Fronteras: A Changing America

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11:29 am
Thu May 9, 2013

What You Need To Know During Immigration Reform Hearing

The bipartisan immigration proposal is making its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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7:03 am
Thu May 9, 2013

One In Two New Rural Neighbors Is Latino

Fronteras Desk

Latinos have called both the rural and urban Southwest home for generations. But much of the rest of the nation is now adjusting to the latest wave of immigrants from Mexico and Latin America. Across rural America, one in two new neighbors is Latino, according to a recent study.

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4:55 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Watching A Story Explode

Fronteras Desk

SAN DIEGO — It used to be, when you're working a major news story, events dictate coverage.

A bombing occurs. People are hurt, hospitals are activated. There's a widespread investigation and, eventually, the suspects are apprehended.

A wildfire spreads, homes burn, firefighters fight, the fire is contained.

A scandal is uncovered, an investigation ensues, Congress holds hearings, someone loses their job.

You get my drift.

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2:01 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Number Of Navajos With HIV Spikes

Fronteras Desk

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The number of HIV cases is higher among the Navajo than any other tribe in the country. In just the last three years the number of new diagnoses has quadrupled in the Four Corners area.

The number of people diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has spiked for a few reasons.

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12:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Hundreds Of Amendments Could Challenge Immigration Bill

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 6:56 pm

Tuesday evening was the deadline for Senate Judiciary Committee to file amendments to the so-called Gang of Eight's bipartisan immigration reform bill.

The committee's first meeting to consider the amendments is Thursday morning, and there will be plenty to think about: committee members have filed 300 amendments to the 844-page bill.

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10:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Boquillas Border Opening Could Be A Boon For Local Economy

Fronteras Desk

BOQUILLAS, Mexico — A formal border crossing opened a few weeks ago along the Texas-Mexico border. It links a remote Mexican village with Big Bend National Park in West Texas. Villagers on the Mexican side, in the tiny village of Boquillas, hope the crossing will bring back the tourists who sustained their economy in the past, and they're already working to rebuild the tourist infrastructure.

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7:04 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Survey Finds Many Latinos Reluctant To Contact Police

PHOENIX — A new survey found that many Latinos are fearful about calling the police. The survey questioned more than 2000 Latinos in the counties surrounding Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

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11:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Disney Wants To Trademark 'Dia De Los Muertos'

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Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:07 pm

On May 1, Disney filed trademark applications to secure the phrase "Dia de los Muertos" across multiple platforms for an upcoming Pixar film.

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7:01 am
Tue May 7, 2013

When The Headlines Fade, The Story Goes On

Fronteras Desk

PHOENIX — As journalists we often cover tragic stories, then because of the rush of news events and the nature of our business we move on to the next story. But the story doesn’t end when the cameras and microphones are packed up and the headlines fade away.

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3:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Some Arizona Immigrants May Not Be Eligible If There Is An Immigration Reform

Fronteras Desk

PHOENIX — Late last month, 14 unauthorized immigrant defendants appeared in a crowded courtroom in Maricopa County Superior Court. They were shackled and wearing black and white stripes.

They were there to change their pleas to guilty.

Their crime was using fraudulent Social Security Numbers to work at Sportex, a Tempe company that makes custom sports apparel.

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1:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Conservative Price Tag May Sway Immigration Reform Debate

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 1:05 pm

The conservative Heritage Foundation released a study that calculates the total cost of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposal to be $6.3 trillion.

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11:51 am
Mon May 6, 2013

After Deportation, He Burrowed A Home Steps from the Border

TIJUANA, Mexico — I’ve been working on a few stories about deportees living in Tijuana. On a recent morning I went to one of about a dozen shelters in Tijuana’s Zona Norte for people who’ve been kicked out of the United States but have no place else to go.

That’s where I met Jesus, who so far has given me only his first name. He lived in Los Angeles, and was deported to Tijuana about a year and a half ago. Without family here, he made his way into the Tijuana River, a concrete channel that runs along the border fence and most of the year is just a trickle of putrid green water.

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7:03 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Best Of The Border (4/29-5/3)

Immigration Reform and the Dairy Industry

Agricultural workers are given a fast-track to citizenship in the bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform. The dairy industry across the Midwest and the Southwest relies heavily on immigrant labor. In Wisconsin at least half the dairy farm workers are undocumented.

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12:54 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Following Detainee Deaths, Critics Question ICE Use Of Private Prisons

TUCSON, Ariz. — As authorities continue their investigation into the suicides of two immigrant detainees at a private prison in Arizona, questions are being raised about the government oversight of private detention facilities.

