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On Fronteras: U.S. Deports Central Americans, Border Biometric Scanning, Open Carry In Texas

John Burnett

Government Raids And Deports Central American Families

Homeland Security authorities recently raided homes in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, rounding up Central American families whose asylum claims have been rejected.  At least 121 people have been picked up out of 100-thousand who entered the U.S. illegally over the past two years.  Those being deported are mainly young mothers with children.  NPR’s John Burnett visited with some of them in Texas. This report originally aired January 5th on NPR's All Things Considered. 

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Biometric Scanning Tested At California Border Crossing

Visa violations have focused attention on border security.  And stepped up screening is now underway at one crossing between California and Mexico. In San Diego, agents are now using facial and eye screening technology to identify who is crossing the border.  But as David Wagner of KPBS reports for Fronteras, civil liberties advocates also say the new techniques are testing the limits of privacy. 

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Will Texas Licensed Handgun Owners Openly Carry Weapons?

A new year means new laws and it is now legal for licensed gun owners to openly carry their weapons in Texas.  But will those licensed holders who already carry concealed handguns do so?  KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy checked with some gun owners to find out.

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Texas Colleges Figuring Out How to Handle Campus Carry Law

As gun owners and businesses react to open carry in Texas, later this year, another gun law called “campus carry” goes into effect. Guns must be concealed at colleges.  As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, campuses are trying to figure out how the new law will work.

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Parents Win School Translation Help For Special Needs Children

Having a child in special education can be a maze for parents and teachers. There are important forms and meetings to make sure students receive the appropriate services.  Imagine trying to make sense of it all if you don’t speak English and translations are hard to come by.  Houston Public Media’s Education Reporter Laura Isensee has one family’s story.

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Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting.