Texas board of education approves a Mexican-American studies course, in all but name

04/11/2018 Dallas News

classroom-2093744_1280.jpgHigh school students in Texas will likely soon be able to take a state-approved Mexican-American studies course — but it won’t be called that.

The state’s board of education gave preliminary approval Wednesday for the creation of the course, the culmination of a four-year fight by advocates and educators to add it as an elective. A final vote will happen Friday.

“This should have happened four years ago, but we’re pleased to see the board move forward on this today,” said Kathy Miller, the president of the left-leaning nonprofit Texas Freedom Network. “It’s important for students to learn that the story of Texas and our nation includes the experiences and contributions of Mexican Americans and other people from diverse backgrounds.”

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The Latest: US Homeland Security chief postpones border trip

04/11/2018 ABC News

Border fence by couchlearnerU.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is postponing her trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

She had planned to get a firsthand look Thursday at the work being done to replace existing vehicle barriers with what is being billed as part of President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Nielsen was scheduled to get a briefing on construction near the Santa Teresa border crossing but her office said in a statement that the trip has been postponed.

Instead, she’s expected to remain in Washington, D.C., for meetings.

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Trump credits Mexico for reportedly breaking up migrant caravan

04/05/2018 Politico

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President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated the move by Mexican authorities this week to break up a large group of migrants making their way north towards the U.S., claiming credit for a reduction in illegal border crossings while insisting that such crossings remain too frequent.

“The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border,” the president wrote online. “Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs!”

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Mexican senators call on Peña Nieto to halt cooperation with US after Trump attacks

04/04/2018 The Hill

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)Mexican senators are calling on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to halt the nation’s cooperation with the U.S. on various issues after President Trump went on the attack against the country.

Mexico senators unanimously approved a nonbinding statement Wednesday that says the government should suspend joint efforts “in the fight against transnational organized crime” until Trump exhibits “civility and respect that the people of Mexico deserve,” The Associated Press reported.

The statement from the Mexican senators also rails against Trump for his “baseless and offensive comments about Mexico and Mexicans.”

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That caravan of migrants Trump was tweeting about? Mexico stopped it.

04/03/2018 The Washington Post

migrantesVERACRUZ, Mexico — The Mexican government on Monday evening moved to break up the caravan of migrants moving through southern Mexico, with immigration officials registering the travelers and suggesting some could receive humanitarian visas while others would have to leave Mexico.

The caravan, estimated at more than 1,000 migrants, many from Central America, has gained increasing visibility because of tweets by President Trump that have criticized Mexico for not doing more to stop the flow of migrants to the southern border of the United States.

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Trump administration seeks to close immigration ‘loopholes’

04/03/2018 The Washington Post

Border fenceTrump administration officials said they’re crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration “loopholes” after the president called on Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bill using the “Nuclear Option if necessary” to muscle it through.

“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!” Trump tweeted at daybreak Tuesday. The president also tweeted about “caravans” on Sunday and Monday.

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Trump privately presses for military to pay for border wall

03/27/2018 The Washington Post

Border fencePresident Trump, who repeatedly insisted during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern border, is privately pushing the U.S. military to fund construction of his signature project.

Trump has told advisers that he was spurned in a large spending bill last week when lawmakers appropriated only $1.6 billion for the border wall. He has suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and congressional leaders that the Pentagon could fund the sprawling project, citing a “national security” risk.

After floating the notion to several advisers last week, Trump told House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that the military should pay for the wall, according to three people familiar with the meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence. Ryan offered little ­reaction to the idea, these people said, but senior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect.

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