John Burnett http://blog.wlrn.org en For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:21:00 +0000 John Burnett 35288 at http://blog.wlrn.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://blog.wlrn.org/post/influx-children-creates-new-strain-beleaguered-immigration-courts President Obama said over the weekend that he is seeking to fast-track deportations of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who cross into the United States.<p>More than 52,000 have been caught in South Texas since October, and hundreds more arrive daily, overwhelming Border Patrol stations and overflowing temporary shelters.<p>But once they get here, what happens? Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 John Burnett 34859 at http://blog.wlrn.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts U.S. Court: Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Had Rights http://blog.wlrn.org/post/us-court-mexican-teen-killed-border-patrol-had-rights Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In the shadow of the major Supreme Court cases yesterday, there was a lesser-noticed but momentous ruling by a federal appeals court in a case involving the use of deadly force by the border patrol. A decision by a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans finds, effectively, that due process protections guaranteed by the Constitution do not stop at the border. It found, for the first time, that a border patrol agent cannot stand in the United States and shoot a Mexican citizen on Mexican soil without consequences. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 John Burnett 34808 at http://blog.wlrn.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://blog.wlrn.org/post/meet-newest-american-running-mate-rifle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2b8cJNdQw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjkgE6OTGY</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 34748 at http://blog.wlrn.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents http://blog.wlrn.org/post/stream-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-us-border-agents Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.<p>For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.<p>Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 John Burnett 34306 at http://blog.wlrn.org From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents How Border Patrol Handles The Immigrant Children Streaming Into Texas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-border-patrol-handles-immigrant-children-streaming-texas Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The majority of the minors seeking asylum cross through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. NPR's John Burnett is there this week. He joins us to tell us about the huge volume of kids crossing the border and about the conditions where some of them are now being detained. And John, you're in the city of Harlingen. What are you hearing?<p>JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Audie, no one has ever seen anything like this before. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 John Burnett 33781 at http://blog.wlrn.org Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle http://blog.wlrn.org/post/open-carry-activists-bear-arms-streets-and-chipotle As part of the open carry movement, some gun rights activists in Texas have been carrying loaded rifles into restaurants to assert their second amendment rights. A growing list of national chains has pushed back, though, instituting no-guns policies in response. Even the National Rifle Association has publicly rebuked the Texas long-gun enthusiasts. NPR's John Burnett covers a street demonstration by a particularly aggressive chapter of the open carry movement in Fort Worth, Texas. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 John Burnett 33559 at http://blog.wlrn.org Border Agency Revises And Makes Public Its Use Of Force Policy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/border-agency-revises-and-makes-public-its-use-force-policy U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske has released documents regarding the use of force along the U.S.-Mexico border. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:05:00 +0000 John Burnett 33206 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-private-pilots-complain-customs-rethinks-intercept-policy Federal border security agents have sharply reduced intercepts of general aviation aircraft, following complaints by pilots that excessive police action at small airports is restricting the freedom to fly.<p>An official with U.S. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:35:00 +0000 John Burnett 33037 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nigerian-church-spreads-african-style-zeal-across-north-america In earlier times, white missionaries traveled from Europe and America to sub-Saharan Africa to save souls.<p>Today, the trend has reversed. Evangelists from the global south are targeting Americans and Europeans they say are ripe for Christian renewal.<p>There is no greater example than the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Sun, 18 May 2014 17:34:00 +0000 John Burnett 32534 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question http://blog.wlrn.org/post/us-border-patrols-response-violence-question Picnickers in a riverside park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, react in horror as a man in a yellow baseball cap named Guillermo Arevalo lies on the bank of the Rio Grande, bleeding to death.<p>It's a warm Monday evening in September 2012. He has just been shot by an agent on a U.S. Border Patrol airboat on the river. The Border Patrol says the agent shot at rock throwers and that the incident is under investigation.<p>Witnesses say Arevalo was not throwing rocks. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:04:00 +0000 John Burnett 32364 at http://blog.wlrn.org U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community http://blog.wlrn.org/post/statue-homeless-jesus-startles-wealthy-community A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.<p>The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.<p>Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.<p>The reaction was immediate. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:43:00 +0000 John Burnett 30715 at http://blog.wlrn.org Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community Obama Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Shooting http://blog.wlrn.org/post/obama-honors-victims-fort-hood-shooting President Obama is traveling to Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for those killed in last week's shooting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 John Burnett 30537 at http://blog.wlrn.org Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny http://blog.wlrn.org/post/onscreen-out-sight-tv-preachers-avoid-tax-scrutiny Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block, coming to you this week from member station KERA in Dallas.<p>This week, we're bringing you two special reports that delve into the hidden finances of televangelists. Yesterday, we featured an investigation into Daystar Television, headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth. Daystar describes itself as the fastest growing Christian TV network in the world. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:28:00 +0000 John Burnett 30203 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-television-network-be-church-irs-says-yes Flip on <a href="http://www.daystar.com">Daystar</a> television at any hour of the day and you'll likely see the elements of modern televangelism: a stylish set, an emotional spiritual message and a phone number on the screen soliciting donations.<p>Based in a studio complex between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and broadcasting to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe, Daystar calls itself the fastest growing Christian television network in the world.<p>The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church.<p>Televangelists have a choice when they deal wi Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 John Burnett 30136 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes