Border & Immigration

Fronteras Desk
11:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Historic Genocide Trial & The Declining Interest In Chicano Studies

The Guatemalan Foundation for Forensic Anthropology has been digging up mass graves for years, uncovering evidence for war crimes trials, and returning remains to victims' families.
Jill Replogle Fronteras

After decades of impunity, a former Guatemalan strongman stands trial for genocide. How the proposed minimum wage increase would affect Latinos. How a declining interest in Chicano studies reflects an identity shift for many Latinos. This summer, Phoenix, Ariz. is trying to diversify city lifeguards, the classic summer job for teens.

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Immigration Reform
9:11 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Takes Turn On Immigration Reform - Work Visas

Rand Paul is known for his conservative Tea Party stance, but his latest comments about work visas are turning some heads.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

As the Republican Party continues to grapple with finding a solution to its Latino voter problem, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has dramatically softened his stance on immigration reform.

Paul told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that there could be a place in America for undocumented workers.

At first there was some confusion about what Paul said to the Hispanic Chamber. It was reported that the he had jumped the Tea Party ship and was endorsing comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship.

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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Fronteras: How Is Sequestration Affecting The Border?

The Otay Mesa commercial port of entry clogs up in the afternoons, but is often nearly empty in the mornings
Katrina Farmer Fronteras

Despite Warnings, Border Waits Not Longer Than Usual

Under the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is slated to have $500 million slashed from its budget. Border authorities warn this is already making for longer waits at international airports and land crossings. Our Fronteras Desk reporter Jill Replogle went out to take the pulse on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Fronteras Desk
12:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

How To Stop People From Overstaying Visas

Relatives wait outside the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, where Mexican citizens can apply for a temporary visa.
Cristina Esquivel Fronteras

Many of the people in the U.S. illegally actually came legally on a temporary visa, but then never went home. What authorities are doing to combat high crime rates on the Navajo Nation. A preview of a documentary that profiles a Tijuaana actor who also makes money as an immigrant smuggler. Finally, an interview with actor Lou Diamond Phillips about his latest film, "Filly Brown," and his career.

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Border & Immigration
3:28 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Border Patrol Catches Sex Offender In Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station apprehended a convicted sex offender Tuesday morning.

Agents patrolling a local ranch near the Buena Vista area encountered 46-year old Jose Luis Dones-Berreles  - an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

During processing, agents discovered that Dones-Berreles had been previously deported from the United States and was a registered sex offender.

A criminal records check revealed that Dones-Berreles has a 2009 conviction out of Harris County for indecency with a child and served two years on that charge.

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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