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Top Stories: Federal Judge Orders Families Be Reunited; Tenants Displaced By Dallas ISD Move Out

Julia Reihs
Sandra Duarte joined protesters at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against policies that separate families seeking shelter and asylum at the U.S. border.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A federal judge has given the Trump administration a deadline for reunifying families that it separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under its so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Under the court order, federal border authorities have to reunite separated families within 30 days. Children younger than 5 must be reunited with their parents within 14 days.

The Trump policy on illegal border crossings resulted in some 2,000 children separated from their families – as adults face legal proceedings. Many of those children are staying in detention facilities across the state.

Still, questions remain about how the federal government actually plans to reunite them.

Other stories this evening:

  • The Dallas City Council voted Wednesday to strengthen the city's dog ordinance. An amendment establishes a criminal penalty for dog bites and clearly defines an "aggressive dog." The vote follows recent dog attacks in southern Dallas – some of them resulting in serious injuries and death. In 2016, Army veteran Antoinette Brown was killed after being mauled by a pack of dogs. The City Council today also took on bike-share companies, approving regulations that will require bike and motor scooter operators to get permits.

  • On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban, which restricts travel from seven Muslim majority countries to the United States. Souad Meknnet is a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk. Today on Think, she talked with guest host Courtney Collins about how extremists could use the ban as a recruitment tool.

  • Back in October, the Dallas school district bought an apartment complex in Vickery Meadow, with plans to build a new elementary school on the land. The tenants were given a deadline to move out by the end of June – and most of them have. Just a few months ago, though, the tenants – many of whom live on the financial edge – spoke out against Dallas ISD, demanding the district provide better relocation assistance. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo follows up with what demands were actually met.

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