Women</a> Leaders receives their diplomas this Saturday.</p><p>Among the graduates is 17-year-old Ana González, who was the subject of an <em><a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/ann-richards-girls-reach-the-end/nX99z/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch">Austin American-Statesman story</a></em> profiling the school’s first grads.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:42:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 7990 at http://kut.org Ann Richards HS Grad Raises Funds for a Path to Citizenship Threat of Deportation Haunts Immigrant Students http://kut.org/post/threat-deportation-haunts-immigrant-students <p>More than 100 Austin parents, teachers and community members gathered at Mendez Middle School Saturday for an immigration forum sponsored by the teachers union, <a href="http://austin.tx.aft.org/">Education Austin</a>.&nbsp;Advocacy groups and organizations provided information to undocumented immigrants about a pathway to citizenship and the latest on immigration reform.</p><p>It's a process that advocates say can stress out many parents. But it can be a stressor on children as well.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Kate McGee 7961 at http://kut.org Threat of Deportation Haunts Immigrant Students