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49,000 Texas Children Could See Parents Lose TPS, Suspected Case Of Measles In La Porte, And Negotiation On Remains Of Sugar Land 95

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Pro-immigration activists rally in front of the White House, in Washington D.C., to ask the federal government to maintain the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations.
This file photo shows activists rallying in front of the White House to ask the Trump administration to maintain TPS designations.

49,000 Texas Children Could See Parents Lose TPS

A total of 49,000 Texas children have a parent with Temporary Protected Status from El Salvador, Honduras or Haiti, according to a study by the Center for American Progress.

The parents of those children could lose their immigration status if federal courts side with the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the vast majority of those protected.

Currently, a federal injunction is keeping TPS in effect for people from El Salvador and Haiti, but not Honduras. Those three countries make up 94 percent of immigrants with these protections.

If parents can’t stay in the United States legally, some will leave their families and return to their home countries, according to the report’s author Nicole Svajlenka.

TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti have lived in the United States an average of 22 years.

Measles rash.

Suspected Case Of Measles In La Porte

A prekindergarten student at La Porte Elementary School has a suspected case of measles, the school has reported.

The school says it’s working closely with Harris County Public Health and will take “all steps necessary to ensure the well-being of our students.” School personnel are disinfecting all classrooms and common areas as a precautionary measure.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can be spread to others through coughing and sneezing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. Montgomery and Galveston County also confirmed one case each.

Archaeologists work at the Fort Bend County site where unmarked graves were found in April 2018.

Negotiation On Remains Of Sugar Land 95

Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend Independent School District will negotiate what to do with the remains of nearly 100 African American prison inmates who archaeologists believe were forced to work in a Sugar Land plantation while they were serving their time in the 19th century.

On Tuesday, the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court authorized County Attorney Roy Cordes Jr. to negotiate with the school district. The district plans to construct the James Reese Career and Technical Center on the site where the remains were discovered last April.

County Judge KP George told News 88.7 the goal of the negotiation is that the remains are not moved and, if they are, to rebury them in “close proximity” to the current site.

Fort Bend ISD said in a statement it’s “optimistic that an agreement will lead to the preservation of the historic cemetery, while allowing Fort Bend ISD to provide our students with opportunities for career exploration and development at the James Reese Career and Technical Center.”