Fronteras

Fridays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 6 a.m., and Sundays at 9 p.m.

Fronteras is a collaborative regional news project that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Central Texas to Southern California, and from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, Fronteras brings emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues affecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

This week on Fronteras:

— Solving a migrant identity puzzle: A critical detail helps investigators put the pieces together.

— An Indian immigrant makes history in a Dallas suburb where voters elected him to the school board.

— In New Mexico, a place where people speak the same language is key for Asian immigrants needing services.

— Mexican students are fighting graffiti with inspirational messages.

— A new exhibit takes visitors on in-depth exploration of Tejano history

Oscar’s Story:  Solving An Identity Puzzle

Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio

    This week on Fronteras:

--The science of determining the time of death is helping identify migrants who walked around a border checkpoint but died on their journey.  

-- An update on identifying the comatose man in California known as 66 Garage. More families want to know if he could be their missing relative and science might help him communicate.  

-- On a New Mexico mesa, emergency services are needed, but scarce.  But should people be living there?

Joy Diaz / KUT Public Radio

This week on Fronteras:

--A half-million people on the Texas-Mexico border live in colonias which often lack running water, electricity and basic services.  The Obama Administration wants border states to spend more money to improve life in these communities.

--The Cardinal considered to be Pope Francis’ most reliable advisor blames Mexican drugs lords for the surge of Central American children crossing the border into the United States.

--Attorneys get courtroom training on how to win asylum for detained immigrant mothers and children.

Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

This week on Fronteras:

--A coalition comes together to fight unprecedented natural gas pipelines in West Texas near Big Bend that would transport energy to Mexico. Residents are worried.

--A proposed Texas law pushes for an end to so called sanctuary cities.  But San Antonio police say the city is safer because immigrants can report crimes without fear of deportation.

--It’s Fiesta time in San Antonio and that means medal madness. Everyone’s having a good time collecting medals during the celebration. 

Paul Flahive / Texas Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

--A look at how undocumented immigrants without social security numbers pay taxes, and why the IRS doesn’t disclose their identities.

--A legal border crossing in Texas stimulates economies and relations on both sides as it celebrates the second anniversary of its opening.

--Mexican teachers experience Houston classrooms in an international, cultural exchange program.

--A unique protest in support of an arrested Cuban artist brings museums together in solidarity.

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