Fronteras: A Changing America

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10:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Families Arm Kids With Emergency Plans

Families Arm Kids With Emergency Plans
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Deportations can be examined in numbers, but the lasting impact on family members who remain in the United States is more challenging to categorize, especially for young people who face emotional challenges after parents or siblings are deported.

Jackie has struggled in the years since her older brother was deported. She's a quiet high school sophomore with a big, sweet smile. Jackie says she and her brother were inseparable growing up.

"He'd put his hat on and we'd have tea parties," she says. "He was basically my best friend."

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4:09 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Texas Reaching Out To Provide Voter IDs

SAN ANTONIO - As Texas inches closer to a statewide election in November, officials are reaching out to people without proper identification. Citizens without an ID can apply for an election certificate starting this week.

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1:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Frito Pie Flap

The Frito Pie Flap
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With all the chaos in the capitol, another less-noticed issue has arisen in the Land of Enchantment.

Call it a mountain out of a mole hill, tempest in a teapot or Frito Pie Flap. This comes courtesy of Russell Contreras at the Associated Press' New Mexico Bureau.

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11:41 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Schools Try To Keep Students Focused On Academics

Schools Try To Keep Students Focused On Academics
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New Mexico has a unique culture of tolerance, especially when it comes to immigration. Nearly half of the state's residents identify as Hispanic or Latino, and a strong Hispanic influence has existed for generations, since the Spanish arrived through Mexico.

As the federal government stepped up enforcement of immigration laws in recent years, deportations reached into communities and families across New Mexico.

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8:15 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Building With Trash To Mend Border Environment

Building With Trash To Mend Border Environment
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SAN DIEGO - Border Field State Park occupies some 400 acres in the very southwestern corner of the continental United States. The entrance to the park isn't exactly inviting. There's an empty dirt lot for parking and a gate that's usually closed.

But a project is underway to make the park more welcoming, using trash collected from the adjacent Tijuana River Valley and estuary.

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12:12 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Begins

Border Reps Focus On Trade With Mexico
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Congress failed come up with an agreement to fund the federal government in time to meet its Tuesday deadline. The impact of a government shutdown will depend on how long it lasts.

Along the southern border, the ports of entry will remain staffed and open. The federal courts will continue criminal and immigration cases, but civil cases will be postponed. Federal law enforcement and the military will also remain on duty.

But hundreds of thousands of federal employees might not get a paycheck.

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1:10 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Drug Cartel Provides Storm Relief, Helps Image

Drug Cartel Provides Storm Relief, Helps Image
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It looks like Mexico's gangsters are trying to improve their image.

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1:10 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Judge: Maricopa County Can't Prosecute Migrants For Smuggling Themselves

Judge: Maricopa County Can't Prosecute Migrants For Smuggling Themselves
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PHOENIX -- A federal district judge has ruled that one of Maricopa County's most controversial enforcement policies impacting undocumented immigrants must end.

On Friday, Judge Robert Broomfield ruled the county of Sheriff Joe Arpaio must immediately stop its policy of prosecuting unauthorized migrants under the state's human smuggling statute with felonies for conspiring to smuggle themselves.

In 2005, Arizona's state legislature passed a state human smuggling statute that makes it a state felony to transport immigrants in the country illegally for financial gain.

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Fronteras: A Changing America
12:37 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

U.S.-Raised Students Try To Return Across Border

Nearly three dozen young immigrants raised in the United States are donning caps and gowns in preparation for their attempted return to the U.S. at a bridge on the Texas-Mexico border.

They carry perfect English, wardrobes that made them stick out in hometowns they never really knew and hope that their protest will allow them to reconnect with families scattered across the U.S.

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11:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lessons Learned From The Yarnell Hill Fire Investigation

Lessons Learned From The Yarnell Hill Fire Investigation
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire concluded with several recommendations. Many hope that the report released Saturday leads to wildland firefighting policy changes.

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8:49 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Nevada Unemployment Woes Shed Light On Federal Neglect

Nevada Unemployment Woes Shed Light On Federal Neglect
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LAS VEGAS - Five years into the recession, Nevada's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. At 9.5 percent it's the highest in the nation.

To make matters worse, a recent software upgrade caused the unemployment office's computer system to be shut down temporarily, delaying payments for weeks. Many states are having the same struggles with outdated and overwhelmed unemployment departments.

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8:08 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Best Of The Border (9/23 - 9/27)

Bilingual Fire Training Brings International Pros To New Mexico
Fronteras Desk

Managed Care Organizations Look To Cash In On Native American Patients

Hate it or love it, the Affordable Health Care Act is set to roll out soon. And as most already know, the act requires nearly all citizens to obtain health insurance or face penalties.

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3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

John Valadez, Producer-Latino Americans

An interview and forum with John Valadez, Producer of the documentary series "Latino Americans," airing on PBS.

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2:02 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Police Chief On Drug Cartel Payroll

New details have emerged about local police involvement in Mexican drug cartel activity on the U.S. side of the border.

A Columbus, N.M., town official testified this week that former Police Chief Angelo Vega was paid $2,000 per month to protect cartel gun and drug smuggling activities.

The Albuquerque Journal reported the cartel also allegedly paid Vega $1,500 a month to use police department and town vehicles. It may not seem like a lot of money, but the paper said this is standard practice for Mexican drug cartels.

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5:04 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Texas Troopers Putting Up Border Checkpoints

South Texas residents are turning to Facebook to keep one step ahead of roving roadside checkpoints set up by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS Troopers say they are searching for unsafe drivers and not immigration violators.

