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UTEP recognized for championing access and success

Andres Rodriguez | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Twenty years ago, Junius Gonzales was working for the National Institutes of Health when a colleague asked him if he’d heard about the University of Texas at El Paso. He said no, and his colleague told him to keep an eye on the university.

Institute for Higher Education President Michelle Asha Cooper presents the Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award to UTEP Provost Junius Gonzales on Tuesday. Four institutions were honored with the inaugural award. (Photo courtesy of Kea Taylor/ Imagine Photography)

Institute for Higher Education President Michelle Asha Cooper presents the Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award to UTEP Provost Junius Gonzales on Tuesday. Four institutions were honored with the inaugural award. (Photo courtesy of Kea Taylor/ Imagine Photography)

He did.

Gonzales joined UTEP as provost in 2011 after serving as dean of the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences at the University of South Florida.

In the last 20 years, UTEP has grown through partnerships with local education institutions and by continuing to provide access to low-income students, Gonzales said.

Democrats, faith groups make last push for immigration reform this year

Immigration reform supporters give their blessing Tuesday to people who are fasting in tents on the National Mall near the Capitol. Five volunteers have committed to fasting for an immigration reform bill that includes to citizenship. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Immigration reform supporters give their blessing Tuesday to people who are fasting in tents on the National Mall near the Capitol. Five volunteers have committed to fasting for an immigration reform bill that includes to citizenship. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

There’s still time, reform proponents say

Andres Rodriguez | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress, along with faith and labor groups, are making one last push to pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of the year, despite warnings that the House leadership has no plans to cooperate.

Two third-place finishes for Fort Bliss at Army Ten Miler

Army Ten Miler runners make their way to the finish line Sunday morning. Nearly 35,000 runners were registered to run the annual race. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Army Ten Miler runners make their way to the finish line Sunday morning. Nearly 35,000 runners were registered to run the annual race. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Andres Rodriguez | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire 

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Fort Bliss men’s and women’s teams finished third Sunday at the Army Ten Miler.

The Fort Bliss men’s team placed third Sunday at the Army Ten Miler. From left are Pfc. Antonio Varela, Maj. Joe Buccino, Coach Brandon Gangstad, Spc. Japhet Ng’Ojoy, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeff Coverdale, Maj. Andrew Medendorp, Sgt. Ryan Hawkins and 1st Sgt. Benjamin Hartwig. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

The Fort Bliss men’s team placed third Sunday at the Army Ten Miler. From left are Pfc. Antonio Varela, Maj. Joe Buccino, Coach Brandon Gangstad, Spc. Japhet Ng’Ojoy, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeff Coverdale, Maj. Andrew Medendorp, Sgt. Ryan Hawkins and 1st Sgt. Benjamin Hartwig. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Spc. Japheth Ng’Ojoy, 25, clocked the men’s team fastest time at 52:15 and 1st Lt. Jasmin Branch, 24, finished first for the women’s team at 1:04:25.

About 35,000 people registered to run the 29th annual race on the streets of Arlington, Va., and D.C., skirting several monuments and memorials. An alternate, Arlington-only route, was planned due to the government shutdown, but the original course was reinstated after Congress voted to reopen the government.

House Democrats unveil immigration reform proposal

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says Wednesday the time for immigration reform is now. Pelosi, along with a group of Democratic members of Congress, including Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., left, unveiled their immigration reform bill at a news conference. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez.)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says Wednesday the time for immigration reform is now. Pelosi, along with a group of Democratic members of Congress, including Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., left, unveiled their immigration reform bill at a news conference. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez.)

Andres Rodriguez

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Democratic House members unveiled a new immigration reform bill Wednesday and called on Republicans to act now on comprehensive reform.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus House members decry shutdown

Congressional Hispanic Caucus freshman representatives talk Tuesday about their first year in Congress. They expressed their concern about the government shutdown. From left, Democratic Reps. Tony Cárdenas, Calif.; Joaquin Castro, Texas; Joe Garcia, Fla., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M. (Photo courtesy of Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus freshman representatives talk Tuesday about their first year in Congress. They expressed their concern about the government shutdown. From left, Democratic Reps. Tony Cárdenas, Calif.; Joaquin Castro, Texas; Joe Garcia, Fla., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M. (Photo courtesy of Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.)

Andres Rodriguez

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – House Democratic members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said Tuesday they’re disappointed and frustrated that House Republicans repeatedly blocked a vote on a continuing resolution that could have avoided a government shutdown. 

Border biometric plan won’t be ready until 2015

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – The number of foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas in the U.S. remains unknown, and Congress is pressuring the Department of Homeland Security for a solution.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, questions the value and costs of the biometric exit system at a hearing Thursday. Department of Homeland Security officials estimate upward of $3 billion for the exit system. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, questions the value and costs of the biometric exit system at a hearing Thursday. Department of Homeland Security officials estimate upward of $3 billion for the exit system. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, DHS was required to  create a biometric entry and exit data system to match a physical component – fingerprints, facial image or iris scan – for foreigners who enter the U.S.

That would allow the country to track which visitors leave and which ones overstay their visas.

Migrant workers’ march across U.S. for back pay ends in D.C.

Rosa Martha Zárate Macías, coordinator of the group of activists and former migrant laborers, says Thursday the Mexican government withheld 10 percent of migrant laborer’s earnings in savings accounts. The group ended their U.S stay in front of the White House. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodriguez)

Rosa Martha Zárate Macías, coordinator of the group of activists and former migrant laborers, says Thursday the Mexican government withheld 10 percent of migrant laborer’s earnings in savings accounts. The group ended their U.S stay in front of the White House. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodriguez)

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – A group of elderly migrant laborers ended a cross-country protest Thursday outside the White House, hoping the U.S. would prod Mexico to pay money owed to them for work they did decades ago.

“We want Washington and the whole world to know that the Mexican government stole our money,” the group of 20 “ex braceros,” or migrant laborers, and activists sang. They ended their 22-day cross-country trip, demanding the U.S. government open the Bracero Program files and aid them in obtaining the 10 percent of their wages in savings accounts they claim the Mexican government never paid them.

AP CEO blasts DOJ phone records seizure

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt tells an audience at the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday that the government’s secret seizure of AP phone records violated the government’s own rules and threatened the ability of reporters to do their work. (SHFWire photo by Robert R. Denton)

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt tells an audience at the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday that the government’s secret seizure of AP phone records violated the government’s own rules and threatened the ability of reporters to do their work. (SHFWire photo by Robert R. Denton)

Rob Denton

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Gary Pruitt, the Associated Press’ president and CEO,  railed against the Department of Justice phone records seizure Wednesday in a speech at the National Press Club.

Pruitt said that the seizure of phone records from AP reporters earlier this year has affected their ability to report. He also accused the DOJ of breaking its own rules regarding subpoenas toward the press.

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