John Burnett http://kgou.org en In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://kgou.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:49:00 +0000 John Burnett 36308 at http://kgou.org In South Texas, Few On The Fence Over Divisive Border Wall Issue http://kgou.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 35677 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 35130 at http://kgou.org New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color In Texas Borderland, Security Is No Simple Goal http://kgou.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 20:19:00 +0000 John Burnett 35018 at http://kgou.org Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol http://kgou.org/post/amid-wave-child-immigrants-reports-abuse-border-patrol Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.<p>Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:04 +0000 John Burnett 34048 at http://kgou.org Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? http://kgou.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 15:14:46 +0000 John Burnett 33404 at http://kgou.org Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://kgou.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 23:40:00 +0000 John Burnett 33024 at http://kgou.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://kgou.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 22:16:00 +0000 John Burnett 32498 at http://kgou.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts U.S. Court: Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Had Rights http://kgou.org/post/us-court-mexican-teen-killed-border-patrol-had-rights Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In the shadow of the major Supreme Court cases yesterday, there was a lesser-noticed but momentous ruling by a federal appeals court in a case involving the use of deadly force by the border patrol. A decision by a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans finds, effectively, that due process protections guaranteed by the Constitution do not stop at the border. It found, for the first time, that a border patrol agent cannot stand in the United States and shoot a Mexican citizen on Mexican soil without consequences. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 John Burnett 32439 at http://kgou.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://kgou.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 32352 at http://kgou.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle