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Mitchell Santos Toledo came to the United States when he was 2. His parents had temporary visas when they brought him and his 5-year-old sister to the country. They never left. This spring, Santos Toledo will graduate from Harvard Law School. He is one of the 700,000 DREAMers whose fate in the U.S. may well be determined by a Supreme Court case to be argued Tuesday.

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A path to citizenship may be extended to over 2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act Tuesday night. The fate of H.R. 6 now lies in the hands of the Republican-led Senate.


A new generation of migrants is arriving in Mexico: young adults who were born in Mexico, raised in the United States and are now returning — some voluntarily, some by force — to the country of their birth. They've been dubbed "Generation 1.5."

With only limited support available from the Mexican government for these often well-educated returnees, several nongovernmental organizations and at least one private company are looking to help them out and take advantage of their skills.

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The Dreamers Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio opened in January 2018 to assist undocumented students with their academic needs and to serve as a campus and community advocate. The center’s assistant director Courtney Balderas-Jacob estimated about 300 to 500 undocumented students attend UTSA, but “we don’t track our Dreamers in any specific way.”

UTSA Dreamers Resource Center

The University of Texas at San Antonio, or UTSA, is paying attention to their undocumented student population and helping them achieve higher education through their Dreamers Resource Center (00:17).

Then, Mission Indians in San Antonio were handed ownership of the city’s missions by the Spanish friars over two centuries ago. TPR’s Norma Martinez explores the narrative Native Americans are trying to reestablish in the Alamo City (13:44).

 


UTSA Dreamers Resource Center

The  Dreamers Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio offers assistance to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other undocumented students attending the university. 

Fronteras spoke to Courtney Balderas-Jacob, interim program manager for the Dreamer Resource Center, and Jaciel Castro, a student regent with the University of Texas System Board of Regents and graduate student at the UTSA College of Business.  Castro is a former dreamer who is applying for U.S. citizenship. 


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On this episode of Fronteras:

  • Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio look to address the needs of undocumented students.
  • San Antonio students find support at UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center, which provides assistance to undocumented students (3:12).
  • Asylum seekers are being denied their legal rights at U.S. detention centers (13:35).
  • Thousands of refugees take advantage of a legal loophole to cross the northern border from the U.S. to Canada (16:32).


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Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act face a painful decision: Support President Donald Trump’s offer of an immigration deal and agree to fund the building of a border wall. 

But some young undocumented immigrants in South Texas say they won’t support the border wall even if it means they gain a pathway to citizenship.


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This week on Fronteras:

  • Immigrant rights activists  in San Diego protest Congress’ inaction on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • A San Antonio charter school aims to increase rate of students who go on to earn college degrees (1:46).
  • A Dallas high school offers low-income and refugee students a crash course in financial literacy (5:51).
  • The push by a national organization to recruit Hispanic nurses (10:45).

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This week on Fronteras:

  • A farmworker searches for migrants who go missing while crossing the border.
  • The demand for Mayan interpreters in the U.S. is on the rise (4:27).
  • The emotional health of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who face losing their special status in March (10:42).


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