FRONTERAS: Mexican Journalists In Danger; Border Wall Suit; Respecting Pronunciation Of Names

Jul 21, 2017

This week on Fronteras: 

  •  Increasing danger for journalists covering organized crime across the border in Mexico.
  •  Environmentalists file against the U.S. government claiming President Trump’s border wall will harm endangered species.
  •   Are confederate monuments a symbol of racism?
  •  Performer and social activist Irma Herrera makes the case for respecting the pronunciation of a person’s name.
  •  For refugee students, getting through school can be tough.  That’s why a Dallas couple says they’re helping kids in their neighborhood.


Paco Rojas is a well-known journalist n Reynosa. He does not mention specific names of organized crime groups on-the-air. His news reports focus on the locations of alleged crimes to warn citizens to avoid a given area.
Credit Lorne Matalon


Reporters Covering Organized Crime In Mexico Face Increased Danger

Journalists who report on organized crime in Mexico know it can be dangerous.  Some reporters have lost their lives.  Recently, the danger increased. Journalists in Mexico face a lot of insecurity, but what is happening right now to reporters in the border state of Tamaulipas is unusually difficult. In late April, Mexican marines killed the leader of a major cartel in that state—setting off a wave of crime that reporters are struggling to chronicle without being targeted themselves. And the story matters to the U.S. because the fight is in Reynosa, a city filled with assembly-line factories that provide the U.S. with items like furniture, electronics and computers.  Marfa Public Radio’s Lorne Matalon has the story.

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The U.S.-Mexico border fence stretches through southeastern San Diego County, July 13, 2017.
Credit Photo by Kris Arciaga / KPBS


Environmentalists Sue Government Over Border Wall

In California, prototypes of President Trump’s border wall are scheduled to go up in Otay Mesa over the summer.  But environmentalists hope to stop construction, They’re suing the government because they say the wall will affect endangered species.  Jean Guerrero of KPBS has details.

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The Confederate Monument in Travis Park was erected in 1899Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public RadioEdit | Remove

  Debate Over Confederate Monuments:  Are They Racist?

In the heart of one of San Antonio’s oldest parks is a tall Confederate Monument erected thirty years after the civil war. Most visitors to Travis Park only pay passing attention to it, but in the last two years the 40-foot structure has become the subject of scrutiny as people across the U.S. question whether confederate landmarks are an offensive reminder of past racism against people of color. TPR’s Joey Palacios tells us at least two council people would like to see the monument moved to a museum and community support may be growing.

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Irma Herrera and Norma Martinez
Credit Norma Martinez


Respecting The Pronunciations Of Hispanic Names

A person’s name can be a point of contention, especially when it’s pronounced incorrectly.  If your name is long, perhaps you shorten it.  Or if you are Hispanic, perhaps you don’t mind an Anglicized version…take “peh-REZ” instead of “PEH-rez.”

TPR’s Norma Martinez spoke with writer, performer, and social activist Irma Herrera, whose one-woman show “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” encourages people to embrace the names with which they were blessed. 

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At their home, Alex and Laura Laywell (on the right), play the game, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, with Eh Kaw Thaw (left), 17, who is a refugee born in Thailand, and other neighbors who are refugees from all over the world.
Credit Lara Solt / Special contributor to KERA


Dallas Couple Opens Their Home and Hearts To Refugee Children

In one North Texas neighborhood, a young couple is helping refugee students navigate their new lives in America.  KERA’s Stella Chavez checks in with the husband and wife team who spend most of their days working with refugee kids. Then at night, they open their Dallas home to them.

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