Fri January 31, 2014
Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office
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.
Immigration reform, while not at the forefront of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, is believed by some members of the administration to take shape this year. From our Fronteras Desk, Joey Palacios spoke to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on how an altered immigration system could shape the country’s labor force.
When federal courts get involved with local police departments, the price tag can soar. In Arizona’s Maricopa County an outside monitor is now in place to ensure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies comply with a court order to prevent racial profiling against Latinos. That’s just one of many reforms coming to one of the most well-known departments in the country and those changes are starting to add up. From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports.
Combating Racial Profiling in San Diego
In San Diego, Police Chief William Lansdowne has proposed sweeping changes in the way his department combats racial profiling . He addressed the city council's public safety committee Wednesday, in response to concerns brought to light in a recent KPBS and Voice of San Diego investigation. Speak City Heights reporter Megan Burks has more.
Scientists working in Central America have discovered an unexpected consequence of the drug war: deforestation. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.
Politicians in Chihuahua, Mexico and West Texas have announced that a long-awaited rail connection linking large Mexican ports in Sinaloa and Michoacan to Texas will break ground in 2015. Fronteras correspondent Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio reports.
University Program Assists DACA Applicants
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. From our Fronteras Desk Joey Palacios reports.
Newly released KIDS COUNT data show that about two-thirds of American 4th graders don't read proficiently. As Carrie Jung reports, with the exception of Colorado, states in the southwest fared among the worst in the nation.
By some measures Mexico may have some of the fastest Internet in Latin America, but for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow. They know much faster connections lie just across the border, and feel like Mexico's telecom giants are holding the city back. From member station KPBS in San Diego, technology reporter David Wagner explores what it would take for Tijuana to truly cross the digital divide.
Mexican Tax Hike Hits Pet Owners
The recent tax hike in Tijuana has hit pet owners especially hard. KPBS Reporter Helen Hawes tells how pet owners and animal rescue groups have responded.