Dreamers’ Future in Limbo

By Lilly Quiroz Saba Nafees emigrated Lahore, Pakistan and came to the U.S. at the age of eleven to purse a better education. Today, she attends Texas Tech University as a doctoral student in mathematical biology. She is a DACA recipient. On Jan. 25, 2017, in an interview with ABC News, President Trump said, “[Dreamers] […]

Show Me Some (National) ID

By Mary Onishi Just like everyone has a mom, everyone has a national identity. But determining the second is a little trickier than a simple blood test. Factors such as birthright, language, beliefs, values and citizenship play a role in piecing together national identity, according to Associate Professor of U.S. at Texas Tech University History […]

Travel Restrictions Bring Stress, Fear for Students

By Nathan Lawson Since President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 27 banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, immigrants in the Texas Tech community have voiced their feelings. According to a fact sheet issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the seven countries being denied entry to the United States are Iraq, Syria, Sudan, […]

Climate Change Affects Refugees’ Decision to Leave

By Elizabeth Hale Syrian refugees may be driven out of their native land mostly by war, but few people realize weather patterns also contribute to the exodus. This was one of the takeaways from a Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center event held last week to raise awareness of global climate change. The Center provides research and […]

American Dream, Mexican Nightmare

Take a sneak peek inside into life on the Texas-Mexico border… and those who dare to cross it in hopes to pursue the “American Dream.” American Dream Not Quite Reality For Priscilla Aguero and Jose Loredo, the American dream has yet to be achieved. As a young man, Loredo made his way through the harsh elements of the […]

American Dream Not Quite Reality

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know, what I was walling in or walling out, and to whom I was like to give offense. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down,” – Robert Frost, Mending Wall. In a small, quiet neighborhood on the edge of Lubbock, 31-year-old Priscilla […]

Long Wait Brings Focus to Restrictions

Vanessa Loredo, a Texas Tech University sophomore Spanish major, said her father, Jose Loredo’s cousin, crossed over illegally when he was young. Read his story in: American Dream Not Quite Reality As a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, he moved to Weslaco, where he began to work and build a family, Vanessa Loredo said. After […]

Desert Guides at a High Price

A local woman who has assisted undocumented citizens over the border, knows Loredo and Aguero’s story because she too has lived it. Read also: Long Wait Brings Focus to Restrictions Born in Texas and raised in Mexico, she came back to Texas where her family made a living traveling as migrant workers. She refused to […]

Blurred Border Boundaries

Immigration expert and Texas Tech University professor Miguel Levario, Ph.D., said if there is a decrease in immigration and deportation numbers, it is most likely due to our economy, as immigration waves pattern economical ones. “The blanket statement is that this is a national policy, but if you look at the enforcement of that policy, […]

Life in Juarez

The U.S. Department of State travel website states Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico, earning it a travel warning, as the border city continues to struggle with crime and violence fueled by the illegal-drug trade. A few miles away, citizens in El Paso, Texas, reside in the safest city […]

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