ABC13 Viva Houston February 19, 2017

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Edgar Colon, an attorney and lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown, discusses the controversial border wall promised by President Donald Trump. (KTRK)

Segment 1 - Edgar Colon, an attorney and lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown, discusses the controversial border wall promised by President Donald Trump and the impact it could have on U.S. - Mexico relations. The president also wants 5,000 more border patrol agents hired. In 1986, an estimated 3-million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. By 2006, the number grew to 11-million. Mr. Trump wants to reverse that trend. Colon believes U.S. - Mexico relations will suffer because of the wall.
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Adonias Arevalo with "United We Dream" and the statewide organizer of the "UndocuTexas" campaign, discusses his reservations.


Segment 2 - A discussion on a ban on "sanctuary cities" recently approved by the Texas State Senate. Senate Bill 4 would deny state grant money to cities, counties and college campuses that refuse federal requests to hand over immigrants already in custody for possible deportation. Adonias Arevalo with "United We Dream" and the statewide organizer of the "UndocuTexas" campaign, discusses his reservations about the measure that now faces a vote in the Texas House of Representatives. Arevalo sees it as racial profiling.
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Dr. Marco Campos, a cardiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, talks about why Hispanics face a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.


Segment 3 - February is "Heart Month." Dr. Marco Campos, a cardiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, talks about why Hispanics face a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Campos says Hispanic women are especially at risk. He also shares tips on how to prevent heart disease.
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Joshua Menefee, Financial Aid Manager at San Jacinto College discusses how easy it is to apply for aid and discusses some of the reasons Hispanics are hesitant to sign up.


Segment 4 - The number of Hispanic students enrolling in college is on the rise. But many families still believe the cost of a college education is out of reach. Meantime, millions of dollars of grant and financial aid money goes unused. Joshua Menefee, Financial Aid Manager at San Jacinto College discusses how easy it is to apply for aid and discusses some of the reasons Hispanics are hesitant to sign up.

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