John Burnett http://krwg.org en Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? http://krwg.org/post/who-smuggling-immigrant-children-across-border "They call me the Wolf," said the 25-year-old human smuggler sitting in front of me, sipping a Coke and stepping away for frequent cellphone calls.<p>"Everybody says we're the problem, but it's the reverse. The gringos don't want to get their hands dirty. So I bring them the Mexicans and Central Americans to do the dirty work for them," he says, smiling.<p>U.S. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 John Burnett 70535 at http://krwg.org Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://krwg.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:40:00 +0000 John Burnett 70157 at http://krwg.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://krwg.org/post/influx-children-creates-new-strain-beleaguered-immigration-courts President Obama said over the weekend that he is seeking to fast-track deportations of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who cross into the United States.<p>More than 52,000 have been caught in South Texas since October, and hundreds more arrive daily, overwhelming Border Patrol stations and overflowing temporary shelters.<p>But once they get here, what happens? Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 John Burnett 69610 at http://krwg.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://krwg.org/post/meet-newest-american-running-mate-rifle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2b8cJNdQw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjkgE6OTGY</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 69446 at http://krwg.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents http://krwg.org/post/stream-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-us-border-agents Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.<p>For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.<p>Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:50:00 +0000 John Burnett 68807 at http://krwg.org From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents How Border Patrol Handles The Immigrant Children Streaming Into Texas http://krwg.org/post/how-border-patrol-handles-immigrant-children-streaming-texas Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The majority of the minors seeking asylum cross through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. NPR's John Burnett is there this week. He joins us to tell us about the huge volume of kids crossing the border and about the conditions where some of them are now being detained. And John, you're in the city of Harlingen. What are you hearing?<p>JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Audie, no one has ever seen anything like this before. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 John Burnett 68123 at http://krwg.org Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle http://krwg.org/post/open-carry-activists-bear-arms-streets-and-chipotle As part of the open carry movement, some gun rights activists in Texas have been carrying loaded rifles into restaurants to assert their second amendment rights. A growing list of national chains has pushed back, though, instituting no-guns policies in response. Even the National Rifle Association has publicly rebuked the Texas long-gun enthusiasts. NPR's John Burnett covers a street demonstration by a particularly aggressive chapter of the open carry movement in Fort Worth, Texas. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:02:00 +0000 John Burnett 67798 at http://krwg.org Border Agency Revises And Makes Public Its Use Of Force Policy http://krwg.org/post/border-agency-revises-and-makes-public-its-use-force-policy U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske has released documents regarding the use of force along the U.S.-Mexico border. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:39:00 +0000 John Burnett 67286 at http://krwg.org After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy http://krwg.org/post/after-private-pilots-complain-customs-rethinks-intercept-policy Federal border security agents have sharply reduced intercepts of general aviation aircraft, following complaints by pilots that excessive police action at small airports is restricting the freedom to fly.<p>An official with U.S. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:35:00 +0000 John Burnett 67051 at http://krwg.org After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America http://krwg.org/post/nigerian-church-spreads-african-style-zeal-across-north-america In earlier times, white missionaries traveled from Europe and America to sub-Saharan Africa to save souls.<p>Today, the trend has reversed. Evangelists from the global south are targeting Americans and Europeans they say are ripe for Christian renewal.<p>There is no greater example than the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Sun, 18 May 2014 17:50:00 +0000 John Burnett 66370 at http://krwg.org Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question http://krwg.org/post/us-border-patrols-response-violence-question Picnickers in a riverside park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, react in horror as a man in a yellow baseball cap named Guillermo Arevalo lies on the bank of the Rio Grande, bleeding to death.<p>It's a warm Monday evening in September 2012. He has just been shot by an agent on a U.S. Border Patrol airboat on the river. The Border Patrol says the agent shot at rock throwers and that the incident is under investigation.<p>Witnesses say Arevalo was not throwing rocks. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:04:00 +0000 John Burnett 66139 at http://krwg.org U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community http://krwg.org/post/statue-homeless-jesus-startles-wealthy-community A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.<p>The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.<p>Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.<p>The reaction was immediate. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:43:00 +0000 John Burnett 63945 at http://krwg.org Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community Obama Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Shooting http://krwg.org/post/obama-honors-victims-fort-hood-shooting President Obama is traveling to Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for those killed in last week's shooting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 John Burnett 63719 at http://krwg.org Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny http://krwg.org/post/onscreen-out-sight-tv-preachers-avoid-tax-scrutiny Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block, coming to you this week from member station KERA in Dallas.<p>This week, we're bringing you two special reports that delve into the hidden finances of televangelists. Yesterday, we featured an investigation into Daystar Television, headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth. Daystar describes itself as the fastest growing Christian TV network in the world. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 John Burnett 63255 at http://krwg.org Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes http://krwg.org/post/can-television-network-be-church-irs-says-yes Flip on <a href="http://www.daystar.com">Daystar</a> television at any hour of the day and you'll likely see the elements of modern televangelism: a stylish set, an emotional spiritual message and a phone number on the screen soliciting donations.<p>Based in a studio complex between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and broadcasting to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe, Daystar calls itself the fastest growing Christian television network in the world.<p>The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church.