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1:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Indian Health Services Now Part Of Bigger Health Care Picture

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is expected to bring in much-needed dollars to the chronically underfunded Indian Health Service. But tribal health experts say the main game changer in Indian country will be new health insurance exchanges.

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11:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Arizona Morgue Prepares For Migrant Deaths

Fronteras Desk

TUCSON, Ariz. — In Southern Arizona, medical examiners and federal immigration agents are preparing for another year of dozens of deaths in the desert as people try crossing the border illegally.

This year, officials say, they’ve developed a map showing exactly how many people have died in their attempts over the years.

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9:47 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Navy's Newest Squadron Puts Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Side-By-Side

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Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:48 am

Back when Vice Adm. David Buss started his military career in 1978, the idea of unmanned aircraft operating alongside conventional aircraft sounded like something out of a George Lucas film.

"I would have really called that very Star Wars like but we are there today," Buss said.

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3:50 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Navajo Nation Approves Coal Power Plant Lease

Photo courtesy National Park Serivce. Fronteras Desk

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The president of the Navajo Nation signed a lease extension with a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona that’s worth $1.2 billion to the tribe over the next three decades. But the plant owners aren’t too happy with some of the tribe’s conditions.

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3:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

New Mexico Facing Worst Drought In The Nation

Fronteras Desk

New Mexico is currently experiencing the worst drought in the country according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

In just the past week the percentage of New Mexico under extreme drought shot up from 4 percent to 25 percent. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows the state blanketed in red.

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7:03 am
Thu May 2, 2013

In Search Of Nice

Fronteras Desk

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Last week Fronteras Desk sent me to Wisconsin after we learned that more and more of rural America’s new neighbors are Latino, according to this report.

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2:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

H-1B Visa Dilemma - Shortage or Hype?

We recently reported tech leaders and the high-skill immigrants have different ideas on how to reform the H-1B visa program.

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7:04 am
Wed May 1, 2013

High-Skilled Immigrants Aren't Optimistic About Reforms

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Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:01 am

SAN DIEGO — We know what tech CEOs want when it comes to immigration reform. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and others have been lobbying for more visas to bring high-skilled workers to the United States. And Washington has been listening.

But what do the high-skilled immigrants want? As it turns out, they have very different ideas about how to fix the system.

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11:56 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Major Border Bust Made Before Obama Visits Mexico

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 9:53 am

Days before President Barack Obama arrives in Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, the country captured the father-in-law to Mexico’s most wanted man, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The man is one of the highest profile crime figures arrested since Peña Nieto took office.

The arrest happened in Agua Prieta, Sonora, just across the border from Douglas, Ariz.

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11:12 am
Tue April 30, 2013

San Diego's International Trade Rebounds

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SAN DIEGO — Economists see the rebound in San Diego's international trade as another sign of an improving local economy.

San Diego trade that crossed international borders was valued at $56.5 billion in 2012. A new National University System Institute for Policy Research report found that's up 7.2 percent from the year before.

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7:03 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Asking Mexico To Look Beyond Arizona's Headlines

PHOENIX — It is a familiar plea from Mexican tourism officials to prospective American tourists: Look beyond the gory crime and drug war headlines, and come see for yourself that Mexico is a nice place to visit.

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4:55 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mexico Says Smugglers Abandon Migrants At Sea

The Mexican navy and National Institute of Migration say each month smugglers leave 10 to 12 boats full of migrants stranded off the coast of Baja California.

Mexican authorities have rescued abandoned boats packed with around 20 migrants with no food, communication or emergency gear. The authorities say smugglers tell the migrants the boat needs fixing, then take off in another vessel and don’t return.

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1:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Tijuana Homicides Increase, Despite Cartels' Alleged Calls For Quiet

The number of homicides in Tijuana is spiking.

On Friday, the number totaled 192 homicides in Tijuana, and 61 of these deaths — or 31 percent — occurred in April.

The U-T San Diego reports these crimes are a consequence of small-scale drug dealers battling in the city’s eastern working-class neighborhoods.

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1:24 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

A Rusted Gate In The Border Fence Opens For The First Time

SAN DIEGO — In 2008, the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego replaced a flimsy fence with a tall, thick one at Friendship Park, a spot where families separated by the border have long come to talk through the fence. They built a gate into it to allow for maintenance on both sides. But it had never been opened, so it rusted shut.

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10:40 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Here's What Could Happen If DREAMers Lose DACA

In August 2012, the Obama administration started a program that allowed young undocumented immigrants to legally live and work in the U.S. on a temporary basis.

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7:04 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Hard To Tell Who's Lying In Drug War Case Dismissals

With the recent dismissal of a trio of high-profile corruption cases in Mexico, the country’s new administration appears to be distancing itself from the last vestiges of former President Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs.

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