immigration http://kut.org en Migrant Children Have State, Federal Foster Care Competing for Parents http://kut.org/post/migrant-children-have-state-federal-foster-care-competing-parents <p>The influx of <a href="http://kut.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis">children from Central America</a> arriving at the Texas-Mexico border has many people asking <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-austin-can-help-unaccompanied-minors-border">how they can help</a>.</p><p>One way people can help is by becoming foster parents –&nbsp;but acting as a foster parent for the federal government is different than being a foster parent for the state.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160661149&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:14:14 +0000 Joy Diaz 10885 at http://kut.org Migrant Children Have State, Federal Foster Care Competing for Parents Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border? http://kut.org/post/can-national-guard-troops-make-arrests-along-texas-border <p>Can the <a href="http://www.txarng.com/" target="_blank">National Guard</a> troops being deployed to the border arrest and detain people? Only if Gov. Rick Perry says they can. But experts do have some concerns about giving law enforcement powers to a reserve military force.</p><p>From a legal standpoint, the National Guard has no authority to enforce federal immigration law, because the troops will be operating under the governor’s authority. In this case,&nbsp;Gov. Perry has called them up, and not President Barack Obama.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160643845&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:02:40 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10883 at http://kut.org Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border? One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents http://kut.org/post/one-woman-817-children-caring-kids-undocumented-parents The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.<p>If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.<p>Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of 817 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the children they leave behind. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:56:21 +0000 10877 at http://kut.org One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border? http://kut.org/post/how-can-you-measure-success-national-guard-troops-border <p>The eyes of the nation are focused on the Texas-Mexico border, due to the humanitarian crisis involving undocumented and unaccompanied minors. This week, Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the border.</p><p>Politically speaking, Gov. Perry’s message is that the Federal Government is failing in its duties. But in a story set to be published in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman, investigative reporters Jeremy Schwartz and Eric Dexheimer pose a question: just what constitutes “mission accomplished?”&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 David Brown & Josie MacLean 10872 at http://kut.org How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border? How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border http://kut.org/post/how-austin-can-help-unaccompanied-minors-border <p>Unaccompanied minors and other immigrants continue to arrive at the border, creating a national dialogue on immigration reform.</p><p>President Obama is expected to meet with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today to discuss the humanitarian crisis along the border.</p><p>Organizations and faith-based groups around the country are doing what they can to assist the minors. Austin is no exception –&nbsp;several organizations and churches are currently accepting donations. Here’s a roundup:</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:58:13 +0000 Reynaldo Leanos 10874 at http://kut.org How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? http://kut.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:15:59 +0000 10861 at http://kut.org Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress http://kut.org/post/cope-child-immigrants-competing-plans-emerge-congress Divergent plans are now emerging from the House and Senate on how best to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the border.<p>Though both would offer the president less money than he asked for to deal with the crisis, a major battle has developed over whether to amend a 2008 law that makes it harder to speedily deport the children.<p>House Republicans are drawing a clear line in the sand on this one: President Obama is getting no money from them if they can't attach some policy changes to the funding. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:38:05 +0000 Ailsa Chang 10852 at http://kut.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices http://kut.org/post/texas-sends-national-guard-troops-border-despite-opposing-voices <p>Gov. Rick Perry is sending National Guard troops <a href="http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops">to the Texas-Mexico border</a>. He says the troops are needed, as the Border Patrol has been focusing on migrant children crossing&nbsp;the&nbsp;border illegally, and not criminal activity from drug and human traffickers.</p><p>Gov. Perry’s announcement comes a month after he directed the Legislature to spend millions of dollars increasing the number of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/">Department of Public Safety</a>&nbsp;officers near the border –&nbsp;a move Perry says it's working.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159796728&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10833 at http://kut.org Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices Watch: Gov. Perry's Border Announcement http://kut.org/post/watch-gov-perrys-border-announcement <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry is ordering National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.