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Sierra Juarez

Sierra Juarez is covering the 86th legislative session for public radio stations throughout Texas. Previously, she’s interned for The Texas Tribune, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Current and KUT. She’s also participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio program. Sierra will graduate in May 2019 with a journalism degree and a certificate in Latino Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
 

With less than two weeks left in the 86th legislative session, lawmakers are racing to have their bills considered, passed and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. The fate of much of the proposed legislation will be decided in these final days.

A family under the Paso del Norte bridge in El Paso. The makeshift facility where U.S. Border Patrol housed migrants was open air and surrounded by barbed wire fence.
Lynda M. Gonzales / KUT

As families seeking asylum continue to be released, the American Civil Liberties Union Border Rights Center and ACLU of Texas are calling for an investigation into the conditions at a temporary U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in El Paso.

From drafting new safety plans to increasing mental health resources on campuses, Texas lawmakers have varied proposals for addressing school safety this legislative session.