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Democrats are divided over whether or not to negotiate with President Trump over funding his proposed border wall.


For the second time this week, President Donald Trump’s administration has announced its intent to proceed with parts of a new border barrier despite a lack of new funding from Congress to pay for his high-profile campaign promise.

From Texas Standard:

Were it not for the Kavanaugh confirmation spectacle, there may have been a very different fight on Capitol Hill over the last few weeks – and Texas would have been at the center of it. We're talking about President Donald Trump's promise to build a southern border wall.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has sent letters to 67 Rio Grande Valley landowners, requesting permission to survey their land as a possible site for a border wall. But congressional leaders believe that it could be decades before any work begins.


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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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National Guard deployment continues along the Texas-Mexico Border. Gov. Greg Abbott has committed to eventually having 1,400 National Guard troops posted along the border. On Friday, officials on opposite ends of the state explained what Texans can expect next.

From Texas Standard.

You can squeeze a lot into a spending proposal that’s 2,200 pages long and $1.3 trillion deep. But if you look at the fine print in the spending deal passed by Congress and signed by the president late Friday, you may notice something big in there when it comes to Texas – $1.6 billion in new border security infrastructure.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

It's a windy morning at the Bandera Gun Club and its sprawling grass fields dotted with shooting stations on the outskirts of the tiny Texas town.

Gunshots echo along the rolling hills as more than 20 groups of men prepare their booths of technological wares for the security minded. F-350s sit with massive mast-like poles sprouting from their beds. A temporary structure holds banks of computer monitors that stream video from the 80-foot trailer-mounted tower outside.

"Can an individual border agent on the ground get this image?" Congressman Will Hurd, R-Texas, asked.

 

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On this episode of Texas Matters:

  • Cash bail in Texas is called unconstitutional (:52)
  • Charges of corruption in construction of the border fence (7: 00)
  • DACA recipients oppose deal on border wall (15:38)
  • Border Colonia residents live in extreme poverty (20:46)


From Texas Standard:

Many folks will be watching the State of the Union to hear what President Trump might say about immigration. The latest White House proposal has two key numbers – 1.8 million is how many so-called Dreamers could be put on a path to citizenship, and 25 billion is how much funding the Trump Administration wants for border security, including building a wall.

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