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13 Aug 1980

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13 Aug 1980

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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - August 13, 1980, Brownsville, Texas School doors closed on illegal aliens for now Houston a the doors of Texas Public schools thrown open for the children of illegal aliens by a Federal judge have been slammed shut again by a Federal appeals court touching off widespread reaction from government and education officials a three judge panel of the 5th . Circuit court of appeals issued a one line opinion tuesday staying a ruling that would have forced Public schools to enrol undocumented children this fall. On july 21. U s District judge Woodrow seals struck Down a Texas Law barring illegal alien children from a free education. The circuit courts tuesday ruling came after the state of Texas filed an Appeal to seals landmark decision saying the opinion did not give Texas Public schools enough time to prepare for the enrolment of undocumented children. San Antonio schools presently Are the Only ones that admit undocumented children without charging tuition. A i never thought a Federal court would advocate functional illiteracy Quot said Ruben Bonilla National president of the league of United latin american citizens tuesday. Quot the higher court is creating chaos and disorder it the ruling is legally and morally seals ruling struck Down a portion of the Texas education code that gives local school districts the option to charge tuition or refuse to enrol the children of illegal aliens. Numerous lawsuits were filed in 1978 and 1979 and consolidated Here last de Cember. Seals presided Over a lengthy trial Here last Spring. Attorneys for the plaintiffs said there May be 20,000 illegal alien children in Texas but states attorneys said the number May be As High As 100,000. Isaias Torres who represented undocumented children at that trial said he was disappointed at tuesday s ruling and would file an Appeal Quot possibly a a this Means the children probably wont be Able to go to school for several years a Torres said. In his opinion seals wrote that the Texas Law was a violation of 14th amendment rights and chided state and Federal officials for not enforcing immigration Laws. Gov. Bill Clements applauded the decision saying in Austin he Quot agreed with the judges. That is my one line comment. The matter should be cements added that he was Quot optimistic that the state would get a favourable ruling on their request to overturn seals decision. In Harlingen Manuel Gomez assistant to the school superintendent welcomed the delay. Quot one More student now of any kind would put a Damper on the operation Quot he said. A this delay will relieve Gomez said the Harlingen school system would have to build additional classrooms to handle the students. A if we could hire 20 teachers now we have a place to put them a he said. Billy Reagan superintendent of the Houston Independent school District said about 800 illegal alien children had been enrolled since monday morning. Admitting that the figure was a a guess on the part of our principals based in their Quot educational expertise a Reagan said the children would be contacted and asked for additional documentation on their immigration status however Reagan would not answer questions on How officials would determine which students were in this country illegally. He said the students found to be undocumented children would be Quot placed on hold until a final decision was handed Down on seals ruling. Houston schools will admit illegal alien students if they pay the $182 a month tuition fee he said. The Dallas Independent school District has continued its policy of refusing to admit illegal alien children but school Board member Robert Medrano said enforcement of the Rule had been lax in the past years a we have children right now who have been in the school system for three to five years a Medrano said. Quot How do you catch these individuals do you begin a Witch Hunt a Quot i Don t want anyone to Call my daughter in and say a i want to see your birth certificate a in Elpaso. School districts Are split on their approach to tuesday s ruling. Jim Francis associate superintendent said tuesday he was unaware of the circuit courts ruling but Felt his school would con see aliens Page 12a bid official feels like a Ping Pong balls by Casey Selix Herald staff writer the superintendent of Brownsville schools says he feels like a Quot Ping Pong Ball Quot after the 5th . Circuit court of appeals stay of the Federal judges ruling that illegal aliens be Able to attend Texas schools free of charge. Raul Besteiro was in Washington d c., just last week seeking Federal funds for educating illegal aliens locally today he planned to Tell Brownsville Independent school District s attendance officer to hold