Politics http://kwbu.org en Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages http://kwbu.org/post/patrick-van-de-putte-hone-their-immigration-messages <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">As the&#160;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/27/undocumented-immigrants-learn-possible-deportation/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">recent surge</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">&#160;of Central Americans entering the country illegally through Texas’ border with Mexico has drawn national attention, it has also become a major talking point for the 2014 candidates for lieutenant governor.</span><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">And while state Sen.&#160;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, and state Sen.&#160;<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Leticia Van de Putte</a>, D-San Antonio, have distinct differences on immigration and border security, political observers say they each have advantages as the issue remains at the forefront.<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Van de Putte has&#160;</span><a href="http://leticiavandeputte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Immigration-Policy-FINAL.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">indicated</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&#160;that the state should secure the border by providing local law enforcement with ample resources to ensure&#160;"that troopers can focus on catching criminals, not kids” while calling for immigration reform at the federal level to get to the root of illegal immigration.</span><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:03:51 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 5827 at http://kwbu.org Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages A Brief History Of Civilian Planes That Have Been Shot Down http://kwbu.org/post/brief-history-civilian-planes-have-been-shot-down Ukrainian officials say <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332284391/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-with-plane-over-ukraine">pro-Russian separatists may have shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane</a> that crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard.<p>It's rare, but not unprecedented, for civilian airliners to be shot down. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:23:00 +0000 editor 5814 at http://kwbu.org A Brief History Of Civilian Planes That Have Been Shot Down Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot http://kwbu.org/post/plan-make-6-states-out-california-may-head-ballot Backers of a plan to cut California into six states say they now have enough signatures from supporters to get their proposal on a general-election ballot in the state. The plan would create new states with names like Jefferson, Silicon Valley and South California.<p>The initiative's main backer is tech industry investor Timothy Draper, who plans to hold a news conference today to officially announce that his group has enough petition signatures to move the plan forward. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:23:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 5690 at http://kwbu.org Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot Can Political, Faith Groups Build On The Immigration Exchange With Obama? http://kwbu.org/post/can-political-faith-groups-build-immigration-exchange-obama <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">President Obama and<span class="apple-converted-space">&#160;Gov</span>. Rick Perry put aside partisan differences, at least briefly, this week to share a helicopter across Dallas and discuss securing the border. The president and the governor then sat down with a group of local officials and religious leaders who are preparing to shelter 2,000 immigrant children who've been housed in cramped detention facilities.&#160;<o:p></o:p></span><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:49:03 +0000 Shelley Kofler 5518 at http://kwbu.org Can Political, Faith Groups Build On The Immigration Exchange With Obama? How a Bush-Era Law Against Trafficking Impacts the Immigration Surge http://kwbu.org/post/how-bush-era-law-against-trafficking-impacts-immigration-surge Because of a 2008 law, thousands of children crossing into Texas illegally are not turned back right away. That’s because they must get an immigration hearing first –&#160;due to a federal law that passed with bipartisan support.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation in wound through Congress in late 2007. A year later, President George W. Bush signed it into law. So why is it coming up now?</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158020504&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:46:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 5516 at http://kwbu.org How a Bush-Era Law Against Trafficking Impacts the Immigration Surge