Texas http://kut.org en AG Files Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://kut.org/post/ag-files-brief-supporting-same-sex-marriage-ban <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: 15.199999809265137px;">Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>’s office filed a brief on Monday arguing that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is constitutionally sound and a matter for voters, not courts, to decide.&nbsp;</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: 15.199999809265137px;">The brief was filed with the 5<span style="box-sizing: border-box; vertical-align: text-top;">th</span>&nbsp;U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the state is appealing a state district court judge’s February ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. The case pits two same-sex couples against 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);">Rick&nbsp;Perry</a>, state Health Commissioner David Lakey and Abbott, who is also the Republican nominee for governor.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:41:15 +0000 Eli Okun, Texas Tribune 10899 at http://kut.org AG Files Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Ban 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? 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 After Child Deaths, Texas Lawmakers Examine Foster Care Practices http://kut.org/post/after-child-deaths-texas-lawmakers-examine-foster-care-practices <p>Texas lawmakers have already convened several times this year to discuss rampant – and persistent -- problems in the state’s foster care system. On Thursday, another hearing at the Capitol took place to look into what can be changed.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160228190&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, 25 Jul 2014 12:17:12 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10864 at http://kut.org After Child Deaths, Texas Lawmakers Examine Foster Care Practices 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? 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