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Top Stories: ICE And Texas Sheriffs Partner Up; Stopping Mail-In Ballot Fraud

Jul 31, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Texas is ground zero in the immigration debate as the Legislature proved when it passed the controversial Senate Bill 4. The so-called “Sanctuary Cities” law penalizes government agencies that don’t cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. 

In Grapevine on Monday, the state's sheriffs are holding their annual meeting. ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, celebrated 18 Texas sheriffs who are part of an ICE program known as 287-G. It trains local law officers to carry out federal immigration policies. KERA’s Stella Chavez was there and talked about it with Justin Martin.

  Other stories this evening:

  • Earlier this month, ten people died and dozens more remain hospitalized after being trafficked into San Antonio in the back of a tractor trailer. While some say stricter immigration laws are increasing the amount of human smuggling within the U.S., Hipolito Acosta says the lack of law enforcement is the real problem. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with the former U.S. immigration official about how employers contribute to illegal immigration.

  • Elections experts say when it comes to voter fraud, in person fraud is rare...most cases happen with mail-in ballots.  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say something should be done to better prevent, detect and punish people who abuse the mail-in ballot system. But as KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, that doesn’t seem to be leading to cooperation on the efforts during this special session.

 You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.