For the past week DPS checkpoints popped up seemingly randomly in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. According to officials this is a short-term, multi-agency law enforcement effort that is targeting various criminal activities and unsafe driving behaviors in South Texas.

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3:59 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

For Refugee Doctors, Journey Back To Practicing Medicine Is The Longest

For Refugee Doctors, Journey Back To Practicing Medicine Is The Longest
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Najwan Al Ani sits in her El Cajon apartment and flips through a tattered study guide for the first phase of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. After she used the workbook to study for and pass the test in 2011, it's less a book and more a messy stack of pages saturated with highlighter ink.

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3:03 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

In Border Town Criminal Cases, Close Ties Complicate

The intricate relationships of small town residents are complicating major drug and gun investigations in two border cities.

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11:30 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Drought Spurs Native Farmers To Use Non-Traditional Irrigation Methods

Drought Spurs Native Farmers To Use Non-Traditional Irrigation Methods
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SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. - Severe drought has been gripping much of the Southwest for years, with New Mexico getting the worst of it. And the lack of water is forcing many Native American farmers to consider more non-traditional methods of irrigation.

On a late summer morning at the Santo Domingo Pueblo just south of Santa Fe, Water Resources Manager Jonathan Garcia grabs a map and the keys to a large SUV. He's headed to the reservation's agricultural land for a closer look at new irrigation techniques.

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11:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

ATF Lost Track Of 2 Million Cigarette Cartons In Sting Operation

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents lost track of millions of cigarettes and let an informant keep most of $5 million received during a sting operation, a new audit finds.

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2:59 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Border Patrol Trucks To Get Dashboard Cams

The Associated Press reports that the Department of Homeland Security will begin testing the use of dashboard cameras in U.S. Border Patrol trucks.

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1:58 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Border Apprehensions Increase For Second Consecutive Year

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of apprehensions of people caught trying to illegally enter the United States has increased for the second straight year.

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10:39 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Bilingual Fire Training Brings International Pros To New Mexico

Bilingual Fire Training Brings International Pros To New Mexico
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This week, parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be on fire. On purpose.

A group of forestry and fire professionals from across the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula will be practicing how to set controlled burns.

Prescribed burns can be used to prevent mega wildfires and can promote healthy forest ecosystems.

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3:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Ten People Murdered At A House Party in Ciudad Ju谩rez

A celebration after a victorious baseball game in the Mexican border city of Juárez was interrupted by gunfire, resulting in the death of ten people.

A police spokesman said gunman arrived at a house party in the western outskirts of the city Sunday night and opened fire with AK-47 rifle. Nine people died on site, another shortly after arriving at a local hospital. The youngest victim was a 7-year-old girl. The motive for the killings is undetermined.

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2:02 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Texas Fighting Affordable Care Act Rollout

Texas Fighting Affordable Care Act Rollout
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SAN ANTONIO - The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges go live online Oct. 1. This is where many people without health insurance can pick a plan and enroll. Policies vary by state, but in Texas state leaders are unabashed in doing all they can to hobble what both sides refer to as "Obamacare."

At a community information meeting recently held in a San Antonio westside neightborhood, community organizer Sevi Laura of the Texas Organizing Project addressed a room crowded with people looking to learn more about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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12:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Appeals Court Mandates Change To Mass Hearings For Border Crossers

PHOENIX - Federal courtrooms in Tucson and Yuma, Ariz., will be adjusting the way they conduct mass hearings for immigrants charged for illegal border crossings.

Under the program known as Operation Streamline, some 50 to 100 immigrants appear in court together in mass hearings held in several courts across the border region, including in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. In Tucson's federal courthouse, up to 70 immigrants appear every day in these hearings.

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8:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Battle For Barrio Logan

The Battle For Barrio Logan
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Drive through the streets of the Barrio Logan neighborhood in San Diego and you quickly notice that it is a hodge-podge; From the vibrant murals of Chicano Park dancing on the underbelly of the freeway, to the shipyards that lace the water's edge, to residential housing tucked in next to industrial warehouses.

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8:28 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Best Of The Border (9/16 - 9/20)

Southwest Plague Cases Help High US Ranking For Bubonic Infections
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Migrant Deaths Challenge South Texas

The road to the United States is paved with danger for tens of thousands of immigrants who come here illegally. The latest hot spot for illegal crossings is along the southern Texas border, where immigrant apprehensions have doubled in the last four years.

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5:27 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Mexico Fiscal Reform Could Be Bad For Maquiladoras

Mexico Fiscal Reform Could Be Bad For Maquiladoras
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The maquiladora export industry that is a key component of the United States-Mexico border economy could face major changes under proposed reforms to Mexico's tax system.

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1:25 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Arpaio, Women's Group Clash Over Outreach Effort

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has long had a fraught relationship with Latinos, and it has come to head again after reports that a women's group rejected the agency's attempt at outreach.

The sheriff's office had paid the Hispanic Women's Corporation $800 for a booth at the group's upcoming annual conference in Phoenix. But according to MCSO, that money was returned with the message that its deputies and staff wouldn't be welcomed at this year's event.

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5:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Islamophobia On The Decline, But Still Potent

Islamophobia On The Decline, But Still Potent
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A national Islamic civil rights group says it's noted a "small, but highly welcome" decrease in discrimination against American Muslims and actions designed to create fear of Islam.

But it also found dozens of examples of legislation it considers anti-Islamic and more than 50 acts designed to destroy mosques or prevent them from being built.

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