off admitting any undocumented children until Texas education Agency gives further instructions. Between bounces Besteiro has been trying to assess damages to schools after Hurricane Allens Jaunt through South Texas which May delay the opening of some new classrooms aug. 25, the first Day of school. The school District had Felt ill equipped in the first place to handle additional students Besteiro said but the delay May affect Bisda a ability to handle the projected 26,000 enrolment of Quot legals students. Quot we did no to lose any buildings a Besteiro said Quot but we re under a lot of pressure now because we need those the new Vermillion Road elementary school was to be inspected this afternoon and Besteiro was hopeful it would be open the first Day of school. It is included in the 69 new classrooms scheduled to open. A a in a be lying to you if i told you what the amount of damages was but they could go As High As $75,000,�?� he said. Besteiro said some roofs were lost because of leaking and there was damage to some pavements. Previously the District was expecting As Many As 1,000 illegal aliens to enrol this fall. Alonzo Perez attendance officer said last week he was getting Many Telephone Calls about the ruling that would be opened the school doors for illegal aliens. Fifteen such children had been admitted As of thursday. Bid also has found itself hard pressed educating resident aliens which is mandated by Law. Last year 1,677 such children attended local schools without charge. Besteiro a recent trips to Washington d.c., have included lobbying for such funding. He is keeping his fingers crossed that the Public works Bill containing a provision for $1,000 per resident alien for Border school districts will pass Congress when it reconvenes. But no such funding for educating illegal aliens has been proposed other than the availability of emergency funds through the . Department of education Besteiro said. A it All boils Down to not knowing How Many Are coming a Besteiro said. Quot we had expected anywhere from 400 to 2,000,�?� he said Quot but that Sall had the ruling not been stayed bid was planning to use the 2 percent of its budget allocated for construction in 1980-81. But Besteiro also said they would be delved into the Quot educational component Quot which meant going to half Day school sessions. It s wednesday August 13, 1980 20 a Freedom newspaper two Ltd of. I t a born on than fourth of july ism v far West Texas May get flooding Presidio Texas a residents along the Rio Grande today braced for flooding As the tatters of Hurricane Allen dumped rain on the Region and threatened to Send the Border River out of its Banks. The National weather service warned that heavy Runoff from weekend Rains had filled the Rio Concho River headed toward a Confluence with the Rio Grande which could reach flood stage Early today. Quot we Haven to evacuated anyone yet a Joe Chavez of the Presidio county sheriffs office said Early today. Quot but we will when we have in port a Prince Haiti where unconfirmed reports say the death toll from Allens rampage through the Caribbean could surpass 200, american officials said the haitian government had asked for help. Elias Tamari of the . Agency for International development said the haitians asked for food supplies building materials blankets clothing and other Staples for an estimated 835,000 people who suffered some damage from the killer storm. But the request contained no estimate of casualties Tamari said and did not detail How Many of the 835,000 suffered serious loss. Foreign minister Georges Salomon said tuesday haitian Survey teams had been finding More bodies including 12 he saw on the Ile a Vache off Haiti a Southwest tip. Tibor Nagy a . Embassy official coordinating . Disaster Relief in Haiti said reports up to now indicate Quot More than too bodies in All. Its possible that new data puts it at More than 200.&Quot Allen careened through the Caribbean with winds up to 185 Miles per hour and forecasters called it the Hurricane of the Century. But As it idled off the Texas coast saturday night it lost Power and came a round in an unpopulated area then weakening and turning northward into Mexico. Texas gov. Bill Clements wrapped up a two Day tour of the flood strike areas along the Gulf of Mexico and expanded his disaster declaration to nine coastal counties. The declarations for Brooks Hidalgo Arkansas nieces Jim Wells Kleberg san Patricio Cameron and Willacy counties makes residents there eligible for three percent Loans to rebuild or repair Homes and businesses. At the Southern tip of Texas several streets in downtown Edinburg still were flooded this morning sheriffs deputies reported. Quot Many Many areas in the residential Section still have four feet of water in the Homes a mayor Ronald Cash said tuesday. Willacy county judge Bill Rapp visited port Mansfield a popular fishing resort about 40 Miles North of