5 things to know: Monday

5 things to know: Monday

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Rep. Arrington says he does not want kids separated from parents

LUBBOCK, Texas - Congressman Arrington believes returning to the failed immigration policies of the past administration is not an option, but a fix is difficult to come by. 

A conservative bill was shot down on the house floor, and even the President's executive order halting the separation of families may not survive legal challenges based off the Flores decision by the Supreme Court. 

"Children would come into the United States and they would be detained with adults," Immigration attorney David Strange explained. "You can imagine a young girl detained in a jail-like facility detained with grown men. Well you can see the problems that would come about. There was a 15-year-old girl named Flores who challenged her detention with adult men. A law suit was filed and even the government recognized that was a problem."

Arrington stressed that any legislation should include some key provisions. 

"Build out more facilities for detaining people who break the law and come to this country illegally," Arrington said. "We should also so that that 20 day threshold about which you cannot hold a child, a minor, we should change that so they can stay with their families. Then we need to double down on immigration judges so that they don't wait forever in the detention center."

Congress is expected to take another stab at an immigration next week with the compassion bill. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and funding for a border wall.


The world is a stage for Hong Kong students visiting Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - A partnership between Texas Tech's School of Theater Arts and Dance and the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is unifying ideas from East and West. Seven students, along with a play writer and a faculty member, are visiting Texas Tech for a month attending the WildWind performance lab.

"We have a wide range of work shops combined with kind of like rehearsals, and play reading," said Hon Cheung Yuen, a student of the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. "It's like a new place so that we can explore and discuss how to make an established play better."

Janice Poon, a drama lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, said the educational style they have back home is different.

"We are based on a weekly curriculum and so we don't have such an intensive like a one month training for our students," said Poon. "So I think it is a very good idea for them to experience such kind of training and I am very curious to see how they will change." 

This month-long journey has not only taught these students new techniques, but it has also shown them a perspective of a different culture.

This is the first year a program of this sort has been set up between Texas Tech and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong. Instructors from both institutions are hopeful that this program can continue.


Buddy Holly Hall represents economic, cultural growth in West Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas - For several years, Lubbock Entertainment/Performing Arts Association has been working to bring a world-class performing arts facility to West Texas.

While there is still a lot of work ahead before the Buddy Holly Hall opens, the building is starting to take form, bringing a new wave of excitement for downtown Lubbock. 

Tim Collins, LEPAA board chairman said the arts benefit Lubbock's economy to the tune of $88 million. 

The 200,000 square foot project costs about $154 million. Almost every day nearly 300 employees from various companies are on site. 

"It was very important to us that we get local people involved, to have ownership in the work, proud of what they've done and to talk about how important this project is going to be to the community going forward," Collins said. "The LISD Theatre is being constructed here on the west side," Collins said. "The multipurpose area, the ballet, student center area is going to be constructed but all of that is outside of what we see now as the main hall." 

This provides both hundreds of Lubbock ISD and Ballet Lubbock students an opportunity to learn, train, and perform in a world class facility. 

Collins expects the hall to be completed by early 2020. Donations are still being accepted as the final touches such as art work still await funding. Click here if you are interested in donating or want to learn more about LEPAA. 


Tech frat members make racial remarks online

LUBBOCK, Texas - Tech's Inter Fraternity council appointed a new president following Kyle Mitchell's resignation Thursday night. Mitchell admits involvement in the racially insensitive conversation posted online. 

"You are a student all the time and the code of conduct and policies apply all the time and when you take an oath or a leadership role, there is a recognition you are that leader all the time," Carol Sumner, Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion said. 

Mitchell apologized on twitter and called the conversation egregious, disgusting and lacking morality. University administrators have emphasized that this speech does not reflect the values of Texas Tech University. 

 "He is in a student leadership role, as a part of a student organization, that does not necessarily mean that he speaks on behalf of Texas Tech University nor communicates our values," Matt Gregory, Dean of Student Affairs said. 

In order for the University to expel a student, he or she must have violated the school's "free speech" policies. That includes harassment, discrimination, whether the speech denies access to education or incites violence.

 Administrators said they have met with the fraternity members involved and they are investigating the conversation's severity and impact.


20 suspects in West Texas drug bus

LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas - Thirteen accused drug traffickers appeared in Federal Court for a hearing related to a multi-county drug bust that involves twenty individuals.

Several of the defendants were arrested in a major operation Thursday, while others were already in jail on other charges.

Law enforcement has been working since January of this year to find all of the suspects related to the case. They arrested fifteen of the twenty on Thursday.

All suspects are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Specifically, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

In total, agents reported they found a pound of cocaine, five pounds of pot, five guns, two vehicles and one recreational vehicle.

U.S. Attorney, Erin Nealy Cox, called it an example of the amazing results that have come and will come from uniting federal, state and local law enforcement in fighting drug trafficking in West Texas. She said the 'One mission, one team' approach to narcotics, violent crime and gang enforcement will help agents produce exceptional results for the people of the South Plains.

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