Texas http://kut.org en Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol http://kut.org/post/amid-wave-child-immigrants-reports-abuse-border-patrol Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.<p>Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:38:11 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10854 at http://kut.org Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol Fort Hood Memorial Moves Forward But Still Needs Money http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-memorial-moves-forward-still-needs-money <p>People trying to build a memorial for victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood hope a ground breaking ceremony they held Tuesday will help raise the last amount of cash they need to complete the project.&nbsp;</p><p>It's been almost five years since Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at the Army post, killing 13 people and wounding more than 30. Hasan, 43, was sentenced to death last year by a military jury.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:01:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10838 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Memorial Moves Forward But Still Needs Money Could Medicaid Expansion Boost the Texas Economy? http://kut.org/post/could-medicaid-expansion-boost-texas-economy <p>If Texas accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, roughly 1.5 million more people would have health insurance. Now a new study suggests more than half of them are people who work in service industries that help fuel the state’s economy.</p><p>The report by <a href="http://familiesusa.org/" target="_blank">Families USA</a> says the people in Texas who’d benefit most from closing the coverage gap are cashiers, drivers, cooks and servers, hotel clerks and construction workers, for example.</p><p>Many of them don’t earn enough to qualify for a tax subsidy under the Affordable Care Act, Dee Mahon with Families USA says.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10837 at http://kut.org Could Medicaid Expansion Boost the Texas Economy? 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 The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law http://kut.org/post/texas-abortion-debate-continues-year-after-hb-2-was-signed-law <p>Last legislative session, <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=HB2">House Bill 2</a> proved to be a landmark moment for the abortion debate in Texas. It further politicized the issue both sides of the aisle, garnered national media attention, boosted political profiles and launched campaigns.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the debate was over and it finally passed,&nbsp;HB&nbsp;2&nbsp;established a ban on abortions&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-bill-would-ban-abortion-20-weeks-pregnancy" style="line-height: 1.5;">after 20 weeks of pregnancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, required clinics to be certified as&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/issue-texas-abortion-debate-whats-ambulatory-surgical-center" style="line-height: 1.5;">ambulatory surgical centers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;and forced abortion doctors to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges" style="line-height: 1.5;">have admitting privileges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at a nearby hospital.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today marks the one-year anniversary of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Perry signing the bill into law.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159236004&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, 18 Jul 2014 14:05:15 +0000 Ben Philpott 10811 at http://kut.org The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law Can Democrats Really Keep Up With Republicans in the Fundraising Race? http://kut.org/post/can-democrats-really-keep-republicans-fundraising-race <p>Both candidates in the race for governor have raised $11 million since late February. In the race for lieutenant governor, the Democratic candidate beat out the heavily-favored Republican nominee in fundraising over the last campaign finance reporting period. To some that could appear to be a watershed moment in Texas politics for red state Democrats, but The&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin American-Statesman's chief political writer <a href="https://twitter.com/JTiloveTX">Jonathan Tilove</a> says the moment is a bit misleading, if not one-sided.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tilove spoke with <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">The Texas Standard</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBrownKUT">David Brown </a>about whether the Democrats' historic fundraising efforts will be enough to defeat their Republican opponents in November.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158978599&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:59:41 +0000 KUT Staff 10800 at http://kut.org Can Democrats Really Keep Up With Republicans in the Fundraising Race? Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Released After Being Detained http://kut.org/post/jose-antonio-vargas-detained-mcallen <strong>UPDATE, July 16, 6:17 a.m.:</strong> <a href="http://abc13.com/news/journalist-activist-released-by-us-border-patrol/191443/">The Associated Press reports </a>Jose Antonio Vargas has been released by U.S. Border Patrol agents after being detained at McAllen/Miller International Airport Tuesday morning.<p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:27:25 +0000 10790 at http://kut.org Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Released After Being Detained 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 In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://kut.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:38:25 +0000 Frank James, NPR 10774 at http://kut.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress Attorney Impersonators 'Sell Hope' & Steal Money From Immigrants Looking for Help http://kut.org/post/attorney-impersonators-sell-hope-steal-money-immigrants-looking-help <p>One of the biggest traps undocumented immigrants fall into is the advice of "faux" attorneys.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They pretend to know the ins-and-outs of immigration law and often scam victims of thousands of dollars.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Veronica Avila&nbsp;Zavala, it seemed like an easy way out of a bad situation.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158052200&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> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:35:32 +0000 Joy Diaz 10766 at http://kut.org Attorney Impersonators 'Sell Hope' & Steal Money From Immigrants Looking for Help Austin Doctor Helps Central American Families Along the Border http://kut.org/post/austin-doctor-helps-central-american-families-along-border <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Adam </span>Rosenbloom<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wasn't able to view fireworks from Auditorium Shores this past Independence Day. His Fourth of July weekend was less conventional.</span></p><p>Rosenbloom, a pediatrician at <a href="http://www.dellchildrens.net/">Dell Children’s Medical Center</a>, spent the weekend volunteering at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacred-Heart-Church-McAllen-TX/139610739388532">Sacred Heart Church</a> in McAllen, Texas. Rosenbloom joined other volunteering with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the group&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Circle-of-Health-International/184816621099" style="line-height: 1.5;">Circle of Health International</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;caring for over 50 patients and delivering over $5,000 worth of supplies to Central American children and families&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">who crossed the Texas-Mexico border.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:06:37 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10748 at http://kut.org Austin Doctor Helps Central American Families Along the Border As Inmates Age, Prison Health Care Spending in Texas Could Grow http://kut.org/post/inmates-age-prison-health-care-spending-texas-could-grow <p>Researchers at The Pew Charitable Trusts have <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2014/05/15/managing-prison-health-care-spending" target="_blank">a new report</a> out on how much states are spending on inmate health care. Between 2001 and 2008, Texas had a decrease in this spending, but since then, it’s gone up again.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:19:02 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10760 at http://kut.org As Inmates Age, Prison Health Care Spending in Texas Could Grow Many Texans Say Health Insurance Costs Too Much, Despite Obamacare Subsidies http://kut.org/post/many-texans-say-health-insurance-costs-too-much-despite-obamacare-subsidies <p>Under the Affordable Care Act, tax subsidies for consumers who qualify are meant to make health insurance more affordable, but <a href="http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/9e39b1a8/Pub-HPF-EHF_Issue_6-070814.pdf" target="_blank">a new report</a> suggests about half of eligible Texans say it still costs too much.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:36:04 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10755 at http://kut.org Many Texans Say Health Insurance Costs Too Much, Despite Obamacare Subsidies You Only Die Once: How ISIS Recruits Young Muslims http://kut.org/post/you-only-die-once-how-isis-recruits-young-muslims <p class="p1">The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, grabbed international attention of media this year after inciting a rash of violence throughout Iraq, gaining momentum and inspiring young Muslims to take up arms, even some <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/28/justice/texas-terror-arrests/">right here in Central Texas</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.brookes.ac.uk/">Oxford Brookes University</a> modern history professor <a href="http://www.history.brookes.ac.uk/staff/prof.asp?ID=584">Roger Griffin</a> tells <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">Texas Standard</a>'s <a href="http://kut.org/people/david-brown">David Brown</a> that ISIS, unlike their predecessor al-Qaida, has cultivated an international online brand that glamorizes jihad.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157858726&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, 08 Jul 2014 21:30:28 +0000 Alain Stephens, David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10746 at http://kut.org You Only Die Once: How ISIS Recruits Young Muslims 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