Border & Immigration

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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Fronteras Desk
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

"El Frio," A Rare - And Fatal - Genetic Brain Disease In New Mexico

"This is my time bomb picture," said Dr. Leslie Morrison. "This is the cavernous angioma (in the brain), and this is after its bled."
Dr. Leslie Morrison

Fronteras: Researchers in New Mexico say treatment for a rare and often deadly genetic disorder may be found in the state's colonial history. A look at the federal government’s choice to close dozens of deportation cases in Maricopa County. Summer in Phoenix means triple digit weather most days, but not everyone can keep up with the costs of staying cool. Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth on July 10, 1913 at 134 degrees, but some experts doubt the desert reached that temperature.

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Fronteras Desk
11:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Most Mexican Meth Enters U.S. Via San Diego, Use On The Rise

Jill Replogle Fronteras

Fronteras: San Diego is the number one entry point for Mexican methamphetamine making its way to cities and towns across the U.S. The Honor Guard does more than post and salute the flag at a funeral, this week they are standing vigil with the 19 fallen firefighters in Prescott, Arizona. Also, border agents are having to race to find lost migrants in the desert who are sick and some are dying from the heat.

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Fronteras Desk
1:11 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Arizona Towns Honor Fallen Firefighters, Face Uncertain Future

Hundreds turned out to honor the 19 firefighters at a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: People effected by the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters now wonder what kind of home they'll be returning to. A new report alleges that agricultural producers in New Mexico may be saving money by engaging in unethical and illegal pay practices. A look at workers compensation practices in the state’s dairy industry. County commissioners in Mora, New Mexico, have passed the nation's first county-wide ban on hydraulic natural gas fracking, citing water safety concerns.

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