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Texas Lawsuit Against U.S. Border Patrol Could Set Precedent

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On Fronteras:

  • We meet a Dallas public high school student from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He tells us about the challenges of fitting in at school here.
  • If a lawsuit against the Border Patrol moves forward, individual agents could be sued over their actions during so called "roving patrol" stops. A Texas case against the Border Patrol may set an important precedent. We have the details.
  • Also, Congressman Lloyd Doggett speaks about the release this week of an immigrant rights activist from San Antonio.

Precedent-Setting Decision Imminent in Texas vs Border Patrol?

In the 90 years since its formal inception in 1924, the US Border Patrol has grown from 450 mounted officers to over 21,000 multi-platform, multitasking agents — a sea change in every way. There might be more changes coming though, if a case before the courts in Texas right now sets a precedent in allegations of racial profiling lodged against the organization. If it moves forward, the case could give people illegally seized by the Border Patrol the grounds to sue an individual agent.

Fixed immigration checkpoints have their own set of laws regulating stops. These fixed checkpoints are located within 100 miles of the border, and you can be stopped without probable cause. But the laws for when you can be stopped by so-called “roving patrols,” are different. Lorne Matalon has our story.

English Classes For Adults About To Change In State

Over four decades, many adults wanting to learn English have turned to Texas public schools. That will all change next summer as the state focuses on providing ESL skills to the workforce instead of routing English language education through schools. However, as Bill Zeeble reports, that coming move has caused confusion and concern for some, while others have welcomed the shift.

New Texans Navigate A New World In KERA ‘Generation One’ Series

One in three Texas children is either an immigrant, or, the child of immigrants. While recent headlines have focused on children from Central America, they’re also arriving from China, Africa and the Middle East. These first generation Texans are the focus of a new KERA American Graduate series, called “Generation One.”

Over the next two months, Stella Chavez will explore the challenges these children face and the ways North Texas schools are trying to weave them into the great American tapestry. First up, we’ll meet 18-year-old David Kapuku, a junior at Dallas’ Conrad High School, who enrolled two weeks after arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

SA Immigrant Rights Activist Released From Custody

An immigrant rights activist who lives in San Antonio is back home with his family. He was detained at an El Paso detention center, but was released on Wednesday. Protestors rallied for his freedom and to stop his possible deportation. Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett also intervened. He joins the program to tell us more about Alexi Cruz Flores.

ACA Open Enrollment Opens This Weekend

Open enrollment for HealthCare.gov is slated to open this Saturday. A coalition of Bexar County organizations wants to get as many people registered as possible. TPR’s Joey Palacios reports on what they’re hoping to do.
 

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