</p><p>Gov. Perry says the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed with the humanitarian needs of the tens of thousands of children coming in from Central America, and unable to devote enough of its resources to border security.</p><p>Perry is also calling on the federal government to pay for another 1,000 guard troops at the border until more Border Patrol officers can be brought in. The announcement follows last month’s deployment of Texas DPS resources to the Rio Grande.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 KUT Staff 10824 at http://kut.org Watch: Gov. Perry's Border Announcement Perry Will Activate Up To 1,000 Guard Troops http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;will announce Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Perry’s office announced Sunday that he would hold a news conference at 2 p.m. to “make an announcement regarding border security.” Perry will be joined at the briefing by Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/david-dewhurst/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">David Dewhurst</a>, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to one of the people familiar with the plans. The Texas Tribune will livestream the announcement.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:32:28 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10821 at http://kut.org Perry Will Activate Up To 1,000 Guard Troops Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages http://kut.org/post/patrick-van-de-putte-hone-their-immigration-messages <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">As the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/27/undocumented-immigrants-learn-possible-deportation/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">recent surge</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;of Central Americans entering the country illegally through Texas’ border with Mexico has drawn national attention, it has also become a major talking point for the 2014 candidates for lieutenant governor.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">And while state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, and state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Leticia Van de Putte</a>, D-San Antonio, have distinct differences on immigration and border security, political observers say they each have advantages as the issue remains at the forefront.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Van de Putte has&nbsp;</span><a href="http://leticiavandeputte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Immigration-Policy-FINAL.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">indicated</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;that the state should secure the border by providing local law enforcement with ample resources to ensure&nbsp;"that troopers can focus on catching criminals, not kids” while calling for immigration reform at the federal level to get to the root of illegal immigration.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:50:04 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10806 at http://kut.org Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages La Bestia: Hit Song Warning Immigrants Was Made for U.S. Border Patrol http://kut.org/post/la-bestia-hit-song-warning-immigrants-was-made-us-border-patrol <p>There’s a new hit song in Central America. It’s called “La Bestia” and people in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are requesting it from their radio stations.</p><p>But guess what? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioned it.</p><p>“La Bestia” refers to <a href="http://kut.org/post/riding-beast-across-mexico-us-border">a dangerous train called “The Beast”</a> where thousands of immigrants ride to cross the U.S. – risking assaults, robbery, murder, kidnapping and rape. The catchy, upbeat cumbia song is part of Border Patrol’s multi-million dollar Dangers Awareness Campaign, meant to deter immigrants from entering the U.S.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158973220&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:25:32 +0000 David Brown 10798 at http://kut.org La Bestia: Hit Song Warning Immigrants Was Made for U.S. Border Patrol Death on the Border: Trying to Identify the Youth Who Never Made It http://kut.org/post/death-border-trying-identify-youth-who-never-made-it <p>With thousands of children being detained by the <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/overview">Border Patrol </a>along the Texas border, most of the spotlight seems to be focused on government policy and economic response. The Obama administration believes the ongoing immigration crisis is one that will likely to continue, with estimates of up to <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/jeh-johnson-immigrant-children-how-many-border-crisis-108772.html">90,000 unaccompanied youth being detained </a>by the end of this fiscal year, three times the amount of last year.</p><p>While thousands of undocumented migrants successfully make it across the border, many do not. This has led to an overwhelming amount of deceased, many whom are children, that local authorities are unable to properly identify or even bury. The <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">Texas Standard</a>’s <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBrownKUT">David Brown </a>speaks forensic anthropologist <a href="http://www.baylor.edu/anthropology/index.php?id=80297">Dr. Lori Baker</a>, who has been working along in South Texas in an attempt to locate and identify the scores of remains along the border.