Border & Immigration

Fronteras
12:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

El Niño Might Help Ease Texas Drought

The National Drought Mitigation Center

On Fronteras: We look at how an El Niño weather pattern might help out the Texas drought this fall. Mexico is opening its energy sector to foreign participation for the first time since 1938. That has two towns, in two countries, wanting to harness geography and oil industry experience for each other’s benefit. One of the first things newly nationalized citizens do is register to vote. In San Diego, there’s one third party growing faster than the rest. We explore why. And something strange is happening at the busiest port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. Border wait times  are plummeting at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.

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Fronteras
1:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

HUD Secretary Castro Wants To Make Homeownership Easier To Attain

Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Fronteras: New HUD Secretary Julian Castro says he wants to lower rents and help more people attain the dream of home ownership. The number of babies born with drug addictions has risen over the last decade or so in New Mexico. We look at efforts to encourage pregnant mothers with drug addictions to get help. Senator John Cornyn’s re-election campaign is looking beyond November, to the future of the Republican Party in Texas. Also, Commentator Yvette Benavides weighs in on Mattel’s Mariachi Barbie. The doll has already made waves on social media.

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The Source - September 15, 2014
9:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Source: Shrinking Leads, Debate Disagreement & Book Tour Accusations

The gubernatorial race, which features Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, is heating up as the November election draws closer.
Credit Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies / TPR News

With the November election less than 60 days away, political battles and news bits continue to come to the fore.

Two separate polls have placed Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis within 8 points of her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. This comes on the heals of Davis' memoir being released that disclosed pregnancy complications she said resulted in two abortions. 

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Border & Immigration
3:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Border Crossings Slow But Immigration Courts Still Face Backlog

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:32 pm

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Fronteras
2:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Journalists On Rio Grande Expedition Now Trekking Through Texas

Colin McDonald walks along the riverbed of the Rio Grande on his way to the Texas state line.
Erich Schlegel

Fronteras: Tino Duran, publisher of San Antonio bilingual newspaper La Prensa, just went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Duran’s daughter Nina joins us on Fronteras to talk about her father and the family’s journey with Alzheimer’s. Imagine traveling the entire Rio Grande, just you, a canoe and some paddles. A couple of journalists are doing just that. We check in on the progress of the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.

Expedition Tracking the Disappearing Rio Grande

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Parallels
4:32 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehending Fewer Central Americans

A man looks out towards the US from the Mexican side of the border fence that divides the two countries in San Diego. The U.S. Border Patrol says it has seen about a 60 percent drop in the number of Central Americans apprehended at the border.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 8:51 pm

The number of Central American children and families being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically in recent months, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. There has been a 60 percent decline in apprehensions of minors since the record numbers making the illegal trek earlier this summer.

A lot of factors may be contributing to the dramatic drop, including heavy rains along the migrant route and media campaigns in home countries dispelling rumors that kids can stay in the U.S.

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Fronteras
2:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Families Losing Hope For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump Site

The site known as "La Gallera" in Tijuana where Santiago Meza said he dissolved 60 bodies in lye, Aug. 22, 2014.
Jill Replogle

Fronteras: Nearly a quarter of Texas business owners are foreign born. Texas entrepreneurs want more high-skilled visas. The private space company XCOR recently broke ground at the Midland International Airport. Some hope this new industry will stabilize the region’s traditionally oil and gas-based boom-and-bust economy. Some family members of the missing in Mexico hoped to find answers at a gruesome body disposal site discovered in Tijuana several years ago. But hope is dwindling for DNA evidence at this site where bodies were dumped.

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Border & Immigration
5:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Texas National Guard Denies Soldiers Going Hungry At The Border

  The Texas National Guard is refuting news reports that its troops sent to the border to assist in Operation Strong Safety have been going to the food banks because they can’t afford to eat.

Responding to claims by the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank that 50 members of the National Guard had requested food assistance, the National Guard office in Austin says it has internal provisions for Guard members that have financial hardship.

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Fronteras
2:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

HBO Latino Featuring Rosie Castro, The Woman Behind Julian & Joaquin

Then-Mayor Julián (right) and newly elected Congressman Joaquín Castro appeared on the Charlie Rose Show in December 2012 as they were both primed for national attention as Latino leaders of the future.
Charlie Rose Show

Fronteras: San Antonio is trying to figure how to regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This week, we look at how Uber is faring in San Diego. Rosie Castro was a trailblazer for Latino politicians, which includes her twin sons, Julián and Joaquín. Rosie will be featured on HBO Latino this fall. She joins us on Fronteras to talk about her early activism days, her sons’ political careers and more.

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Fronteras
2:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Camp Texas: Giving Kids A Lesson In Hunting Culture, And Patience

Camper Miguel Millan shot a pig shortly after nightfall on one of his last days at camp. He had missed a few hours earlier and was about to quit for the night.
Jim Tuttle News21

Fronteras: One of the busiest areas for the U.S. Border Patrol is the Rio Grande Valley sector. We speak to a border patrol agent from there about everything from Central American migrants, border security to armed militias complicating things on the Texas border. Also, we hear about a summer camp in Texas near College Station, where children learn how to hunt. Campers learn about safety and hunt animals on private exotic game ranches.
 

NCLR Says Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Latinos, Economy

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