<p>Televangelists have a choice when they deal wi Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 63174 at http://krwg.org Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits http://krwg.org/post/awash-cash-drug-cartels-rely-big-banks-launder-profits The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The<a href="http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2013/vol2/204066.htm" target="_blank"> State Department</a> reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:23:00 +0000 John Burnett 62356 at http://krwg.org Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South http://krwg.org/post/border-drugs-go-north-and-cash-goes-south The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.<p>Once the bundles of U.S. banknotes are delivered to the cartel, the money flows in many directions. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 John Burnett 62303 at http://krwg.org At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South 'Saint Death' Now Revered On Both Sides Of U.S.-Mexico Frontier http://krwg.org/post/saint-death-now-revered-both-sides-us-mexico-frontier The intrepid tourist who visits the market in the border city of Matamoros will find her between the onyx chess sets and Yucateca hammocks. She looks like a statue of the Grim Reaper dressed in a flowing gown. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 John Burnett 62248 at http://krwg.org 'Saint Death' Now Revered On Both Sides Of U.S.-Mexico Frontier For Snake-Handling Preacher, 10th Bite Proves Fatal http://krwg.org/post/snake-handling-preacher-10th-bite-proves-fatal Pastor Jamie Coots, a 42-year-old Pentecostal preacher and third-generation snake handler from Middlesboro, Ky., spoke to NPR in October about his unusual way of leading church services.<p>"We sing, we preach, we testify, take up offerings, pray for the sick, you know, everything like everybody else does," he said. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:53:19 +0000 John Burnett 60179 at http://krwg.org For Snake-Handling Preacher, 10th Bite Proves Fatal SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost http://krwg.org/post/spacex-could-give-struggling-texas-city-boost The space company SpaceX has identified a remote spot on the southern tip of Texas as its finalist for construction of the world's newest commercial orbital launch site.<p>The 50-acre site really is at the end of the road. Texas Highway 4 abruptly ends at the warm waves of the Gulf surrounded by cactus, Spanish dagger and sand dunes.<p>"Welcome to Boca Chica beach, Brownsville, Texas. It's where the U.S. really begins," says Gilberto Salinas, executive vice president of the Brownsville Economic Development Council. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:32:00 +0000 John Burnett 58940 at http://krwg.org SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost Televangelist Paul Crouch, Who Started Trinity Network, Dies http://krwg.org/post/televangelist-paul-crouch-who-started-trinity-network-dies Televangelist Paul Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at the age of 79. The Pentecostal minister's broadcasting network came to be the world's largest Christian television system with Praise-a-Thon fundraising efforts that brought in as much as $90 million a year in mostly small donations. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 John Burnett 55116 at http://krwg.org Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? http://krwg.org/post/texas-oil-man-commanded-bible-drills-israel They say an oilman has to be a gambler, but can he be a prophet?<p><a href="http://www.zionoil.com/%20" target="_blank">Zion Oil & Gas</a>, based in Dallas, is a publicly traded company that believes it is commanded by the Bible to search for oil in Israel, both to help the Holy Land and <em></em>make money for investors. The 22 employees of Zion Oil in Texas and Israel, and many of its 30,000 investors, believe the company is on a mission from God.<p>"God creates this. He provides the money and the place where to drill. Now why we haven't got the oil yet, I don't know. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:28:00 +0000 John Burnett 54729 at http://krwg.org Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer http://krwg.org/post/stave-decline-churches-attract-new-members-beer With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.<p>Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 09:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 53109 at http://krwg.org To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling http://krwg.org/post/serpent-experts-try-demystify-pentecostal-snake-handling Two weeks ago, NPR <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/04/226838383/snake-handling-preachers-open-up-about-takin-up-serpents" target="_blank">reported on a group</a> of Pentecostals in Appalachia who handle snakes in church to prove their faith in God. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 John Burnett 52130 at http://krwg.org Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel http://krwg.org/post/church-songbooks-there-was-lined-out-singing <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrDLj_dmugE</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:15:00 +0000 John Burnett 51844 at http://krwg.org Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' http://krwg.org/post/snake-handling-preachers-open-about-takin-serpents Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.<p>Pastor Jamie Coots warns about the scent in the snake room behind his house in Middlesboro, Ky.<p>"It's strong, so I'll go ahead and tell you that," he says as he unlocks the squeaky door. We're greeted by the rattles of dark-complexioned pit vipers lying about in glass cages. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:35:00 +0000 John Burnett 51192 at http://krwg.org Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas http://krwg.org/post/deep-fry-chefs-keep-it-hot-and-poppin-texas Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.<p>And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried bacon. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:12:00 +0000 John Burnett 48765 at http://krwg.org Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different' http://krwg.org/post/cowboy-church-rodeo-arena-they-do-church-different It's Sunday morning at the Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County, N.M. You know you're there because of the chuck wagon parked by the highway.<p>You couldn't find a more nonreligious-looking building. The church is a charmless metal warehouse on a concrete slab. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:04:00 +0000 John Burnett 48732 at http://krwg.org Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different' Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor http://krwg.org/post/life-prayer-singing-nuns-ann-arbor <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GScyqXchS6c</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:06:00 +0000 John Burnett 47469 at http://krwg.org Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor Should Military Chaplains Have To Believe In God? http://krwg.org/post/should-military-chaplains-have-believe-god The United States military chaplaincy program has a proud heritage that stretches all the way back to the Continental Army during the American Revolution.<p>"They are rabbis, ministers, imams and priests who serve our nation's heroes and their families as committed members of the U.S. Army," according to <a href="http://www.dvidshub.net/video/283830/us-army-chaplain-corps-spiritual-leadership-army-family#.UflLt9Kcc3M">one video</a> produced by the U.S. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:46:00 +0000 John Burnett 46611 at http://krwg.org Should Military Chaplains Have To Believe In God?