Fronteras: A Changing America

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12:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Texas Fighting Drug Cartel Activity Across The State

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Texas state law enforcement is beefing up its efforts to fight Mexican drug cartels away from the border and in the state’s larger cities. They say the cartels are using big cities like Dallas-Fort Worth as hubs for cartel activity.

Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach all across Texas and using their networks to move illegal drugs and people across the nation — and shipments of cash and weapons back into Mexico.

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4:53 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Reuniting Children With Deported Parents Brings Extra Scrutiny

Reuniting Children With Deported Parents Brings Extra Scrutiny
KPBS

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 11:23 am

SAN DIEGO — Just a stone’s throw from the international border that separates Tijuana from San Diego, Manuel and Maribel* have just finished a supervised visitation with their three U.S.-citizen children.

The visit took place in a little room in the Department of Homeland Security building that sits right on the border here. The couple is carrying the leftovers of all the goodies they brought with them — pizza, juice, these little chocolate cupcakes the kids love.

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4:42 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Deported Parents Face Hurdles To Reunite With US-Citizen Children

Fronteras Desk

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 11:22 am

SAN DIEGO — On a hot Monday afternoon in Tijuana, Daniel Bribiescas is taking a new client, 24-year-old Tania Velasquez, to the local office of Mexico’s child welfare agency.

Bribiescas is a lawyer who works for the Madre Asunta shelter for migrant women and children. His job is to help deportees piece back together their lives, and often, their families.

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3:39 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Latest On The Water Wars

We reported last week on a little town in New Mexico where the taps had run dry. Stories like this are going to become more frequent, as an increasing population battles over a decreasing critical resource.

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3:31 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Immigration News Of Note

Immigration Reform: Counting Votes

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7:06 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Best Of the Border (6/3-6/7)

Fronteras Desk

Delays At The Border, Delays For Business

While politicians in Washington debate immigration reform and the need for enhanced border security, many who live and work along the border are concerned with something else: inefficient and costly wait times at ports of entry.

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4:43 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

New Mexico Border Zone Expanded For Mexican Travelers

The Department of Homeland Security approved New Mexico's request to extend its border commercial zone Friday.

The new rule means Mexican visitors will soon be able to travel further into the state without having to fill out more paperwork.

Currently Mexicans with border crossing cards, or tourist visas, are only allowed to travel 25 miles into the state. DHS will now extend that travel zone to 55 miles.

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4:10 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Proposal Would Lift Restrictions On Endangered Gray Wolves

Fronteras Desk

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Obama Administration proposed lifting protections for gray wolves Friday.

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2:46 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Another Spanish-Speaking Dust Up in New Mexico

Earlier this spring it was the high school baseball umpire who threatened to eject players who spoke Spanish. There was a similar incident at the state high school tennis championships.

Now New Mexico is back in the news for another Spanish-language dust up.

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10:21 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Mexican Photojournalist Granted US Asylum

The United States government has granted asylum to a Mexican photojournalist who fled his home state of Veracruz a year ago.

Miguel Angel Lopez Saldana worked as a photographer for the newspaper Notiver in the state's capital, Veracruz. He also shot photos for the Mexico City-based daily, La Jornada.

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5:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Senate To Start Debate On Immigration Reform

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 5:00 pm

Friday morning the U.S. Senate as a whole begins to debate a proposal to reform the nation's immigration laws. Senate leadership hope the bipartisan bill will pass by the end of the month.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has set a deadline: he wants the Senate to pass immigration reform before the July 4 recess. That leaves about three weeks for debate.

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4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Mexico Day Care Fire Now A Criminal Investigation

Federal investigators are reopening the case of a day care fire that killed 49 children four years ago in the Mexican state of Sonora.

On the anniversary of the fire, Wednesday, an official from the Mexican attorney general’s office spoke on national television. He said the fire now is being investigated as a potential criminal case.

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4:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Three Southwestern States See 40 Percent Of Heat Deaths

Fronteras Desk

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — About 650 Americans die each year of heat exposure, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said that number has remained steady over the last decade.

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4:02 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

After Deportation to Tijuana, Many Lives Quickly Slide Into Despair

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TIJUANA, Mexico — Last year the Obama administration deported 400,000 people from the United States, many sent to border cities like Tijuana. They’re often dropped off with little money, few belongings and no ties to the city. Once there, many lives quickly slide into desperation.

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1:33 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Small New Mexico Town Runs Out Of Water

A small town in central New Mexico has run out of water.

If you turn on a faucet in the town of Magdalena in central New Mexico, nothing will come out.

On Wednesday the water level in the town's only drinking well dropped below the well's pump. The water level in the well has dropped consistently as a result of an unrelenting three-year drought.

Lorie Scholes lives in a ranch just west of town.

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12:44 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Delays In Border Trade Cost The U.S. Billions

Fronteras Desk

EL PASO, Texas — At our southern border time is money. The United States and Mexico trade more than a billion dollars in goods every day. All that commerce comes through land crossings that spread from California to Texas. The problem is once that commercial traffic reaches the border, it runs into long bottlenecks that result in costly delays.

