Fronteras Desk
12:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Threats To Reporters Cause News Blackouts In Mexico

Fronteras: Under the new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, attacks against news agencies appear to have increased. A San Diego interpreter finds himself at the center of a tense international conflict, and it may have cost him his job. We examine how the lengthy drought has started a nasty legal battle over water rights between Texas and New Mexico. Semana Santa (Holy Week) continues and Mexican citizens are traveling to the U.S. in droves, boosting San Antonio's economy.

Mexican Reporters Working Under Threat

As Mexico's drug cartels fight for dominance, reporters have fallen victim to physical threats, even murder. In the last six years, at least 67 Mexican journalists were killed, making them among the most targeted reporters in the world. Under the new president, the attacks appear to have increased leading to news blackouts along the border. The Fronteras Desk’s Michel Marizco spent some time with one border reporter, and brings us this story.

Interpreter's Career Rises, Then Falls, Amidst Tehran-Washington Standoff

A longtime San Diego resident who has made a living interpreting for others may be forced to make a career change. He finds himself at the center of a tense international conflict. As Jill Replogle reports, recent attention brought to the interpreter’s work might have cost him his job.

Gang of Eight Tours Arizona Border

A group of senators drafting an immigration reform bill toured the Arizona border Wednesday morning. As Michel Marizco reports, the senators said they expect to have their bill ready for the public once Congress returns April 8.

Hatch Valley Farms Fight for Water, Survival

Light snowfall and little rain mean the southwest is bracing itself for yet another year of historic drought. It's a wake up call for city folk and farmers alike that water is increasingly scarce.  In New Mexico, the dwindling water supply has already resulted in costly lawsuits. Mónica Ortiz Uribe has the story.

Semana Santa Means Retail Pilgrimage to the U.S.

This week is Semana Santa (Holy Week) and it is a big week in Mexico when schools cancel classes and businesses take a holiday. It is also a big week for retailers in the Southwest United States because Mexican shoppers cross the border in droves. For San Antonio,  it’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for retail sales. As Fronteras reporter Joey Palacios explains, hopes are high for this year’s Semana Santa spending spree because of a powerful peso.

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