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White House Says Kidnapped Houston Photojournalist Alive A Houston family whose son, a photojournalist was kidnapped in Syria nearly four and half years ago, gets word from the White House that it’s confident their son is alive. Debra and Marc Tice were briefed recently by James O’Brien, the Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, fueling optimism that their son, Austin Tice, will eventually be released. They told Houston Public Media’s Ed Mayberry that they’ve never had any doubt that Austin is alive and will eventually return safely. And in this conversation, they say they’re heartened that the U.S. government also seems to have the same assessment. The Story


Courtesy Evangelicals for Social Action

This week on Fronteras:   

  • How detaining Central American women and children helped generate big business for the corporate prison industry.
  • A high profile police arrest case in Texas spurs a criminal justice reform bill.
  • Now that Texas has pulled out of the federal refugee resettlement program, San Antonio has the largest student run clinic reaching out to help.
  • 150 years ago, a man was born who helped shape Fort Worth. William Madison McDonald was a banker, a politician, and a leader in the city’s African American community and Texas’ first black millionaire. 

Katie Schoolov / KPBS

This week on Fronteras:    

  • A campaign to let everyone know they are welcome, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, or immigration status.
  • Mexico considers its options in response to president-elect Trump’s threats to pull out of NAFTA.
  • The struggles immigrant artists face in a new country with a different language.
  • What would a Mexican Christmas be without tamales?  Jesse Moreno, the owner of La Popular Tamale House in Dallas, has been making tamales for over 30 years. 
  • A match that turned out to be more important than love.
  •  A big bundle of help arrives for the families of the five Dallas police officers gunned down last summer, just in time for Christmas


Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

Mexican senators threaten to cancel dozens of treaties with the U.S. due to Trump’s election and his proposed border wall.

Searching for a missing migrants along the border.

Sexual assault evidence kits continue to sit without being tested in New Mexico.

West Texas pipeline protestors take inspiration from the success of the Standing Rock Sioux.

Checking in with Lindsay Diaz, who lost her suburban Dallas home in last year’s Christmas weekend tornado.