Fronteras: 'Incredible Stories Of Courage And Faith' & 'Latino Faces' Exhibit

Apr 13, 2018

This week on Fronteras we look at issues of legal immigration, and a new art exhibit that pays tribute to Latino culture.

  • Representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services talk about evolving immigration law and how it affects the application process for legal entry into the U.S. (0:00).
  • Artist Analy Diego’s new exhibit “Latino Faces” is a pop-art tribute to the contribution of Latinos around the world (16:27).


Mario Ortiz administering the oath of allegiance
Credit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Legal Immigration: ‘Incredible Stories Of Courage And Of Faith And Of Determination And Of Strength’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is a branch of the Department Homeland Security. It’s easy to confuse it with other DHS divisions, including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. USCIS does not detain, arrest, or deport immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.  It is instead responsible for processing applications for green cards and citizenship.

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USCIS District 18 covers all of Central Texas as well as the entire Texas-Mexico border and New Mexico. Mario R. Ortiz, district director for USCIS, and Arwen Fitzgerald, public affairs officer with the USCIS Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico Office of Communications, join us on Fronteras to talk about visas, green cards, asylum and the uplifting nature of naturalization services.

Latino Faces: Pop-Art Inspired Works Highlight Latinos From Across Genres

Analy Diego (r.) and Adriana Cisneros, director of the Art Legacy Gallery (l.) flanking a portrait of Gabriel García Márquez
Credit Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

Finding the Art Legacy Gallery in San Antonio is a challenge.  But once you do find it, you’ll be greeted by an exhibition of brightly illustrated Latino faces.

Norma Martinez can be reached by email at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1