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On Fronteras: Syrian Refugees Banned, Future Hispanic Leaders, Border Safety

Stella Chavez

Governors Ban Resettling Syrian Refugees

After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a few dozen other Republican governors say they’re banning Syrian refugees from resettling in their states.  

The call to block Syrian refugees is being questioned. Some experts don't believe the governors' have the legal authority to do it. More from Houston Public Media's Syeeda Hasan. 

Here's the story. 

Future Hispanic Leaders Concerned About Immigration  

President Obama’s immigration plan recently suffered a setback, when a three-judge panel upheld a lower court’s injunction against it.

The controversial program would have deferred deportation for more than four million undocumented immigrants across the country.

It’s a topic that’s on the minds of youth who are either immigrants or have family members who are. KERA’s Stella Chavez talked with some Latino students who were in Dallas for a leadership conference and has their reaction to the decision.

Here's the story. 

Laredo Residents Not Worried About Border Security

There have been a lot of non-Texans talking about the southern border lately. Presidential hopefuls, public officials and others all seem to have opinions on what's wrong with border security and how to fix it.  

Whatever the public's perception of the border, people who actually live there are puzzled by these messages.   KUT's Joy Diaz went to the border town of Laredo and tells us how residents there -  describe where they live.

Here's the story. 

Reporting Campus Sexual Assault Not Always Confidential

Sexual assault policies on campuses around the country are being scrutinized, this year – the  Department of Justice has been taking a closer look at the University of New Mexico. 

As KUNM’s Fronteras reporter Marisa Demarco ​found, students there say the university isn’t clear about when their sexual assault reports will remain confidential—and when they won’t.

Here's the story. 

Author Interview:  Spanish Colonial Women In The Borderlands

For women living on the frontier of New Spain around 1800 – life was tough. But, these Spanish colonial women were afforded more rights than you might think.

To learn more about what can be known about these women’s lives, faith, and economic power through their wills, TPR’s Virginia Alvino spoke to Amy Porter.  She’s an assosciate professor of history at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and author of the book Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Borderlands 1750-1846. 

Here's the Interview. 

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.