The Texas Agriculture Commissioner is pushing congressional leaders to suspend contracts with Mexico if the country doesn't release water owed to Texas farmers and ranchers.
Mexico is required to release 1.8 million acre-feet of water every five years to the U.S. from six tributaries that feed into the Rio Grande. In exchange, the U.S. delivers water from the Colorado River to Mexico, but under the current agreement Mexico has left South Texas farmers dry, owing the state over 350,000 acre-feet of water.
Fronteras: A Texas senator is calling for complete border security before many provisions of the immigration bill would take effect. A look at how an American P.R. company is helping transform Baja California’s reputation. This summer Star Wars gets released with a new language dub in Navajo. Environmentalists and Native American tribes are fighting mining efforts near the Grand Canyon.
Fronteras: Schools in Indian Country are starting to feel the effects of sequestration. A little-known proposal in immigration reform is helping Filipino veterans. How one professor is predicting the fate of immigration reform. Finally, in a two-part series, the Fronteras Desk travels to Costa Rica to check out what it takes to retire in the tropics.
The technology industry in Mexico is on the rise. A little-known provision in the massive Senate immigration bill singles out Canadian snowbirds to grant them longer stays. A fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer hires most of his workers from Mexico. Finally, a group of San Diego students have created their own cooking show.
Fronteras: West Nile cases are up across the Southwest. A recent study shows more Latinos are moving to rural America. A young Mexican artist, now living in Texas, talks about his drawings that shine a light on the fact that children are growing up amid war and corruption along the border. Finally, Lydia Mendoza has been called the First Lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and this week the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor.
Fronteras: Disney reacts to public outcry by withdrawing its effort to trademark ‘Dia De Los Muertos.’ Also on the show: It is widely reported that the nation has 11 million people living here without authorization, we take a closer look at that number. Young people in the Mormon Church are called to serve a 2-year mission, but what happens if you're sent on a mission, and you have no immigration papers? The changing face of Native American health programs under the federal healthcare overhaul.
Fronteras: What would high-skilled immigrants like to see when it comes to immigration reform? Also on this show: We visit a dairy farm in Wisconsin where at least half the workers are undocumented to see how an immigration overhaul would impact them. Medicaid expansion will force Native American health providers to deal with something they’ve never faced before: Competition from non-tribal health programs. Last, a conversation with Latinitas, a group hosting events to get more young Latinas to college.
Fronteras: Before any immigration reform can happen, Homeland Security needs to prove the border is secure. Some border residents say that's just a numbers game. We also take a critical look at border drones and how proposed immigration reform is giving new hope for family reunions in Mexico. Also,the professional sports teams in Phoenix are trying to cultivate new fans across the border.
As Congress debates future guest worker programs, unresolved issues remain with both current and past guest workers. Also on the show: A multi-part series on deportation. We look at the children left behind when parents are deported and what happens to the kids deported by the United States.
Fronteras: For several decades mules have delivered mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but now the company that runs the mule train plans to stop the package service. Plans to ship nuclear waste from leaky tanks in the state of Washington to New Mexico are stirring up an old debate about the storage of toxic waste. Also, filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño tells us about his latest work, which is fueled by his earliest memories of being horrified by religious images.