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‘A path to citizenship’
International Affairs, News, Politics

‘A path to citizenship’

‘A path to citizenship’ By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Saturday, March 13, 2021 One TAMIU alumna and DACA recipient reminisces about the policy that remained in a purgatory state during her tenure as a full-time student. Dreamers are undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, according to the National Immigration Forum. During former President Donald J. Trump’s administration, several Dreamers faced many uncertainties. Since its creation in June 2012 by President Barack Obama's administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals held a great impact on young illegal immigrants, offering them what is commonly referred to by officials as “a path to citizenship.” Bridge File PhotoIn this October 2017 file photo, Ana Karen Contreras and other DAC...
Grassroots organization believes efforts finally paid off
Civil Affairs, International Affairs, News, Politics

Grassroots organization believes efforts finally paid off

Grassroots organization believes efforts finally paid off By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanandDavid Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, March 5, 2021 “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall,” were famous words heard around the world as spoken by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Who would have thought similar words would be spoken today in 2021? Back on Jan. 20 the U.S. swore in President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and with a stroke of a pen, he halted construction on the southern border wall. In a Media Advisory report, Tricia Cortez, executive director with the Rio Grande International Study Center, founding member of the Laredo No Border Wall Coalition, said, “This is a huge win and a critical first step for our community, our river, our future. After two years of operating in ...
Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month
Civil Affairs, Español, International Affairs, International Studies, On Campus

Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month

Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff WriterPublished on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Latinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This event is dedicated primarily to honor the culture and contributions of Hispanics and Latino Americans throughout history, as well as demonstrating the importance of their impact on society. Information Literacy Librarian Elizabeth DeZouch said, “This [celebration] was established by President [Lyndon B.] Johnson but was extended to last month by President [Ronald] Reagan. [Latinx Heritage Month] begins on Sept. 16 because that is when Mexico got [its] independence from Spain, so it makes sense to begin celebrating on that date.” DeZouch’s job includes ...
ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact
Academia, Alumni, Education, Humans of TAMIU, International Affairs

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 [Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profile articles on the successes of various TAMIU alumni, written by a TAMIU alumnus who recently returned to his alma mater to work on a graduate degree. Matthew Balderas is also a former editor-in-chief of The Bridge.] First-generation college graduate Osvaldo "Ozzy" Guzman describes getting accepted into TAMIU as one of his family's most significant accomplishments. After graduation, he continues to raise that bar ever higher. "I had taken a lot of the experiences that I had undergone in my undergraduate studies,” Guzman said. “I got to be exposed to a lot of leadership [and] I got a l...
Coronavirus affects TAMIU campus
Health, International Affairs, On Campus

Coronavirus affects TAMIU campus

Coronavirus affects TAMIU campus By Maria ReyneroBridge contributing writer Published Monday, April 20, 2020 As the threat of COVID-19 spread, TAMIU’s policy began and continues to be following the regulations and guidelines of the City of Laredo Health Department. Since the initial spread, the campus was partially closed for many activities, face masks are required to enter campus buildings, and other initiatives set forth by Laredo. A virus which began as a case in Wuhan, China, became an outbreak, and spread to numerous other countries before becoming a global pandemic. The coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, spread to the U.S. It can be deadly once it causes the COVID-19 disease. Anyone showing symptoms is encouraged to seek medical attention and supervision. As of...
Academia, Education, International Affairs, International Studies, On Campus

‘Invisible Graves’ focus of speech

‘Invisible Graves’ focus of speech By Andrea MartinezBridge contributing writerPublished March 30, 2020 Near the U.S.-Mexico border, there are high numbers of unknown dead migrants. These migrants are buried in trash bags in forgotten unmarked graves. Professor Kate Spradley, a forensic anthropologist at Texas State University, presented “Invisible Graves: Migrant Deaths in the Texas Desert” at TAMIU. She quoted Sheriff Martinez of Brooks County, Texas, “For every person found, there are at least five that are not found.” Spradley said Brooks County is recognized as “Death Valley” for all the migrants passing through. It is a little further from the border; however, it bears the highest migrant death toll for Texas border towns since 2009. They bury the unknown migrants in the...
Twice as nice: Pelosi returns to Gateway City
Civil Affairs, International Affairs, International Studies, News, Politics

Twice as nice: Pelosi returns to Gateway City

Twice as nice Pelosi returns to Gateway City By Angela CarranzaBridge Staff Writerand Reuben RodriguezBridge Circulation ManagerPublished March 30, 2020 Returning for a second year, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attended WBCA’s International Bridge Ceremony on the U.S.-Mexico border. On Feb. 22, Pelosi; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stood at the border. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeThree U.S. House of Representatives members participate during the International Bridge Ceremony on Feb. 22 on the U.S.-Mexico border. From left: law enforcement officers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen to the National Anthem. Cuellar began t...
International Affairs, Politics

Cubans Stationed in Mexico Face Uncertainty

By Carmen Garcia President Obama’s last foreign policy decision this past January aimed to treat all migrants coming into the US to be processed equally. The end of the “Wet Feet, Dry Feet” policy—which was an open door to Cuban migrants—came as a sudden compromise, especially to the Cubans who faltered along the way to the US.   (more…)
International Affairs

Lonely Days for the US

By Gloria Guajardo It has been nearly two months since President Donald Trump took office. In these few weeks, his administration has placed immigrants all over the US on edge. (more…)
International Affairs

Will Foreign Aid Ever End Poverty?

By Brianna Cruz It is the season in which America is choosing their best candidate to represent them as a nation. Both candidates have expressed their view on poverty and the foreign policy the United States follows. Both candidates are focused on eliminating poverty and have almost the exact same outcome. The goals of the foreign policy are to “build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.” It also focuses on exports and nuclear technology and interaction with foreign nations. This subject has been a topic of debate not only here in the U.S., but worldwide. This policy is one of the most important tools that the rich countries use to help poor countries. It is used to improve the population from...
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