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On Fronteras: The Latino Vote, DACA Lawsuit Update, Hollywood On The Border

Virginia Alvino
Texas Public Radio
Clinton supporters from around Texas rallied in San Antonio for the first "Latinos for Hillary" event.

Clinton Courts the Latino Vote

Mayor Julián Castro, now U.S. Housing Secretary, introduced Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today, as she paid a visit to the Alamo City. The rally launched Clinton’s effort to energize Latino voters.

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Latino Vote Crucial for Presidential Candidates

U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro Thursday returned home to San Antonio and appeared with Hillary Clinton at a rally designed to kick off her “Latinos for Hillary” effort.

Castro endorsed Clinton in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and ratcheted up the ongoing speculation that Clinton could choose him as her vice presidential running mate if she becomes the party’s nominee.

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Immigration Reform Supporters Call on State  Leaders to Drop DACA lawsuit

Austin Mayor Steve Adler is among those calling on Texas state leaders to drop the lawsuit over President Obama’s executive action on immigration, known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  A federal judge struck down DACA earlier this year.  But the lawsuit – brought by Texas and 25 other states is being appealed. KUT’S Veronica Zaragovia has an update.

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DACA Resources Could Aid in Tuition

This is college application season— ambitious students are writing essays and getting letters of recommendation as they apply to their favorite schools.  Getting into college is one thing, but paying for it is another. Typically, if you’re undocumented, you’d be on your own.  KUT’s Joy Diaz reports on how DACA resources could mean money in the bank.

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Coffee Shop Aids Trafficking Victims

 A new Houston coffee shop is aiming its profits toward helping victims of human trafficking.  It’s estimated 3,500 of the nearly 18,000 humans trafficked illegally each year in the U.S., come through Texas.  This week volunteers put the finishing touches on the coffee shop.  Syeda Hasan of Houston Public Media reports on how the shop will help fund services for survivors who’ve managed to get out.

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Hollywood's Depiction of the U.S. - Mexico Border

On the entertainment front, the new film “Sicario” is making news.  The film features FBI agents in the borderland taking on the escalating drug war. While it’s at the top of the box office, politicians and communities on both sides of the border are protesting the violent way Juarez is portrayed in the film.

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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.