border patrol http://tpr.org en Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border http://tpr.org/post/always-watching-fragile-trust-lines-us-mexico-border We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.<p>Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.<p>The Border Patrol — part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — allowed us a look inside the communications center at its headquarters in Laredo, Texas. The room had no windows, just a giant wall of screens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 28731 at http://tpr.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border Austin-Based Civil Rights Group Filing Suit Against Border Patrol In Immigrant Rape Case http://tpr.org/post/austin-based-civil-rights-group-filing-suit-against-border-patrol-immigrant-rape-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A civil rights group in Austin says an incident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who raped three undocumented women near Mission is not unusual.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:47:39 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28434 at http://tpr.org Fearing Rape, Migrant Women Prepare For Crossing With Birth Control http://tpr.org/post/fearing-rape-migrant-women-prepare-crossing-birth-control <p><strong>On Fronteras: </strong>Women migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border face many dangers on the journey, including rape. The crimes usually go unpunished. But there’s one case now in an Arizona court that is different.</p><p>...also, the U.S. Border Patrol says it’s refining its techniques when facing people who throw rocks at agents along the border.</p><p>...and Burmese refugees living in the Southwest are working hard to learn English - even though some are illiterate. They’re future depends on learning the language.</p><p>Finally, as spring rolls around, hear a commentary about the promise of the season, which can be both bountiful and bleak.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:52:27 +0000 Crystal Chavez 28264 at http://tpr.org Fearing Rape, Migrant Women Prepare For Crossing With Birth Control Border Patrol To Limit Use Of Deadly Force Against Rock Throwers http://tpr.org/post/border-patrol-limit-use-deadly-force-against-rock-throwers U.S. Border Patrol announced on Friday that it is changing its policy on using deadly force against moving vehicles and people who throw rocks.<p>The agency's chief, Michael J. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 27886 at http://tpr.org Border Patrol To Limit Use Of Deadly Force Against Rock Throwers Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws http://tpr.org/post/same-sex-couples-challenging-arizona-marriage-laws <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> 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"&nbsp; 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.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:00:17 +0000 Crystal Chavez 25593 at http://tpr.org Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws Border Detention Cells Are So Cold, Migrants Call Them "Freezers" http://tpr.org/post/border-detention-cells-are-so-cold-migrants-call-them-freezers <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> The undocumented family members of military personnel&nbsp;are set to&nbsp;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."</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:57:32 +0000 Crystal Chavez 22380 at http://tpr.org Border Detention Cells Are So Cold, Migrants Call Them "Freezers" Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties http://tpr.org/post/shutdown-sends-border-patrol-trainees-home-and-may-cause-staffing-difficulties <p>Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in&nbsp;Artesia,&nbsp;New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.</p><p>About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.</p><p>Shawn Moran is the vice president of the <a href="http://www.nbpc.net/" target="_blank">National Border Patrol Council</a> and said the border patrol is already a step behind smuggling organizations.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:13:02 +0000 Joey Palacios 20010 at http://tpr.org Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care http://tpr.org/post/obstacles-getting-non-english-speakers-signed-health-care <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:25:49 +0000 Crystal Chavez 18454 at http://tpr.org The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care Nicaragua Trying To Boost Medical Tourism Industry http://tpr.org/post/nicaragua-trying-boost-medical-tourism-industry <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: A group of powerful investors&nbsp;is trying&nbsp;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&#39;s like to cross the border illegally. The tour guides have made the real trek, and offer up a close simulation on&nbsp;a fake border.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Crystal Chavez 14968 at http://tpr.org Nicaragua Trying To Boost Medical Tourism Industry What Does A Secure Border Look Like? Congress Debates http://tpr.org/post/what-does-secure-border-look-congress-debates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span></p><p>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.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:07:15 +0000 David Martin Davies 7041 at http://tpr.org What Does A Secure Border Look Like? Congress Debates