Border & Immigration

This week on Fronteras:

A conversation with Francisco Cantú, former Border Patrol agent and author of “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.”

He begins by talking about becoming an agent in 2008 and what he witnessed in the harsh Arizona desert. Cantú also discusses the inspiration behind the title “The Line Becomes a River” (3:35), and why he felt he needed to join the Border Patrol to understand immigration issues (6:30)

From his first days as a field agent in the Tucson (11:19) to tales of the immigrants he encountered in the field (16:36) to Cantú's eventual transfer to El Paso, where he begins to see how U.S. immigration policy “weaponizes the landscape.” 


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This week on Fronteras:

  • Despite uncertainty surrounding the future of the border wall, security companies are getting a leg up on offering the latest technologies.
  • Wildlife officials are putting up another barrier on the border — against rabies, that is (2:18).
  • San Antonio poet laureate Jenny Browne creates a poetry exchange and art display highlighting San Antonio’s hidden history (6:48).
  • A San Antonio art exhibit gives a ‘voz’ to the Latino immigrant experience (15:05).
  • Remembering the art historian who created one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Texas (17:19).


President Trump’s immigration framework calls for eventual citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, funding for a border wall and crackdowns on legal and illegal immigration.

You might think that when someone is deported from the U.S., it’s a one-way trip. But most people are deported multiple times. Many are parents trying to get back to family left behind.

Reporter Liz Jones (@KUOWLiz) of KUOW looks at this “revolving door” of deportation and some of its costs — financially, and on a personal level. Her story takes place in Mexico City, where many deportees land and wonder what’s next.

UTSA Dreamers Resource Center

The  Dreamers Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio offers assistance to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other undocumented students attending the university. 

Fronteras spoke to Courtney Balderas-Jacob, interim program manager for the Dreamer Resource Center, and Jaciel Castro, a student regent with the University of Texas System Board of Regents and graduate student at the UTSA College of Business.  Castro is a former dreamer who is applying for U.S. citizenship. 


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