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New Book Sounds Alarm On Growing "Border Patrol Nation"


Fronteras: The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has been growing rapidly — and not just along the southern border with Mexico. We speak to Todd Miller author of the new book, “Border Patrol Nation,” about the agency's expanding reach and the implications for privacy rights, civil liberties and more. On a lighter note, taking pictures in a field of Bluebonnets is a favorite springtime tradition in Texas. But we take you to one town that is especially serious about its bluebonnets.

UT President Powers Disagrees With Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

The president of the University of Texas at Austin is weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the State of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in higher education. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports UT President Bill Powers calls the decision a real setback for diversity.

Teachers On The Edge: Visa Problems Plague School Districts Around The Country

In Garland, Texas, two dozen teachers are still in limbo. Recruited from other countries, they’re on the verge of losing their jobs and being deported. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, school systems and teachers across the country are dealing with similar visa problems.

New Book, "Border Patrol Nation," Gives Inside Look into the Agency's Expanding Reach

The U.S. Border Patrol is growing quickly in the number of agents and resources it has, including high-end surveillance technology. In his new book, “Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security,” Todd Miller makes the case that the entire country is in effect transforming into one vast militarized border zone. Fronteras Host Crystal Chavez spoke to Miller this week about what he learned while researching the Border Patrol and Homeland Security.

In Ennis, Families Form Memories Amid The Bluebonnet Fields

It’s an iconic springtime image in Texas -- snapping pictures of the family in a field of bluebonnets, and Ennis, Texas is Bluebonnet central. Every April, up to 100,000 people flock to the town in Ellis County , about 45 minutes south of Dallas. It’s home to 40 miles of roadsides covered with wildflowers. KERA’s Eric Aasen headed to the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas to find out what the state flower means to them.

Click here for Aasen's take on the 15 amazing things you should know about Texas Bluebonnets.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.