Fronteras: A Changing America

NPR Story
5:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Islamophobia On The Decline, But Still Potent

Islamophobia On The Decline, But Still Potent
Fronteras Desk

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.

Read more
NPR Story
4:28 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Navajo Language App Comes To Android

Navajo Language App Comes To Android
Fronteras Desk

Android users now have a way to brush up on their Navajo language. The Navajo Keyboard app allows smartphone users to practice their skills in the native language through text messaging and social media.

Read more
NPR Story
3:29 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Heavy Rains Bring Worries Of West Nile Virus

Heavy Rains Bring Worries Of West Nile Virus
Fronteras Desk

With heavy rainfall still drenching parts of the Southwest, health officials are warning that mosquito populations could increase, and more mosquitoes could mean more West Nile Virus.

Read more
NPR Story
12:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Drone U. Releases US Drone Census

Drone U. Releases US Drone Census
Fronteras Desk

Drone University - a project of the New America Foundation - has created a map of drone users, researchers and lobbying groups driving the future of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States.

You can filter the map by the type of stakeholder and zoom in on your neck of the woods.

Read more
NPR Story
12:54 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Climate Change Aggravates Triple Threat Of Natural Disasters

Climate Change Aggravates Triple Threat Of Natural Disasters
Fronteras Desk

While the Southwest is fixated on the devastating floods in Colorado and New Mexico, the death toll and damage from flooding in Mexico far surpasses our domestic problems.

Read more
NPR Story
7:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts

Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts
Fronteras Desk

PORTLAND, Ore. -Drug cartels are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you travel by freeway, you're driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth and cocaine.

This export industry is evolving. Drug experts say heroin is back on the rise, fueled in part by prescription drug abuse. And while the supply side of the business may change, the demand remains strong.

Heavy-duty prescription painkillers have something in common with heroin. They're both a type of drug called an "opiate" and the effect they have on people who get hooked is similar.

Read more
NPR Story
4:22 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Surprising Conclusions In Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Report

Surprising Conclusions In Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Report
Fronteras Desk

Monday's release of a new report on the U.S. Border Patrol's use-of-force policies left many questions unanswered.

Read more
NPR Story
11:24 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Texas Voter ID Law Challenge

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in August that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional, it opened the way for many states which had operated under strict supervision of the Justice Department to revamp and revise their voting laws.

Read more
NPR Story
7:22 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Unraveling A Drug Distribution Ring That Spanned The West Coast

Unraveling A Drug Distribution Ring That Spanned The West Coast
Fronteras Desk

SEATTLE - Drug distribution rings operate an illicit export business that depends on freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada. If you drive these freeways, chances are you have passed a car or truck secretly holding a cargo of heroin, meth or cocaine.

Drug trafficking touches every city, every small town in every state in the West. And one smuggling ring operated from Arizona to Washington state.

On Jan. 21, 2012 at 8:37 p.m, federal agents intercepted a phone call. It was between a man named Victor Berrelleza-Verduzco and one of his associates, Jose.

Read more
NPR Story
4:21 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Median Household Income Drops For Another Year

New numbers out from the U.S. Census show that household income dropped again last year. The median income in 2012 was just a bit more than $51,000. In 2011, median income was $51,100.

The peak earning year was 2007 when the median income was more than $55,000.

Households in the West actually saw their incomes creep up last year by 3.2 percent.

The annual sample surveyed 122,000 households.

Read more
NPR Story
4:21 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Flagstaff Agrees To Settle Panhandling Lawsuit

Flagstaff plans to settle a lawsuit with the ACLU that challenged the city's crackdown on panhandling.

Read more
NPR Story
3:52 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Keeping Drugs Out Of Cross-Border Commerce

Keeping Drugs Out Of Cross-Border Commerce
Fronteras Desk

SAN DIEGO - At the control room of a cross-border trucking company in Otay Mesa, south of San Diego, dispatchers spend their days talking over the radio with drivers and poring over computer screens, constantly monitoring the whereabouts and activities of their 150 trucks.

"We got it on the map every time a driver is moving, standing by, stop at a light or stuff like that," the operations manager said while zooming in and out of a digital map. "Exactly, we know where the truck is at."

Read more
NPR Story
5:21 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Heavy Rains Now, More Fires Yet To Come

Heavy Rains Now, More Fires Yet To Come
Fronteras Desk

Major thunderstorms shortened the Southwest's fire season and saturated much of the region. But in terms of the long-term wildfire threat, we're not out of the woods yet ... so to speak.

Read more
NPR Story
5:19 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Unvarnished Truth On Twitter

Twitter is how so many of us track the hot topic of the day and learn what people may be saying about, well, anything. Today many folks are talking about some of the racist reactions across the Twitter-sphere following Saturday night's highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

One tweeter predicted a division was going to take place.

Read more
NPR Story
4:21 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Las Vegas Markets To Mexico For Independence Weekend

Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport received the largest crowd of travelers from Mexico it has likely ever seen this past weekend.

Read more
NPR Story
7:15 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Best Of The Border (9/9-9/13)

Affordable Healthcare Act Outreach
Fronteras Desk

Border Technology Contracts Take New Approach

In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.

