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Top Stories: New Numbers On Recent ICE Arrests

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement say agents detained more than 50 people over the weekend in the Austin and San Antonio areas.

Officials said they were specifically looking for people who have failed to honor a deportation order, who have warrants for DWI or domestic violence.

The majority of the country’s 11.1 million undocumented immigrants are spread across just 20 U.S. metro areas, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center.

“These have been the top 20 metropolitan areas in terms of unauthorized immigrants for at least a decade,” Pew senior demographer Jeff Passell said. “That pre-dates all of this concern over sanctuary cities.”

Using Census Bureau estimates from 2014, the Pew study found Houston has the largest number of undocumented immigrants in the state with 575,000 people. Dallas-Fort Worth was second with 475,000 people. Unauthorized immigrants account for about 37 percent of the immigrant population in both cities.

Other stories this morning:

  • TEX Rail commuter train service is scheduled to begin boarding passengers in November 2018 in downtown Fort Worth. The 27-mile rail line will connect Fort Worth with DFW Airport, with stops in North Richland Hills and Grapevine. There’ll also be a walkway connecting the TEX Rail station with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail station, making easy transfers possible. Construction’s already begun on the project north of downtown Fort Worth.
  • For decades, public schools across North Texas have endured demographic changes – from integration, busing and white flight to immigration and competition from charter and private schools. KERA’s launching a new American Graduate series next week exploring these changes, called “Race, Poverty and the Changing Face of Schools.”

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

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.