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11:26 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Citizenship Status Could Be Delayed By Texas Senator's Amendment

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill is set to hit the floor next week with an anticipated lengthy debate and amendment process. One Texas senator is calling for a complete border security before many of the provisions in the bill can take effect.

Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn calls it the Results Amendment. It’s a long list of provisions that must be met before green cards and citizenship can be offered to undocumented immigrants. He says the key is 100 percent situational awareness of the southern border

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12:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Migrants Now Facing Greater Risk Of Death

TUCSON, Ariz. — Immigrants are facing a greater risk of dying as they try to cross into the United States illegally, researchers said Wednesday. Their data shows deaths in the desert have remained at a constant even as arrests have dropped significantly

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11:53 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Fate Of Controversial Program Part Of DHS Budget Debate

PHOENIX — The Obama administration wants to phase out a controversial immigration enforcement program, but a House appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security maintains funding for it.

The program is known as the 287(g) task force program and under it, local police are deputized to carry out some federal immigration duties in the field.

Critics say it facilitates racial profiling and makes some immigrants scared of law enforcement, while proponents say it is a force multiplier that helps enforce immigration laws.

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5:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Groups Propose Lapel Cameras To Monitor Border Patrol Agents

SAN DIEGO — Immigrant rights activists want U.S. Border Patrol agents to wear lapel cameras to monitor their interactions with people they encounter while on patrol.

An increasing number of police departments are equipping officers with wearable cameras in order to monitor police conduct and curb abuses. The cameras also provide evidence to back up, or refute, allegations.

Officers in Albuquerque and Oakland are required to tape their interactions, and many law enforcement jurisdictions in Texas have at least some officers who wear cameras.

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2:01 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Mexican Shopper Spending Way Up

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — As Mexico’s economy continues to improve, a new study shows retailers in the United States are cashing in on Mexican spending sprees north of the border.

Mexican spenders dropped $2.7 billion in 2012, just in a 20-county border region in Texas.

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11:24 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Calls Increasing To Overhaul Mexico’s Justice System

An American woman arrested in Mexico on what appeared to be trumped-up charges of drug trafficking filed against her was finally set free last week.

But the Washington Office on Latin America has taken a close look at the number of Mexican nationals who have been in custody without legal representation or a trial and finds that prisoner rights in Mexico continue to be problematic.

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10:46 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Major Drug Raid Dismantles Indian Gang

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 12:17 pm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The FBI and several other agencies arrested 29 people for trafficking meth and marijuana on the Yavapai-Apache Nation. It was the biggest drug sweep on the reservation in nearly two decades.

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11:27 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Delays At The Border, Delays For Business

Fronteras Desk

EL PASO, Texas — When it comes to the southern border, the United States Congress wants to put up a big red stoplight: Stop the flow of drugs, stop illegal immigration and stop the terrorists.

Last year Congress spent more on securing the border than it did on all federal law enforcement combined. Critics argue the lockdown at the border chokes billions of dollars worth of legitimate traffic.

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5:20 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Crews Fight To Contain New Mexico Wildfires

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fire crews in New Mexico are battling gusty winds and decreasing humidity as they fight to contain the two wildfires burning in the Santa Fe National Forest. The blazes have burned more than 20 square miles since igniting late last week.

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4:42 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

ACLU Class Action Suit Alleges Threats, Coercion By Border Patrol

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The American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties has launched a new project to insure that people here illegally are not exploited. The Border Litigation Project will focus on how immigrants in custody are treated by law enforcement.

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11:22 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Latino Vote Lags Behind Other Groups

The Latino vote that helped usher President Barack Obama's re-election continues to grow, but overall turnout lags behind other voting groups.

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5:44 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Length Of ICE Detainment Varies Greatly By State

Fronteras Desk

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New data suggests those detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, had very different incarceration and release times depending on the state in which they were picked up.

Detainees legally entitled to be in the United States experienced the longest periods in custody compared to those detained and deported.

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5:34 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Northern New Mexico Wildfires Slowly Coming Under Control

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The two wildfires burning in New Mexico are now 5 percent contained thanks to favorable weather conditions over the weekend.

Light winds and high humidity allowed fire crews to make considerable progress containing the Tres Lagunas Fire and the Thompson Ridge Fire on Sunday.

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4:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Hulu Web Drama Targets Latino Teen Audience

SAN DIEGO — A new drama series premieres on Hulu today. Its target is Latino teens, and its goal is to reach out to them about sex, violence, and other social issues.

"East Los High" follows the lives of Latino teens living in East Los Angeles.

The main character is a girl named Jessie Martinez, and in this scene she’s being dropped off by a friend after a high school dance.

Friend: “Jessie, you really like Jacob, huh?”

Jessie: “Yeah.”

Friend: “Enough to give up your membership to the virgin’s club?”

Jessie: “No way!”

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