Border & Immigration

Fronteras Desk
9:35 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Texas Board Of Education To Consider Mexican-American Studies

The Texas State Board of Education was expected to vote Friday on the requirement for Algebra II to graduate high school. But the board might also consider adding Mexican-American studies as a course option.

There are five million students in Texas and 51 percent are Hispanic, but there has never been an official Mexican-American studies course in Texas public schools.

Activist Tony Diaz wants to change that.

“Because they shouldn’t deny the history that Tejanos have made in shaping the state as well as the country," Diaz said.

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Fronteras Desk
3:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Texas University Assisting South & West Texas Immigrants With DACA Applications

A Texas university program aimed at informing and assisting young immigrants eligible to obtain a deferred action status is expanding its reach into South Texas.

An estimated 1.7 million undocumented young people in the United States are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to Pew Research.

Since late 2012 the DACA Project at the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University has assisted 200 people in obtaining DACA status, which puts off removal or deportation proceedings.

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Fronteras Desk
1:55 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office

Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio briefly gathered in the lobby of the sheriff's office in early January in protest of his record.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: Long-awaited rail connection linking large Mexican ports in Sinaloa and Michoacan to Texas will break ground in 2015. Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is under a court order to prevent racial profiling. By some measures, Mexico might have some of the fastest Internet speeds in Latin America, but for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow.

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Fronteras Desk
2:53 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Labor Secretary: Immigration Reform Critical For Economic Recovery

Immigration reform, while not at the forefront of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, is believed by some members of the administration to take shape this year.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said he believes an altered migration system could shape the country’s labor force for the better.

Immigration reform got a hearty nod from Obama during his speech. The president went as far as to say it would shrink deficits by $1 trillion in the next two decades.

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Fronteras Desk
1:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Debate Hits Border Security

President Barack Obama addressed immigration reform Tuesday in his State of the Union address. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has indicated the house might take a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

But in Texas, the race for lieutenant governor has turned into a four-way battle over who can sound the toughest against illegal immigration.

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Fronteras Desk
2:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws

Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly are plaintiffs in a January suit that take on the state's definition of marriage.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: It's been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture. "The Long Walk's"  impacts are still felt today. Supporters of same-sex marriage have seen recent victories in the past few weeks. Now some Arizona couples are pushing for change. Also, a climatologist gives us the latest drought picture across the Southwest.

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Border & Immigration
4:44 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

High Speed Rail On Track Between San Antonio, Monterrey

There is serious talk about connecting San Antonio with a high-speed rail. But the bullet train isn’t heading to Austin or Houston, the drive is to connect San Antonio with Monterrey, Mexico.

On Thursday South Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar met with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx along with state and Mexican officials to discuss the proposed rail system.

Cuellar said driving the 300 miles between the two cities now can take a full day because of busy border checkpoints, and the trip has its hazards. But the high-speed rail would change that.

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Fronteras Desk
1:56 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Drone Testing Starts In Texas

Engineers check over the RS-16 before it’s set for launch. This process can take at least an hour.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: A university research team in Texas was one of six teams selected by the FAA to begin testing drones, but not everyone is keen on the idea. A little-known stretch of desert in southern New Mexico is the site of a proposed national monument but some fear its proximity to the border may invite illegal traffic. And a developer in Arizona embarks on an urban renewal project in a poor Phoenix barrio but how will this impact the area’s rich Latino past?

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Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Study Compiles Data On Why Immigrants Leave The United States

An in-depth study into why immigrants are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico is being released by a binational nonprofit based in San Antonio.

The study finds the majority are returning home by their own choice.

The study called End of an Era, which was done by Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT), interviewed 600 people in the Mexican state of Jalisco last fall. The requirements: They had to have been in the U.S. at least one year and back in Mexico for three months.

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Fronteras Desk
1:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Navajo Communities Face Water Poverty Crisis

Lindsay Johnson has had to conserve water most of her life. It's a happy day when the water lady fills her barrels.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: Most Americans use more than 100 gallons of water a day, but in Smith Lake, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, they use seven. As industries develop farther into remote areas, they run into conflicts with tribes who view certain sites as sacred New York City's "stop and frisk" law has been controversial because of the potential for racial profiling and in San Diego, activists say the same thing is happening.

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