Immigrant Families Remain Separated after Reunification Deadline – This week marked the end of the deadline given by a federal judge to the Trump administration to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents. Administration officials failed to comply with the order, as hundreds are still awaiting reunification. The humanitarian crisis caused by the “zero tolerance” policy toward parents seeking asylum was the focus of a community forum in Fresno in California’s Central Valley. At the forum, a grandmother addressed human rights activists, giving her testimony in public for the first time. She spoke of the pain caused by having her child and grandchild separated in detention centers and the anguish of knowing they could be deported and face almost certain death in their native El Salvador. Lucia Orozco has this report.
Women Shine at Tejano Conjunto Festival – Tejano Conjunto music is a genre that has gained loyal fans in the towns and communities along the US-Mexico border. Although this music and its most distinctive instrument, the accordion, have long been dominated by men, women are now changing the face and the sound of Tejano Conjunto. This was seen at the recent edition of the Tejano Conjunto Festival, a nearly four decades-long tradition in San Antonio in southern Texas. Zaidee Stavely reports on some of the female artists that are making their mark on this popular border music genre.