KLRU News Brief: ‘Dreamers’ and Lawmakers Await Decision on Pres. Obama’s Immigration Action

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend, our KLRU News Brief looks at the recent court injunction of President Obama’s two immigration programs: an expansion of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the implementation of DAPA, which allows parents of lawful resident children to be free of deportation and to obtain work permits. On Monday, the Obama Administration appealed the injunction.

Denise Gilman, UT Law Professor and Director of the school’s Immigration Clinic, told us the final decision about the legality of the program probably won’t be made for months or even years. For now it’s on hold, but Gilman believes we’ll know in the next few weeks if the DACA expansion and DAPA can be implemented in the meantime.

Governor Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit while he was Texas Attorney General. He accuses President Obama of ignoring the law.

“We have in the President’s executive order, an action in utter violation of the Constitution – of the President trying to circumvent around Congress and impose his own dictatorial mandates concerning immigration laws in this nation.” Governor Abbott said on February 18th. “The decision by Judge Hanen was far more than a victory for Texas and the other 25 states who joined us. This was a victory for America, and for the rule of law, and a victory for the Constitution. I am confident that as this case works its way up through the appellate process we will continue to win.”

Juan and Mizraim Belman are young immigration activists and members of the University Leadership Initiative. They crossed the border in 2003 from Mexico. Juan is a student at UT, Mizraim is a Junior at Crockett High School. They have two younger brothers who were born in the U.S., so if DAPA is implemented their parents will qualify to obtain legal status. In 2011, their father was detained and began deportation proceedings.

“We didn’t know what was going to happen, if he was going to get deported. In my mind I didn’t know if we were going to have to go back or if I was going to have to stay here by myself,” Juan said. “It was my first year at UT, my first semester, and all these things were going on and I didn’t know what to do.”

The family hired a lawyer and paid a $5,000 fine. In 2013 their father’s case was administratively closed because the court had too many other cases and he wasn’t seen as a priority for deportation. Both men are hopeful the courts will uphold President Obama’s action.

“I was crying out of happiness when Obama announced the expansion of DACA and DAPA because I knew all the hard work and organizing had paid off,” Juan said. “And I knew my parents would have the opportunity to receive a work permit and stay in the U.S. But now, with this injunction, it’s kind of heartbreaking.”

We followed the brothers at the State Capitol earlier this week where they lobbied lawmakers to continue providing in-state tuition for undocumented students who graduate from Texas high schools. Our partners at The Texas Tribune released a poll today showing Texans are split on that issue. You can find the poll results and analysis from the Tribune’s Ross Ramsey here.

You can see this story in the video above.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. We won’t have News Briefs for the next two weeks due to our pledge drive. But, you can find our previous local and state stories here and our American Graduate stories here

Science Night 3/4

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation “Flying High” at 7pm
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies at 8:30 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

 

Highlights March 1-7

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Just three challenges lie between the three finalists and the trophy on the finale of the Great British Baking Show at 6:30 pm Sunday.

The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton Abbey for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey season 5 finale at 8 pm Sunday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration at 10 pm Sunday recaps  the first two Seasons of Mr. Selfridge and presents a sneak peek at Season 3, which starts later this month.

Find out what treasures the Antiques Roadshow crew found in Austin last summer Monday at 7 pm.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Find out more on Independent Lens Monday at 8:30 pm.

Told by female business leaders, Makers Women in Business at 7 pm Tuesday takes a candid look at what it takes to make it and a celebrates the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

Nature Earthflight at 7 pm Wednesday goes behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova at 8:30 pm Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Back-to-back Overheard with Evan Smith episodes feature two of Austin’s most creative citizens. First at 7 pm, Richard Linklater talks about Boyhood. Next, Lawrence Wright talks about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

Discover the man behind the music on John Denver Country Boy at 8 pm Friday. This intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter features friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Grow up with vines to screen, shade, and attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bountiful front yard captivates neighbors and wildlife, where in back serenity rules in part shade.

Father Brown: Saving Souls, Solving Crimes at 7 pm Saturday  features clips from the season and interviews with the cast including: Mark Williams (Father Brown), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy), Nancy Carrol (Lady Felicia), Alex Price (Sid Carter), and Tom Chambers (Inspector Sullivan).

Q Night at the Movies 2/28

This week on Q Night at the Movies:

Variety Studio – Actors On Actors at 6:30 pm
Some of the busiest actors today discuss their recent work. Featuring Jennifer Aniston “Cake” and Emily Blunt “Into the Woods”, Christoph Waltz “Big Eyes” and Ralph Fiennes “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Marion Cotillard “Two Days, One Night” and Timothy Spall “Mr. Turner”, Chadwick Boseman “Get on Up” and Logan Lerman “Fury”.

On Story at 7:30 pm
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind 42, LA Confidential, Mystic River, and A Knight’s Tale, shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry. Accompanied by the short film Hector Is Gonna Kill Nate, from Ari Issler about a basketball student that rolls into his High School gym looking for revenge.

Feature Film: Casablanca at 8 pm
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

Aint It Cool with Harrry Knowles at 9:45 pm
Part 2 of our special with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon, further explores the genius of one of Hollywood’s brightest new filmmakers. Beau offers Harry and viewers insight into the rest of the A-List Hollywood players behind the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show like David Fincher, Joel Schumacher and Jodie Foster.

