Border & Immigration

Fronteras Desk
11:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Immigrant Families With Mixed Legal Status In Limbo

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Heath Haussamen

Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.

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Fronteras Desk
11:51 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Immigration Reform Putting Some Republicans In Hot Seat

Dueling protests may be the norm for some congresspeople being targeted by groups on opposite sides of the immigration reform debate
Jill Replogle Fronteras

Fronteras: Any new immigration bill will include some measure of increased border surveillance, which doesn't sit well with people already fed up with federal scrutiny. As members of Congress begin their August break, many will be getting an earful from constituents about immigration reform. A college in Southern Nevada is struggling to meet the needs of its growing Latino student body. Part of the Navajo Nation has been slow to rebuild after a development freeze, which is affecting some of the poorest people on the reservation.

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Border & Immigration
3:22 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Latinas Gaining More And More Economic Power In The U.S.

2013 U.S. female population distribution by age. Blue=Total females, Green=Latinas.

A report released this week by Nielsen titled Latina Powershift says that Latinas are an economic power and may define the next American generation.

The report says U.S. Hispanic women have recently and rapidly surfaced as prominent contributors to the educational, economic, and cultural wellbeing of not only their own ethnicity, but of American society and the consumer marketplace.

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Border & Immigration
10:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Census Study Says Non-English Speaking Growing In U.S.

Percentage of people 5 years and over who spoke a language other than english at home.
U.S. Census Bureau

A new U.S. Census report shows a growing number of U.S. residents speak a language at home other than English as the level of English proficiency in the nation holds steady.

The report, Language Use in the United States: 2011, says the percentage of people speaking a non-English language increased from 19.7 percent in 2007 to 20.8 percent in 2011. 58 percent of U.S. residents that speak a foreign language at home also speak English very well.

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Fronteras Desk
11:26 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Arizona's Outdoor Tent City Jail Turns 20

Tent City has become a symbol of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement regime.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: How environmental concerns stack up against border security as Congress considers adding more fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the outdoor jail that has become a symbol of the law enforcement style of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Hopi Nation in northern Arizona is in the middle of what advocates call a domestic violence epidemic. Also, why the chilies in your favorite hot sauce may give you more of a kick than you bargained for.

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DACA Lawsuit
11:41 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Federal Judge Dismisses Border Agent Lawsuit Against Deferred Action

A lawsuit filed by ten immigration agents challenging President Obama’s Deferred Action policy has been dismissed in federal court.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents filed the suit last year.  They said deferred action forced them to violate federal law by not sending known immigrants into deportation proceedings.

Government attorneys argued the Texas federal court did not have jurisdiction over the case. Instead, they said the case could be heard by another court reserved for disputes among federal employees.

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Border & Immigration
3:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Border Residents Question "Surge" Proposal

Protestor in San Benito, Texas, July 17, 2013.
David Martin Davies

The senate’s recent plan to overhaul U.S. Immigration policy included a provision called the "Border Surge." It’s a multi-billion dollar plan that would double the size of the Border Patrol and expand the border fence.

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Border & Immigration
1:46 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Battle Over Border Security

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle keeps watch along the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:51 pm

Bloomberg News is reporting that when House lawmakers leave Washington this week for a five week break they’ll be buttonholed at public events — even hounded at the grocery store — by advocates for and against immigration reform.

Beefing up border security is one flashpoint.

The Senate has passed a $46 billion plan to double the number of agents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and add more cameras, sensors, drones and fencing.

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Border & Immigration
5:32 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Immigration Issue Shows Big Money Doesn't Always Win In D.C.

The crowd cheers speaker Glenn Beck (not pictured) during a Tea Party rally to "Audit the IRS" in front of the U.S. Capitol on June 19.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:17 pm

Big Money often gets what it wants in Washington. But not always.

In few policy debates is that more true than in the proposed overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

The big donors and corporate leaders of the Republican establishment mostly favor remaking U.S. immigration laws to give those now here illegally an eventual door to citizenship and to increase the annual quota for guest workers.

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Nicaragua Trying To Boost Medical Tourism Industry

The Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua, Nicaragua, is building its medical tourism industry.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: A group of powerful investors is trying to build the medical tourism industry in Nicaragua. We also stop in Costa Rica to check out what it takes to retire in the tropics. One community in Hidalgo, Mexico is combating the migration of its residents to the U.S. by offering tours of what it's like to cross the border illegally. The tour guides have made the real trek, and offer up a close simulation on a fake border.

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