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FRONTERAS: SB4 Goes to Court; Mexico Helps Undocumented Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens

Joey Palacios / TPR


This week on Fronteras:

  •  SB4, the state’s new sanctuary cities law, has its day in court.
  • The Trump Administration’s curbs on immigration prompt Mexico to implement programs to help its unauthorized residents living in America.
  •  Legislation is pending to help deported veterans who put their lives on the line fighting for the U.S.
  •  A lawsuit in New Mexico aims to ensure all children of color get a leg up on learning.
  • In Houston, the largest exhibit of modern Mexican art to be seen in the U.S. in 70 decades is on display.
  • An update on the Arbol de la Vida art project that tells community stories about Mission San Francisco de la Espada.




Sanctuary Cities Law Now In Hands Of Federal District Judge

The decision on whether to put the state’s sanctuary cities law on hold now rests with a San Antonio federal district judge. More than 250 protestors voiced opposition to SB4 outside the federal courthouse. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports that following arguments both for and against the law from local officials, attorneys with the State of Texas and the US attorney’s office each feel they have a strong case.


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Mexican Consulate in San Antonio


Mexico Invests In Its Undocumented Citizens Living In The U.S.

The Mexican government has also joined the legal opposition to SB4 and it has become an ally to its citizens living in the U.S. without documentation. The Mexican Consulate will  conduct emergency preparedness clinics, know-your-rights sessions, and other events to help eligible Mexican nationals apply for U.S. citizenship and fight deportation. The Texas Standard’s David Brown discussed these plans with Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Consul General of Mexico in Austin.

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Advocates for deported veterans meet in Kearny Mesa, June 27, 2017.


Pending Legislation Could Help Deported Veterans

Turning now to San Diego where advocacy groups are reviewing pending legislation and other initiatives to help veterans who’ve been deported and those who are facing deportation from the U.S. Jean Guerrero of KPBS reports.

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Arlyne Portillo (left) and Mayra Acevedo


ew Mexico Lawsuit Targets Need For Early Education Programs

New Mexico educators want to close the achievement gap in public schools.  Testimony in a landmark education trial claims early childhood education programs are crucial to making sure students of color, children from families with low incomes and English language-learners succeed. But, as KUNM’s Marisa Demarco reports, those programs aren’t widely available. 

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Frida Kahlo: Self-portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States, 1932


Houston Museum Hosts Huge Exhibit Of Modern Mexican Art

A Houston museum is hosting the most comprehensive collection of modern Mexican art to be seen in the U.S. in over 70 years.  Houston Public Media’s Laura Lucas has details.

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 Click The Story to see a slide show of some of the art.


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Making a clay sculpture for the Arbol de la Vida project



de la Vida Voces de Tierra

And in San Antonio, a massive public art project is slowly taking form -- piece by piece.  It’s being created by members of the community with a special connection to San Antonio and the Mission San Francisco de la Espada, built in 1731.  TPR is following the creation of the piece, called Arbol de la Vida.

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