Film School Shorts at 10:15 pm
A Doctor’s Job (UCLA) and Teleglobal Dreamin’ (Tisch Asia): Dr. Ramon Moran is an ER physician and cab driver. Set in Peru, Ramon picks up a fare that will radically change his day. Written, directed by Julio O. Ramos. Rosa is a Filipina telemarketer with a crush on Dale, a corporate-trainer from Hollywood. After learning he’s an actor, Rosa presses to be his guide around town. Word about Dale’s ‘fame’ spreads quickly, until an unexpected turn of events changes things dramatically. Directed, written by Eric Flanagan.

March 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In March 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm: Earthflight, NATURE Presentation “Flying High”
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made features drones and camera-carrying birds.  To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captures remarkable images of wild flocks but also relies on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years on 6 continents and in more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team uses many extraordinary techniques.
Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm: To Catch A Comet
On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Ireland’s Wild River”
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

In the Studio: Salman Khan tapes Overheard 3/12

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Salman Khan on March 12 at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (3)Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Sal founded Khan Academy in 2008. He began by tutoring his cousins remotely by video. The videos attracted a large YouTube following. Today, Khan Academy is an online learning platform which includes practice exercises, instructional videos, analytics and teacher tools. It has over 15 million registered users in over 190 countries and is available in around 28 languages. Sal Khan is the closing speaker at SXSWedu 2015.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Salman Khan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven event 2/26

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Our friends at The Contemporary Austin are hosting the annual Five x Seven event on Feb. 26th at Brazos Hall. Purchase tickets and get more details on The Contemporary Austin’s website

The Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven art sale, featuring over 600 original works of art by Texas artists, all hung anonymously and all within the dimensions of 5×7 inches. The event features live music, bites and beverages from Austin’s favorite establishments, exciting new artwork, and great conversations. The Five x Seven Silent Auction features works by past and current Contemporary Austin exhibiting artists Orly GengerTom SachsDo Ho Suh and more.

Tickets are $150 for the event and afterparty or $50 for the after party only. Purchase tickets now

In the Studio: Kim Gordon tapes Overheard 2/28

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kim Gordon on Saturday, February 28 at 10:30am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (1)Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the memoir Girl in a Band, which hits book sellers tomorrow. The memoir, which is already topping a number of must-read lists, chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist. She is in Austin to sign books and discuss Girl in a Band with Austin City Limits’ Terry Lickona at BookPeople on Friday, February 27. BookPeople will be selling any remaining autographed copies of the book at our taping.

Save the Date to Amplify Austin!

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Amplify Austin, Austin’s 24-hour giving day, is right around the corner. Here’s how you can help KLRU continue to tell the stories that entertain, inspire and change lives!

Give: Donate online starting at 6pm on March 5th until 6pm on March 6th at amplifyatx.org/klru. Can’t participate on March 5th or 6th? Schedule your donation to KLRU now!

Engage: Join KLRU at Frank, 407 Colorado St 78701 at 6pm on March 5th! Celebrate philanthropy in Austin and watch as your donation makes an impact. Hosted by Next, KLRU’s young professionals group.

Amplify: Your Amplify Austin gift to KLRU will make your PBS station eligible for bonus donations thanks to incentive donations from the day’s sponsors.

Interested in becoming a fundraiser? We have some pretty great prizes to sweeten the deal if you do! Here’s how:

1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page — AmplifyATX.org/klru
2. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
3. Create a donor/fundraiser account for ease of tracking your donations and managing your fundraising pages. Please provide name, email, and password in order to submit information.
4. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
5. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
6. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
7. KLRU will approve as they come in.

Fundraising Page Fun Facts:

  • Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made during the giving day on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  • Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  • Fundraisers’ goal thermometer on their page will not move until the day-of when actual transactions are being processed and run. Scheduled donations are merely scheduled, not run yet, and will not reflect on the fundraiser page until the giving day begins. If you have a fundraiser whose thermometer goal has moved prior to Amplify Austin Day, it is because they received a real-time live donation that is not part of Amplify Austin Day.

Incentives for our Personal Fundraisers:

  • KLRU T-Shirts to the 1st 3 to raise $240
  • Roku | Streaming TV & Media Player to the 1st 3 to raise $400
  • ACL Anniversary Book to the 1st 3 to raise $500
  • ACL Taping, of your choice, to the 1st 2 to raise $1000*
  • Benefit Concert tickets to the 1st to raise $3000

Thanks for helping KLRU Amplify Austin!

American Graduate: Dual Language Students Celebrate Tet New Year

The Austin ISD school board voted to expand its Spanish dual language program to two middle schools starting next school year. But Spanish isn’t the only language in the district’s dual language classrooms – Summitt Elementary is the district’s only Vietnamese dual language program. On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend our KLRU News Brief goes inside that program, as students celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, and the Year of the Goat.

Olivia Hernandez, AISD’s Director of Bilingual Education says learning a second language fosters “academic and cognitive development” and that the goal for these students is for them to graduate “bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.”

Two teachers are assigned to each classroom. One is ESL certified and will teach the children language arts and social sciences in English.  She’s paired with a teacher who is bilingually certified in Vietnamese and will teach math and science in Vietnamese.

“We’re adding a second language, and we’re not eradicating their native language,” said Hernandez. “Language is the most important item or piece in identity of a person. If you lose your native language, you’re losing part of your identity.”

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. This story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx.