John Burnett http://wcqs.org en In South Texas, Few On The Fence Over Divisive Border Wall Issue http://wcqs.org/post/south-texas-few-fence-over-divisive-border-wall-issue When Congress thinks about border security, it often sees a big, imposing fence.<p>The federal government has spent $2.3 billion to build the fence — 649 miles of steel fencing, in sections, between the U.S. and Mexico, designed to help control the illegal movement of people and contraband.<p>It's called tactical infrastructure, and the Border Patrol says it works. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:49:00 +0000 John Burnett 22362 at http://wcqs.org In South Texas, Few On The Fence Over Divisive Border Wall Issue New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color http://wcqs.org/post/new-mexicos-northern-landscape-gets-new-burst-color Much of the American West is suffering from extreme drought this year. California is running out of water and wildfires have raged through Washington, Oregon and Idaho. But there is a bright spot out West — or, rather, a green spot. In New Mexico, unusually heavy late-summer rains have transformed the landscape.<p>It's a remarkable sight. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 08:53:00 +0000 John Burnett 21995 at http://wcqs.org New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color In Texas Borderland, Security Is No Simple Goal http://wcqs.org/post/texas-borderland-security-no-simple-goal <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Texas+Borderland%2C+Security+Is+No+Simple+Goal&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The first of 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen begin arriving on the Texas-Mexico border this month. Governor Rick Perry deployed the troops after children from Central America started crossing the border in record numbers earlier this summer. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:33:00 +0000 John Burnett 21924 at http://wcqs.org Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? http://wcqs.org/post/who-smuggling-immigrant-children-across-border "They call me the Wolf," said the 25-year-old human smuggler sitting in front of me, sipping a Coke and stepping away for frequent cellphone calls.<p>"Everybody says we're the problem, but it's the reverse. The gringos don't want to get their hands dirty. So I bring them the Mexicans and Central Americans to do the dirty work for them," he says, smiling.<p>U.S. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 John Burnett 20853 at http://wcqs.org Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://wcqs.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:16:00 +0000 John Burnett 20601 at http://wcqs.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://wcqs.org/post/influx-children-creates-new-strain-beleaguered-immigration-courts President Obama said over the weekend that he is seeking to fast-track deportations of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who cross into the United States.<p>More than 52,000 have been caught in South Texas since October, and hundreds more arrive daily, overwhelming Border Patrol stations and overflowing temporary shelters.<p>But once they get here, what happens? Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 John Burnett 20221 at http://wcqs.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://wcqs.org/post/meet-newest-american-running-mate-rifle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2b8cJNdQw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjkgE6OTGY</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 20127 at http://wcqs.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents http://wcqs.org/post/stream-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-us-border-agents Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.<p>For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.<p>Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:31:00 +0000 John Burnett 19738 at http://wcqs.org From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents How Border Patrol Handles The Immigrant Children Streaming Into Texas http://wcqs.org/post/how-border-patrol-handles-immigrant-children-streaming-texas Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The majority of the minors seeking asylum cross through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. NPR's John Burnett is there this week. He joins us to tell us about the huge volume of kids crossing the border and about the conditions where some of them are now being detained. And John, you're in the city of Harlingen. What are you hearing?<p>JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Audie, no one has ever seen anything like this before. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 John Burnett 19283 at http://wcqs.org Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle http://wcqs.org/post/open-carry-activists-bear-arms-streets-and-chipotle As part of the open carry movement, some gun rights activists in Texas have been carrying loaded rifles into restaurants to assert their second amendment rights. A growing list of national chains has pushed back, though, instituting no-guns policies in response. Even the National Rifle Association has publicly rebuked the Texas long-gun enthusiasts. NPR's John Burnett covers a street demonstration by a particularly aggressive chapter of the open carry movement in Fort Worth, Texas. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 John Burnett 19095 at http://wcqs.org