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Fronteras: Texas AG Sues To End DACA; Pence Visits Border Wall; & 'Tejano Knight'

Juan Seguín"

This week on Fronteras:

  • Reaction to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to sue the federal government over ending DACA (0:15).
  • Vice President Mike Pence visits the border wall on the California-Mexico border (1:43).
  • The number of refugees resettling in Texas is declining (3.28).
  • Marfa mural preserves the city’s story for the future (9:10).
  • Author Bill Neeley shares the story of San Antonio Texas revolutionary hero Juan Seguín (12:38).

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Immigration Attorneys, Advocates React To Texas AG's Federal DACA Lawsuit

Immigration attorneys and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are react to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit filed this past week in Brownsville to kill DACA. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe brings us the report.  

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol personnel at the El Centro Station, April 30, 2018.

Vice President Pence Visits U.S.-Mexico Border In Calexico

Vice President Mike Pence visited the California-Mexico border, some 100 miles east of San Diego. Pence was there to reinforce the Trump administration’s strict immigration stance. He emphasized that federal agents will no longer "catch and release" individuals suspected of violating immigration laws. Steve Walsh reports for KPBS in San Diego.

Erica Schmidt-Portnoy, the area director for Refugee Services of Texas in Austin says to not have refugees coming in is "hard to watch."

Texas Is Resettling Almost 80 Percent Fewer Refugees

Texas used to resettle more refugees than most states in the country. But the state is experiencing a record low in the number of people being resettled. KUT’s Ashley Lopez has the story.


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The Blackwell School Alliance celebrated the unveiling of Marfa’s new community mural with a performance by Mariachi Santa Cruz Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Blackwell School Mural Tells Lesser-Known Stories of Marfa

If you’re driving west on Highway 90 into Marfa, you’ll spot a new landmark from the road — a vivid community mural. It’s been in the works for about a year now. Marfa Public Radio’s Sally Beauvais reports the mural tells the lesser-known stories of the city’s history.

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TPR's Norma Martinez and Bill Neeley

‘A Tejano Knight: The Quest Of Don Juan Seguín’

Juan Seguín is a key figure of the Texas Revolution, but he isn’t often mentioned in the same breath as other heroic figures such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, William Travis or Davy Crockett. Seguín was born in San Antonio in 1806 and led a unit of Tejanos– Mexican Texans – to fight at San Jacinto.

MORE | Fronteras Extra:  'A Tejano Knight' — Tale Of Juan Seguin'

Bill Neeley, author of the Seguín biography “A Tejano Knight: The Quest of Don Juan Seguin,” says despite the prestige earned after the revolution, Seguín still felt like a foreigner in his native land.

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

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