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158707184&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:45:01 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10784 at http://kut.org Death on the Border: Trying to Identify the Youth Who Never Made It How a Bush-Era Law Against Trafficking Impacts the Immigration Surge http://kut.org/post/how-bush-era-law-against-trafficking-impacts-immigration-surge <p>Because of a 2008 law, thousands of children crossing into Texas illegally are not turned back right away. That’s because they must get an immigration hearing first –&nbsp;due to a federal law that passed with bipartisan support.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation in wound through Congress in late 2007. A year later, President George W. Bush signed it into law. So why is it coming up now?</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158020504&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:48:54 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10765 at http://kut.org How a Bush-Era Law Against Trafficking Impacts the Immigration Surge Secure Communities Could Be Detaining Legal Asian Americans in Travis County http://kut.org/post/secure-communities-could-be-detaining-legal-asian-americans-travis-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, the Austin City Council signed a resolution to opt out of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ice.gov/secure_communities/get-the-facts.htm">Secure Communities</a>, a partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and law enforcement to detain, fingerprint and cross-reference the immigration status of people picked up for suspicion of certain crimes, with the goal of deporting "criminal aliens."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the time of the council vote, many might have assumed most of the people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are Hispanic, especially in Texas. But, former Municipal Judge&nbsp;Ramey&nbsp;Ko&nbsp;says the county may also be detaining a large number of Asian Americans.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157817724&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:02:29 +0000 Joy Diaz 10750 at http://kut.org Secure Communities Could Be Detaining Legal Asian Americans in Travis County After Immigration Meeting Rebuff, Perry Accepts Obama's Invite to Dallas Roundtable http://kut.org/post/after-immigration-meeting-rebuff-perry-accepts-obamas-invite-dallas-roundtable <p class="p1"><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Gov. Perry will meet with President Obama, according to&nbsp;KUT's reporting partner the Texas Tribune.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.25px;">“Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president&nbsp;tomorrow,” Perry spokesman Travis Considine&nbsp;<a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/08/perry-seeks-private-border-talk-with-obama/">told the Tribune</a> in an email.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original Post: </strong>President Barack Obama has offered </span><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/rick-perry-rejects-quick-handshake-with-barack-oba/ngbJw/" style="line-height: 1.5;">to meet Gov. Rick Perry</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing influx and detainment of unaccompanied Central American child immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:44:07 +0000 Andrew Weber 10751 at http://kut.org After Immigration Meeting Rebuff, Perry Accepts Obama's Invite to Dallas Roundtable Texas Militias Plan to Patrol the Border Near Laredo http://kut.org/post/texas-militias-plan-patrol-border-near-laredo <p>Militia groups are planning their own response to the recent flood of Central American immigrants across the Texas-Mexico border, according to a <a href="http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Anti-government-citizen-militia-groups-want-to-5604303.php">San Antonio Express-News</a> report. The initiative called Operation Secure Our Border says it is recruiting armed volunteers to bolster law enforcement and border patrols near Laredo as soon as next week, but that they will not directly engage any so-called "illegals."</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:08:07 +0000 KUT Staff 10747 at http://kut.org Texas Militias Plan to Patrol the Border Near Laredo Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes http://kut.org/post/deportation-threat-doesnt-diminish-young-migrants-us-hopes The Obama administration says it will try to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/29/326680790/reports-obama-administration-seeks-change-in-law-to-speed-deportations">speed up deportations of tens of thousands of children</a> who have illegally entered the U.S. from Central America in recent months. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:31:15 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 10734 at http://kut.org Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://kut.org/post/influx-children-creates-new-strain-beleaguered-immigration-courts President Obama said over the weekend that he is seeking to fast-track deportations of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who cross into the United States.<p>More than 52,000 have been caught in South Texas since October, and hundreds more arrive daily, overwhelming Border Patrol stations and overflowing temporary shelters.<p>But once they get here, what happens? Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10716 at http://kut.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament http://kut.org/post/obamas-no-win-immigration-predicament President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.<p>He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.<p>Obama also presumably didn't want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:32:30 +0000 Frank James, NPR 10711 at http://kut.org Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament