Border & Immigration

Fronteras Desk
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

San Antonio Veteran Channels War Experience Through Creative Writing

Chris Hernandez sits down with TPR's Crystal Chavez to discuss how his military career has impacted his writing career.
Chris Eudaily TPR

An interview with combat veteran Chris Hernandez of San Antonio, who talks about how writing has helped him sort through his experiences at war. ICE has released hundreds of immigrants in recent days, immigrants who are now making their way back home. Stores that cater to the growing minority groups are doing well as the country’s demographics continue to change. We look at the secrets of one highly successful, family-owned supermarket chain.

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Border & Immigration
7:07 am
Wed February 27, 2013

What Does A Secure Border Look Like? Congress Debates

Deppending on who you ask, the border is the most, or least, safe part of the United States.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Border security is a critical part of comprehensive immigration reform, but a congressional hearing on Tuesday made it clear that there’s disagreement over what a secure border looks like. 

Since 9/11 he number of border agents has doubled on the southern border, 700 miles of fence was built and new technologies have been deployed like surveillance cameras and unmanned drones.

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Border Patrol
2:13 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

U.S. Customs Says Sequestration Cuts Will Hobble Border Trade

Sequestration info graphic outlining how budget cuts will affect Border Patrol.
Rep. Pete Gallego

If Congress isn’t able to avoid the automatic $2.4 trillion budget cuts of sequestration, then border protection and legitimate border traffic could suffer.

"Certainly, without question. If on March 1 -- if sequestration does happen -- the Border Patrol will have reduced capability," said Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher testifying at a congressional hearing on border security on Tuesday.

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Fronteras Desk
1:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want Inclusion In Immigration Reform

William Wood and Jesus Rodriguez married recently with the hope that a change in federal law will allow Wood, a U.S. citizen, to petition for legal residency for Rodriguez, who is undocumented.
Adrian Florido Fronteras

 

Fronteras: Gay and lesbian activists are fighting to be included as U.S. immigration reform takes shape. The new Somali president has called for Somali refugees in the U.S. to return to their homeland and help rebuild the nation. Will young Somalis heed his call? We look at a new university housing model in New Mexico for student veterans. Also, we get the scoop on this year's CineFestival, which spotlights Latino films in San Antonio.

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Fronteras Desk
12:09 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Call For More Border Drones Despite Questionable Track Record

One of 10 Predator B drones that DHS uses to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. This plane is based in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hernán Rozemberg

Fronteras: The immigration proposal senators are crafting calls for an expanded use of border drones, we look at how effective they have been along the border so far. We hear the story of an American veteran's two-year quest to get an Iraqi family to the safety of U.S. soil. Finally, a San Antonio surgery resident talks about his immigration experience so far, and the hurdles immigrant doctors face to work in the U.S. even though there are doctor shortages.

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Border & Immigration
12:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Immigration Reform A Small Part Of President's Address, Divided Reaction

The White House

While President Barack Obama covered a lot of territory in last night’s State-of-the-Union, one topic that’s being scrutinized is immigration reform. 

It took President Obama almost exactly an hour to deliver the annual address and 2 minutes and 18 seconds of it was dedicated to immigration reform.

“And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.  

A round of applause

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Fronteras Desk
1:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

1986 Amnesty Bill Informs Today's Immigration Debate

A young man rallies for comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

On Fronteras: The legacy of the 1986 immigration reform bill is playing a big role in the current debate over how to overhaul the nation's immigration system. You may have heard about sending immigrants to "the back of the line" when it comes to a path to citizenship, but what does that line actually look like? We hear about Navajo singer Radmilla Cody, who has been nominated for her first Grammy, and a powerful profile of a Havasupai medicine woman and her gift for healing.

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Immigration Reform
7:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Castro Testifies At Committee Hearing On Immigration Reform

Though he just announced his re-election bid with the promise that he's "not going anywhere," Castro continues to be in the national spotlight.
Ryan Loyd TPR

During the first hearing on immigration of the 113th Congress, House Republicans honed in on seeking a middle ground  between “mass deportation” of undocumented immigrants and providing a path to citizenship. 

The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, called it the question of the day.

“Are there options that we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship?" Goodlatte asked San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

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Fronteras Desk
12:47 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How Immigration Reform Could Affect Employment And Guest Workers

Employers that use E-Verify in the hiring process display a sign in their office.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: What are the prospects for an overhaul to the nation's guest worker program? Arizona has plenty of experience using a mandatory employment verification system known as E-Verify; a look at how that program is working. Finally, a reaction on the current immigration reform proposals from two national organizations with very different ideas for a path forward.

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Fronteras Desk
12:52 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Broken Border: Immigration Reform In The Southwest

Workers raised the gate on the border fence of the U.S.-Mexico boundary to clean away debris from a cross-border wash. Accumulated debris has knocked down fence segments in the past.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Fronteras: After years of stalled debate, immigration reform is about to get top billing in Congress. How two Arizona lawmakers will have a big role in drafting an immigration overhaul plan, what reform could mean for the construction industry and what it means to have a "secure border." Finally, we follow a photographer along the Mexican border who is capturing the work of bi-national artists.

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