Border & Immigration

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This week on Fronteras:  

  • Laredo steps up surveillance efforts to prevent Zika outbreak.
  • The sensitive story of a Somalian refugee trying to break the taboo against treatment for complications from female genital mutilation.
  • 100 faith and community leaders embark on a march to demonstrate ”El Camino del Inmigrante,” the “Path of the Immigrant.”
  • Why Hatch chiles are hyped this time of year.  


Would a President Donald Trump attempt to forcefully remove an estimated 11 million people from the United States?

Three days after Trump's campaign first hinted it was reconsidering walking back from a core campaign promise, the answer still isn't clear.

Katie Schoolov / KPBS

This week on Fronteras: 

  • Border residents turn out to oppose a proposed landfill set to be built near Laredo.
  • In Tijuana, families with deported partners are being denied access to SENTRI, a quick border crossing process.
  •  In New Mexico, a look at the choices workers face when they can’t take the day off with pay.
  • A campaign to get young Pacific Islanders to apply for the president’s deportation deferral program, DACA.


From Texas Standard:

East Texas has seen multiple deadly downpours this year. Yet in south Texas, Brooks County Sheriff-elect Benny Martinez says he wants it to rain along the border to alleviate the unbearable heat“I’m hoping the rains continue,” Martinez said Monday. “I’m hoping we get a hurricane.”

The heat index down south was over 100 degrees for most of July, which has in part contributed to the hundreds of migrant deaths. Kristian Hernandez, with the McAllen Monitor, says the sheriff’s bold statement comes from his experience with the effect the heat can have on migrants crossing the Texas-Mexico border.

Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio

This week on Fronteras:   

-Crooked middlemen are just one of three threats facing fair trade coffee farmers in Latin America.

-While attention centers on police shootings of African Americans, Native Americans actually have a higher rate of being killed by law enforcement.

-How the Latino Victory Project is building political power to ensure Hispanic voices are reflected in all levels of government.

- Sobriety goes hi-tech.  Can an app help you determine a drinking problem?