Author Archives: Diana Nguyen

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen produces the interview program West Texas Talk. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of range life, high-brow art, and the vast oil fields of West Texas.

As Reunification Deadline Approaches, One Migrant Family Wonders When They’ll See Their Daughter Again

The looming deadline to reunify parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching quickly. A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to finish reuniting families before the end of this month, but it’s still unclear exactly … Continue reading

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Q&A with Melissa Lopez: What’s the process of reuniting parents with children?

As the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy continues to unfold along the Southwestern border, Marfa Public Radio has been collecting your questions about immigration in West Texas. One listener asked us: “What’s the process of reuniting parents with children, and … Continue reading

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Western District Dismisses Some Cases Involving Family Separation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas dismissed some cases of illegal entry into the United States involving family separation. The announcement comes shortly after President Trump signed an executive order, which intends to end the administration’s … Continue reading

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Central Americans Sue the Trump Administration Over Family Separation

Three Central Americans are suing the Trump administration for its now reversed policy of separating families at the border. The lawsuit filed Wednesday is against several federal agencies, including the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for the care … Continue reading

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As Tents Rise On The Border, So Do Tensions Over Whether Boys Are ‘Unaccompanied’

The boys live in white tents in the North Chihuahuan desert. At least once a day, they are allowed to play soccer in a dry dirt clearing that’s flanked by a large metal storage container, and in spots, portable toilets. … Continue reading

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State Representative Expects Nearly 300 Migrant Children at Tornillo Shelter by End of Friday

On June 14, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that Tornillo – a town 20 miles southeast of El Paso – would become a shelter for migrant children. We spoke with State representative Mary González about the temporary shelter … Continue reading

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Dr. Shailesh Bobby Jain Hopes to Increase the Number of West Texas Child Psychiatrists Through a New Fellowship Program

Dr. Shailesh Bobby Jain is head of a new fellowship program that intends to increase mental health resources for children and families in West Texas. The program is an expansion of Texas Tech University Health Services Center’s existing child psychiatry  … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio Hiring Corporate Support Account Manager

Position Overview The Corporate Support Account Manager is ready to take their media sales career to a meaningful place. This team member is a determined, persuasive, skillful media sales professional. And, s/he loves public radio.

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Concern and Optimism Surrounds the US 67 Corridor Master Plan

Last week, the Texas Department of Transportation hosted a series of meetings to gather public input about a major West Texas roadway — US 67. To some, it’s a welcome conversation about making this traveled path safer. But for others, … Continue reading

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Andrews’ City Manager Glen Hackler on High-Level Nuclear Waste

Earlier this month, the House of Congress passed a bill to move forward on plans for building out the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada. Some legislators hope this will be the final home for the country’s nuclear waste — a problem … Continue reading

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