John Burnett http://nhpr.org en Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? http://nhpr.org/post/who-smuggling-immigrant-children-across-border "They call me the Wolf," said the 25-year-old human smuggler sitting in front of me, sipping a Coke and stepping away for frequent cellphone calls.<p>"Everybody says we're the problem, but it's the reverse. The gringos don't want to get their hands dirty. So I bring them the Mexicans and Central Americans to do the dirty work for them," he says, smiling.<p>U.S. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Burnett 51947 at http://nhpr.org Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://nhpr.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 23:40:00 +0000 John Burnett 51635 at http://nhpr.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://nhpr.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 51183 at http://nhpr.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts U.S. Court: Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Had Rights http://nhpr.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 09:21:00 +0000 John Burnett 51126 at http://nhpr.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://nhpr.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 51058 at http://nhpr.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents http://nhpr.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 21:31:00 +0000 John Burnett 50597 at http://nhpr.org From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle http://nhpr.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 21:02:00 +0000 John Burnett 49843 at http://nhpr.org Border Agency Revises And Makes Public Its Use Of Force Policy http://nhpr.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 20:47:00 +0000 John Burnett 49472 at http://nhpr.org After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy http://nhpr.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 49270 at http://nhpr.org After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question http://nhpr.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 48516 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question U.S. Border Patrol Scrutinized For Increasing Fatalities http://nhpr.org/post/us-border-patrol-scrutinized-increasing-fatalities Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>For people near the U.S. border with Mexico, the Border Patrol is part of life. You pass agents on the highway, or parked quietly by the border fence. Along with the security has come criticism for violence. In numerous incidents, agents are accused of shooting unarmed Mexicans, some of them said to be throwing rocks. The incidents are a sensitive subject for the agency. NPR's John Burnett learned just how sensitive.<p>JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: The U.S. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:20:00 +0000 John Burnett 47632 at http://nhpr.org Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community http://nhpr.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 46668 at http://nhpr.org Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community Fort Hood Memorializes Shooting Victims, Obama Attends http://nhpr.org/post/fort-hood-memorializes-shooting-victims-obama-attends President Obama joined families and troops paying tribute to the three soldiers killed last week by a fellow soldier. Obama was there in 2009 after another mass shooting at the base. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:18:00 +0000 John Burnett 46509 at http://nhpr.org Obama Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Shooting http://nhpr.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 46476 at http://nhpr.org Second Deadly Shooting At Fort Hood Raises Multiple Questions http://nhpr.org/post/second-deadly-shooting-fort-hood-raises-multiple-questions Attention is focused on the mental state of Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, who's accused of killing 3 people and injuring 16 at Fort Hood on Wednesday. A verbal altercation may have lead to the shooting. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:02:00 +0000 John Burnett 46186 at http://nhpr.org