Brownsville on tuesday. The Small Community was one of the hardest hit areas along the coast. Quot its horrible Quot Kapp said. Quot it makes you City will Challenge Low census figures by Eduardo Martinez Herald staff writer an official Challenge of recently released . Census Bureau population figures for the City of Brownsville highlighted tuesdays City commission meeting. In voting for the Challenge the City joins 137 other Texas cities that have taken similar action to protest what they Are calling obvious under counts. City census personnel say the census bureaus 76,336 population figure for Brownsville is 12,000 Short of their projected estimate. Preliminary groundwork for the Challenge was Laid by City census coordinator Gross who told commissioners she met with other Valley City officials last week to plot a course of action. Most have already pledged to join the fight she added. The main Issue facing the City is an estimated loss of $3 million in Federal funds a year should the preliminary count figure stand. The final and official population count is no expected to be released until Jan. 1,1981. In other business the commission formally adopted a new ordinance prohibiting the Sale display loan or exhibition of certain materials to minors. Specifically the new City Law restricts the display and Sale of what one local group has labelled As pornographic magazines and books. Sought by the local chapter of morality in Media the new ordinance became Law tuesday As commissioners adopted the new edict on second and final Reading with no opposition. It sets a maximum Fine of $200 for violations. The commission tabled action on whether to participate in a joint study with other Valley cities of a proposed southwestern Bell Telephone . Rate increase. The company has filed a request with the Public utilities commission for $326 million rate hike the fourth such request since september 1976. Quot there is a tremendous feeling throughout the state that it should be challenged a City manager Neil Haman said in addressing the commission. Commissioners however tabled the matter citing the absence of commissioners Bernice k. Brown and Justo Barrientesjr. Ironically Haman said he is preparing a City citation to be presented to the Telephone see City Page 12a going Home was sad time there was t much left for Paul Buskey to go Home to after Hurricane Allen had passed on. He is shown near what used to be his Bayside Mobile Home at South padre Island. Herald photo by Joe Hermosa Allen affected by waning Moon Good afternoon Tho weather warm and humid with a slight Chance for showers through thursday. Southeast winds to to 15 Mph today 5 to to Mph tonight. Afternoon highs from the mid 80s at the Beach to upper 90s West. Lows tonight mid 70s to near 80. Probability for precipitation is 20 percent. Chance for showers Friday through sunday. Harbor and Bay wave Heights in Laguna Madre a foot or less. High tide at 4 13 . Water temperature at the jetties is 77 degrees. Sunrise 7 01 . Sunset 8 07 . Though tor today Quot it is on immense advantage never to have said a Antoine de Rivarol vol. 89 no. 33 30 pages Pott Pedro s Index abby.4 of comics .6b editorial.6 entertainment .8b horoscope.5 life-style.4 obituaries.2a weather.12a Don Pedro walked into the newsroom chuckling. Quot what can you find to chuckle about following a Hurricane Quot the City editor growled. Quot there have been Many reports to indicate a full Moon will make people do some wild and crazy things Quot the Don replied Quot but Don Pete did t know a waning Moon could tame a Hurricane. and out he went. Inside the Herald Cross eyed sheriff 3a chivalry lives .8a Carter s prize .12a no races by David Crowder Herald staff writer a waning Moon the stuff of poets and astrologers May have sapped Hurricane Allens awesome strength As it inched toward land late saturday night according to a study performed for the Brownsville navigation District in 1972. Despite that downshift in Power however late reports on damage in the Arroyo City and port Mansfield areas show Allen a still did no to come in As a mouse a says Richard Hagan chief meteorologist at the . Weather service in Brownsville. A a let a not prematurely judge the intensity of Hurricane Allen. From what in be seen of port Mansfield they got a major Hurricane a Hagan said today. While there is no official explanation of Allens loss of Power in the final hours of its approach the Brownsville navigation District study indicated it May have been because of the phase of the Moon. The 1972 study cites the research of or. William Armstrong Price who found that Texas Hurricane intensity at landfall tended to decrease if the Moon was moving from full to new. According to the local weather service the Moon was in its last Quarter on aug. 3 and there was a new Moon on aug. To sunday. That study a a Hurricane risk and effects analysis for the port of Brownsville a was