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Fifth Circuit, Immigration Economics, and Diane Rehm: Monday’s Show (February 22, 2016)

Posted on · Until a new Justice is named and confirmed to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, any rulings resulting in a 4-4 tie among the current Justices will lead to the lower court ruling being upheld, without a precedent set. When it comes to cases involving the state of Texas, that lower […]

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Minors at the Border and Space Debris: Wednesday’s Show (January 6, 2016)

Posted on · Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now […]

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Immigration Reform is More than Just a U.S.-Mexico Problem

Posted on · At a recent symposium on immigration at Rice University, diplomats, scholars, activists, and public officials noted the issue is more than just a U.S./Mexico border problem, that other countries bear responsibility for migration. We discuss immigration beyond the border with Dr. Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, […]

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How Houston Groups are Responding to the Issue of Undocumented Children Entering the US

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers […]

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Children Crossing the Border Alone Face Numerous Challenges

Posted on · Last week the Obama Administration created a program to provide young children crossing the border without their parents with lawyers to help them navigate their way through immigration court. Obtaining adequate legal representation isn’t the only challenge children caught crossing the border illegally face. In a series of investigative reports, the Houston Chronicle has documented […]

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Unaccompanied Minors Crossing the Border: Houston Matters for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Posted on · Vast numbers of often unaccompanied young children continue to cross into south Texas from Mexico. The White House says they’re fleeing violence in Central America. That’s why the Obama administration has begun to provide these minors seeking asylum with lawyers to assist them as they navigate our immigration courts. It’s not common practice for those […]