This week on Fronteras:
- A high profile anti-U.S.-Mexico pipeline campaign gets underway as the builder is ordered to pay border landowners millions.
- If you need a passport, it may take a while to get – there’s a backlog.
- A border school helps students of immigrants bypass college tuition and earn two years of college credits before getting their high school diploma.
- Honoring World Refugee Day with the success story of an Iraqi refugee who fled death and now helps other immigrants market their skills for American jobs.
Texas Landowners Win Millions As Stars Launch Anti-Pipeline Campaign
In Texas, they say energy is king. It may still be but right now the crown belongs to West Texas landowners. They just won unexpectedly high awards - millions of dollars -against Energy Transfer, a U.S. company contracted by Mexico to build a controversial natural gas pipeline. Mexico is paying for the pipeline that will carry Texas natural gas to Mexican power plants. And because the state says the pipeline is in the public interest, that gives the builder the power to seize private land here. Despite winning lucrative awards for the pipeline being built on their property, the landowners really don’t want it and they’re getting some huge help. A high profile anti-pipeline campaign is underway – fueled by the power of Hollywood. The story from Marfa Public Radio’s Fronteras reporter Lorne Matalon.The Story