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Taco Truck Deportation, Refugees And The New Travel Ban, And More



This week on Fronteras:   


·         The president’s crack down on undocumented immigrants targets a Houston taco truck owner who was living the American dream.


·         Critics of the new travel ban that cuts the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. say it sends the wrong message.


·         Marchers in support of President Trump draw protesters.


·         Mexico’s Consul General warns Texas has a lot to lose if President Trump revamps NAFTA.


·         How dismantling NAFTA would impact avocado sales.



Popular Houston Taco Truck Owner Facing Deportation

The president’s crack down on undocumented immigrants lands a Houston taco truck owner in jail facing deportation.  Here’s what President Trump recently said to congress about the kinds of people his immigration agents are deporting.


SOT President Trump:  “We are removing gang leaders, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens.  Bad ones are going out as I speak.”


But others are going, too. Some of them have long standing deportation orders but the government hadn’t considered them a priority until now.  NPR’s John Burnett tells the story of the Houston taco truck owner.  

The Story


TAG:  John’s story aired Tuesday, March 7, on NPR’s All Things Considered.


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Above: President Donald Trump salutes as he disembarks Marine One upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 5, 2017.


New Travel Ban Reduces Number Of Refugees To U.S.

President Trump signed a new travel ban this week but a key part remains the same - no new refugees will be allowed into the country for four months. The ban goes into effect March 16th and cuts the number of refugees America will accept this year from 110,000 to 50,000. Maureen Cavanaugh of KPBS talked with the heads of two agencies in San Diego that resettle refugees there – Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Services and Robert Moser, director of Catholic Charities.

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March 4 Trump Brings Out Supporters, Draws Protestors

President Trump received less of the popular vote than Hillary Clinton, showing a nation clearly divided.  That was evident again last weekend at what was billed as a "March 4 Trump" in Austin. KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports about three hundred showed up in the rain to support the president.

The Story


Logo for the NAFTA Secretariat


Texas Would Be State Most Affected By NAFTA Overhaul

Mexico’s Consul General told state lawmakers in Austin this week that Texas has more to lose than any other state if President Trump keeps his promise to overhaul NAFTA  — the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.  However, Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler reports the diplomat also said there are areas of the trade pact Mexico is willing to negotiate.

The Story


Credit Kris Arciaga / KPBS
Above: The signature dish at the Mexican restaurant Ponce's includes avocados, Oct. 27, 2016.


NAFTA Changes Could Put A Dip In Avocado Sales

The possible consequences of unraveling the complex relationship between the three NAFTA countries will not be easy.  Steve Walsh of KPBS looks at the possible impact on one product - avocados.

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Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1