prepared in 1972 by the american science amp engineering . It also cited the importance of solar activity cycles stating that during periods of Low Sunspot activity Atlantic hurricanes tend to enter the Gulf. In the Case of Allen there was an apparent red Cross centers open red Cross assistance programs will be open in Cameron Willacy and Hidalgo counties to people who suffered considerable damage or loss of Home food or income during Hurricane Allens lashing of South Texas. Three programs will operate in Cameron county the knights of Columbus Hall on old port Isabel Road in Brownsville will be open from 9 . To 7 ., and the tourist Center at 201 e. Madison St. In Harlingen will be open from 1-6 . Port Isabel Junior High school on Highway too will be open from noon to 6 . Willacy county will have two programs open to the Public. Port Mansfield warehouse at Harbor master will be open from i ., and no closing time has been scheduled. Another program will be opened in the Raymondville National guard armory Between 13th and 14th streets in Raymondville from 1-7 . Sacred heart Church Parish Hall 215 n. 16th ave., will be open from 1-6 . In Hidalgo county. All the centers will remain open As Many Days As needed. Anyone interested is asked to bring identification showing his Correct address. City offering Brush pickup residents wishing assistance in the collection of Brush Are being asked to Call the City a Brush and area maintenance dept. Department superintendent Susan Austin says City Crews and trucks will be available on an appointment basis Between the hours of 54 . Starting today. She urges residents wanting help to Call the department 542-0972 for the free service. She also has designated an alternate Brush Only dumping site aside from the Landfill located at the port of Brownsville at the am Goland end of Palm Boulevard. Atmospheric contradiction because the Sun is just now coming off a period of Peak activity . Weather service forecaster Joe Wanja said. Quot generally extreme hurricanes tend to be More frequent along the Gulf coast during Sunspot lulls. But exceptions do occur and this apparently was one of them a Wanja said. Hagan said Peak gusts of 138 mile per hour wind Speed Are Quot what will go into the record books for the port Mansfield area. Quot i think its appropriate to say that every see Hurricane Page 12a Rio grandees flow Normal below dams flood discharges to the Rio Grande from Hurricane Allens Rains Are being fully contained in the International Amistad Ami Falcon reservoirs. . Friedkin . Commissioner of the International Boundary and water commission reported that As of tuesday morning flood inflows to Amistad Reservoir near Del Rio of up to 180,000 cubic feet per second have swelled the volume of water by 227,000 acre feet for a total of 2,759,000 acre feet of water behind the dam. Flood inflows at Falcon were up to Only 30.000 cos adding Only 40,000 acre feet of water to the conservation storage he said. Below Falcon dam River stages Are Normal with a flow of Only 6,000 cos at Rio Grande City he added. There is a threat of additional Rains from the Hurricane system in the Rio Grande watershed above Amistad in the big Bend area Friedkin said. The National weather service prep acted up to five inches of rain in that area by this morning. Friedkin said that this expected rainfall amount can be safely stored in Amistad and Runoff from Rains in the Mexico watershed to Falcon also can be contained at Falcon. Remaining storage capacity at Amistad is 2.505.000 acre feet with 1,553,000 acre feet at Falcon he said. Sick. Some people just completely lost thei he said 50 structures Homes and Mobil trailers were washed away and another 21 houses trailers and apartments sufferer major damage in the storm surge. Off the coast of Corpus Christi on the cent ral Gulf coast coast guard officials said Al forts continued to free two Oil Laden Liberia tankers grounded because of Allen. Owners of the Mary Ellen will begin ing her 507,000 barrels of Oil onto barges t re float the grounded Tanker on thursday said Petty officer 2nd class Dan Dewell. Dewell said owners of the athenian which ran aground in the Silt filled port Faransa ship Channel monday night will begin ing her 350,000 onto barges later in the wee Corpus Christi officials said tuesday a Lens two Texas victims both drowned b cause they did not heed warnings to Evacula before Allen shoved nine foot tides into to Bay. Neighbors said Ruby Bohler 73, died i cause she did not want to leave her pet behind. Pets were not allowed in evacuate shelters. The woman and her pet drowned in a s Tion Wagon As mrs. Bohler tried to leave the height of the storm. Willie Quot Cowboy Hughes 68, was foil dead in the same area. A i asked him to leave with me a said landlord and Friend . Ezell. Quot he said b Rode out every Hurricane and he was going ride this one

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