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Border & Immigration

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President Trump's emergency declaration will potentially free up over $6 billion to build hundreds more miles of barriers along the Southern border. One of the places prioritized for construction is the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where the majority of illegal crossings now occur. Residents there have strong views about the barrier, both pro and con.

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A bipartisan border security deal was approved Thursday evening by the U.S. House and Senate, but since funding for a border wall fell short of President Trump’s expectations, he declared a national emergency Friday to seek funds elsewhere. But the ongoing controversy over a physical barrier persists.

Reporter Melissa del Bosque exposed an environmental threat in her Type Investigations article.

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Protesters gathered outside of U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar’s local office in Mission, Texas, on Wednesday to condemn his involvement in bipartisan negotiations over a deal that includes funding to enhance border in the Rio Grande Valley.

Thousands of migrant children continue to arrive at the Southern border every month, without their parents, to ask for asylum. The government sends many of them to an emergency intake shelter in South Florida. That facility has come under intense scrutiny because it's the only child shelter for immigrants that's run by a for-profit corporation and the only one that isn't overseen by state regulators.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump rallies for his Wall in El Paso, Texas. We’ll hear the nuanced view a city inextricably linked to the southern border.


Julián Aguilar, immigration and border security reporter for the Texas Tribune. (@nachoaguilar)

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Before sunrise and illuminated by lantern light, the faithful gathered to pray, as they have many times before, at La Lomita chapel in Mission, Texas.

The chapel is made of simple white adobe, and Roy Rogers' song "Blue Shadows On The Trail" plays from a battery-operated radio in the chilly pre-dawn gloom as Rev. Roy Snipes makes his way down the aisle to preside over the Mass.

Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

When it comes to Latinos, the U.S. has a habit of placing them into one uniform group. But the reality is Latinos have a wide variety of identities, which can have an impact far beyond a single ethnic category.

Gabriel Acevedo, professor at St. Mary’s University, and Kevin Stuart, executive director of the Austin Institute, discuss the findings in their study “Latinos in America.”

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In the late 19th century, many Mexican-Americans were shut out of the public education system because they couldn’t speak English. So, the community responded by creating its own schools.

Philis Barragán Goetz, assistant professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, shared the history and significance of “escuelitas.”

At least six immigrant detainees on a hunger strike have been force-fed through nasal tubes by immigration authorities, while nine other asylum-seekers are starving themselves, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed on Thursday.

Eleven of the detainees refusing food, some for more than a month, are in custody at the El Paso Processing Center. Four others are in ICE detentions centers across the country: one each in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.