Border & Immigration

Border & Immigration
5:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Border Bishops Collaborate On Immigration Reform Letter

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller takes the podium announcing the open letter, "Family Beyond Borders."
Joey Palacios TPR News

Catholic bishops on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are releasing a letter to their parishes and elected officials to address what they call the "human tragedies" of the current immigration system. The clergy hope the letter will change misconceptions about undocumented immigrants.

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Fronteras Desk
12:57 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Border Detention Cells Are So Cold, Migrants Call Them "Freezers"

About 65 people a day move through this Border Patrol station in Nogales, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: The undocumented family members of military personnel are set to have an easier time gaining legal status, thanks to a new federal policy. Navajo Nation casinos stimulate the economy, but at a cost. As the nation remembers the last tragic day of JFK's presidency, many Latinos of that era reflect on what he meant to their emerging political bloc. Migrants say Border Patrol dentition cells are dangerously cold, so cold they call them "freezers."

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
4:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

JFK's Fateful Last Night And The Latino Vote

Screenshot from a 1960 JFK ad featuring Jackie speaking Spanish.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWnsJmBsvHU

As the nation remembers the last tragic day of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, many Latino voters of that era reflect on what the 35th president meant to their emerging political bloc.

JFK had a special connection to the Mexican-American voter, and his campaign helped create the Latino Democratic political coalitions that still exist today.

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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Political Asylum Requests From Mexicans Have Tripled Since 2009

Carlos Gutierrez says his feet were hacked off when he refused to pay criminals a monthly extortion demand. He is cycling in Texas to highlight his appeal for political asylum. He has been granted a work permit pending that appeal.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: More Mexicans are trying to escape intimidation and/or violence by petitioning the U.S. for political asylum. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States. Authorities in Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month. The McDonald Observatory in West Texas is now home to the historic Otto Struve telescope.

Mexican Political Asylum Requests Up

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Fronteras Desk
12:10 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hidden Pockets Of Poverty: College Towns, Suburbs & Public Schools

For many of the children at Killip Elementary School the food they get at school is the only food they will eat all day.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: A three-part series exploring hidden pockets of poverty: In college towns across the West, it's often a struggle to find both low-income and student housing. We explore a new trend of higher poverty rates in the nation's suburbs. As the number of poor students increases the amount of per pupil funding doesn't. We look at one public school district that's trying to do more with less. Also, a look at the unique challenges the children of migrant farm workers face when it comes to getting an education.

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Fronteras Desk
11:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Children Of Immigrants Living "In The Shadows Of The Slaughterhouse"

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Fronteras: How the Clark County School District, one of the nation's biggest school districts in Nevada, is scrambling to make space for students. The growth of meat packing plants in the rural Midwest has created an unforeseen challenge -- children in need of food, housing and education. The series "In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse" looks into the lives of immigrant families in the meat-packing industry.

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Border & Immigration
12:06 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Business Organizations Petition Congress For Immigration Reform

Richard Morgan Fronteras

Immigration reform may be on the back burner in congress since the end of the shutdown, but the Texas Association of Business, along with other organizations, are urging members of congress to pass an immigration compromise for the sake of the economy.

On Capitol Hill more than 600 people from business, law enforcement, and evangelical organizations nationwide are asking for a sensible path to citizenship so skilled workers can obtain employment.

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Fronteras
1:18 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Demand Up for Spanish Hunting Classes in Texas

Rogaciano Macedo-Mondragon holds up his target sheet on Sept. 22 after taking aim with a pellet gun during the two-day hunter education course in Spanish of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Veronica Zaragovia KUT News

On Fronteras: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has seen an increased demand for hunter education in Spanish. NSA spying in Mexico has been revealed and many Mexicans, including a former president are registering strong protest. We continue reports on an alleged culture of corruption in New Mexico's mental health system, and the state's refusal to release evidence of that allegation. This past summer was unusually busy in the Arizona desert for migrant rescues. We talk to a 9-1-1 dispatcher who takes calls from border crossers who run out of water and fear they are close to death.

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Return Migration
2:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Local Group Studying Return Migration To Mexico

Screenshot of MATT.org

A local nonprofit is seeking to understand the process of return immigration, when immigrants in the U.S. return to Mexico.

From 2005 to 2010, 1.4 million Mexican migrants returned to Mexico -- only about 11 percent of those were deportees according to the Pew Research Center. Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) is bi-national -- it has offices in San Antonio and Mexico -- and uses its program Yo Soy Mexico to assist migrants once they crossover.

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Fronteras Desk
2:33 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Deportation Protests Continue As Immigration Reform Prospects Wane

Demonstrators danced into the late afternoon in front of the ICE office in Phoenix under a banner they hung themselves on the front gate.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: Activists are calling on President Obama to take administrative action to stop deportations as the chance of Congress passing a reform bill this year wanes. Hundreds of vulnerable towns in New Mexico are trying to avoid running out of water during this drought. We’ll hear about the challenges foreign doctors face when they come to the U.S. Also, a report on an award by the Hopi Foundation in Arizona for people who work with victims of torture to help them heal.

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