Fronteras: A Changing America

Las Cruces, NM – According to census numbers the poverty rate in Dona Ana County is around twenty-five percent. In 2010, Casa De Peregrinos, a local food pantry, served around ten thousand families. Lorenzo Alba is the Executive Director for the non-profit and says the numbers are only going increase. He joins us in the studio now to talk about how undocumented immigrants are making an impact on the organization.

Las Cruces, NM –
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2009 there were around four hundred twenty-three thousand children in foster care. A new local nonprofit in Las Cruces is working to help children in Dona Ana County adjust into the system. Assistant Director of the Saving An Angel Foundation Kelli Embury is with us today.

Las Cruces, NM – On the program, we hear how mentally ill immigrants in detention face particular challenges, and how they're more likely to get lost in the system.

Also, law enforcement is working harder to crack down on drug smuggling along the Rio Grande.

Las Cruces, NM – On the program, a look at the man behind some of Arizona's most aggressive immigration bills, Senator Steve Smith.

Also, Young undocumented immigrant activists know there isn't much hope for immigration reform in the current Congress. But rather than give up, they are become more visible, and more vulnerable.

Las Cruces, NM – On the program, a report on how meth manufacturers have adapted to changing laws to keep the drug readily available to users. In much of the Southwest, law enforcement consider methamphetamine to be the number one drug problem.

Also, Government corruption is nothing new at the U.S.-Mexico border. But in Tijuana, the case of a politician accused of corruption who is now a museum director, is forcing the art community to respond.

Las Cruces, NM – On the program, we hear a story that examines the rate of tuberculosis in California and how a large immigration population plays a role in the spread of the disease. Then we visit Arizona where a group of medical professionals is going outside the healthcare system and helping migrants' access social services. Sarah Nolan and Art Marrujo join us in the studio to discuss the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program and the role the hispanic population plays in the housing market.

Las Cruces, NM – On the program, we visit northern Mexico's smallest towns where cartel violence has let to large groups of people fleeing to larger cities. Then we take a look at problems with the blood donation system in Mexico and how one blood center in Chihuahua is trying to reform the system. Also, Fronteras reporter Monica Ortiz-Uribe talks about her experiences with the Fronteras project covering the southwest and U.S-Mexico border.

Las Cruces, NM – On the program, feature stories on narco culture and Mexican drug cartel money laundering. NMSU Photojournalism Professor Bruce Berman discusses his experiences covering the border for the last thirty years.