Read more
NPR Story
5:12 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Even Some Advocates Oppose Bill Granting Licenses To Undocumented

SAN DIEGO - California's legislature has passed a bill that will grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. But among those unhappy with the bill are immigrant advocates themselves.

The bill's sponsors say licensing the undocumented will improve road safety. But the licenses will include markings that distinguish them from the ones held by citizens and permanent residents.

Read more
NPR Story
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Massive Forest Thinning Project Gets New Contractor

Massive Forest Thinning Project Gets New Contractor
Fronteras Desk

The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday the intention to transfer the contract for an unprecedented forest thinning project to a financially sound company.

Read more
NPR Story
10:26 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Border Communities Try To Shift Immigration Reform Debate

This afternoon in Nogales, Ariz., a partisan group of border community residents, activists, and politicians will stage their own version of a protest that's been steadily moving along the border.

Read more
NPR Story
3:20 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Border Protests Planned

More Border Protests Planned
Fronteras Desk

Fresh off its success in July, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance is planning to hold another immigration protest at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Back in mid-summer, the group organized what become known as the DREAM 9, a group of nine activists who protested Obama administration deportation policies by turning themselves in at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read more
NPR Story
3:20 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Trouble With Enrolling In The Affordable Care Act

The Trouble With Enrolling In The Affordable Care Act
Fronteras Desk

Across the Southwest, groups are canvassing neighborhoods to inform uninsured people about how to sign up for coverage under Obama's Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1. But getting the message across is a difficult task, especially reaching certain minority groups and those that may not speak English well.

Read more
NPR Story
8:20 am
Wed September 11, 2013

The Trouble With Enrolling In The Affordable Care Act

The Trouble With Enrolling In The Affordable Care Act
Fronteras Desk

Across the Southwest, groups are canvassing neighborhoods to inform uninsured people about how to sign up for coverage under Obama's Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1. But getting the message across is a difficult task, especially reaching certain minority groups and those that may not speak English well.

Read more
NPR Story
8:20 am
Wed September 11, 2013

More Border Protests Planned

More Border Protests Planned
Fronteras Desk

Fresh off its success last July, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance is planning to hold another immigration protest at the U.S.-Mexico border. Back in mid-summer, the group organized what become known as the DREAM 9, a group of nine activists who protested Obama Administration deportation policies by turning themselves in at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read more
NPR Story
5:20 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Cases Test The Border Patrol's Police Powers

Several ongoing court cases are testing the authority that United States Border Patrol agents have to enforce laws not within their jurisdiction.

Vermont Public Radio reports on two cases. In one, a Border Patrol agent detained a woman he suspected of driving under the influence until a state trooper arrived on the scene.

Read more
NPR Story
5:20 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

How Crossing The Border Can Get Your Laptop Confiscated

A report by The New York Times sheds light on how the United States government has routinely confiscated and searched the computers and electronic devices of people entering the U.S., even without a search warrant.

Read more
NPR Story
1:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Potential Border Spending Means Opportunity For Security, Defense Companies

Potential Border Spending Means Opportunity For Security, Defense Companies
Fronteras Desk

PHOENIX -- Imagine this scenario. An intruder hops a fence and starts to walk in a forbidden zone. Instantly, a camera senses his movement, spins around to record him, and detects that he is human, not wildlife.

An alarm would alert agents back at a command center. They would get video of the intruder and his geographic coordinates.

As it turns out, a Phoenix-based company, Pure Tech Systems, makes software that does exactly this.

Read more
NPR Story
1:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

California Immigrant Protection Law Passes State Senate

SAN DIEGO - The California State Senate has passed Assembly Bill 4 -- better known as the TRUST Act. If signed into law, the bill will protect many immigrants arrested for minor crimes in California from deportation.

Specifically, the TRUST Act would prohibit local police and sheriffs from turning over many immigrants in their custody to federal immigration agents.

Read more
NPR Story
12:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Potential Border Spending Means Opportunity For Security, Defense Companies

Potential Border Spending Means Opportunity For Security, Defense Companies
Fronteras Desk

PHOENIX -- Imagine this scenario. An intruder hops a fence and starts to walk in a forbidden zone. Instantly, a camera senses his movement, spins around to record him, and detects that he is human, not wildlife.

An alarm would alert agents back at a command center. They would get video of the intruder and his geographic coordinates.

As it turns out, a Phoenix-based company, Pure Tech Systems, makes software that does exactly this.

Read more
NPR Story
11:17 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

California Immigrant Protection Law Passes State Senate

SAN DIEGO - The California State Senate has passed Assembly Bill 4 -- better known as the TRUST Act. If signed into law, the bill will protect many immigrants arrested for minor crimes in California from deportation.

Specifically, the TRUST Act would prohibit local police and sheriffs from turning over many immigrants in their custody to federal immigration agents.

Read more
NPR Story
4:16 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Company That Conducted NM Behavioral Health Audit Has Questionable Record

Fifteen New Mexico behavioral health providers that were accused of fraud and shut down still haven't been able to see

Read more

Pages