Fronteras

Fridays at 12 noon and Sundays at 9 p.m.

"Fronteras" is a Texas Public Radio program exploring the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Texas to New Mexico and California, "Fronteras" provides insight into life along the U.S.- Mexico border. Our stories examine unique regional issues affecting lifestyle, politics, economics and the environment.

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This week on Fronteras, National Guard troops arrive on the border, and students expand their knowledge of Mexican food culture through “taco literacy”’

  • President Trump has called for National Guard members to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border. Troops are making their way into South Texas (0:00).
  • Tarrant County partners with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce immigration law (4:28).
  • A mural of a Mexican abuela peers down on the West Texas border town of Presidio (9:00).
  • Students gain insight into Mexican-American culture through “taco Literacy” (12:47).


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Mario R. Ortiz, district director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has been working for the agency for 30 years. In that time, he’s heard countless stories of inspiration from the immigrants he’s encountered while processing their applications for green cards or citizenship.

Ortiz was particularly touched by a noncitizen he was not able to help.

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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).


Marlon Lizama

Despite a strong Hispanic presence, not much Mexican-American history is being taught in public schools along the border — that is, until now.  

  • On this episode of Fronteras, students in El Paso are learning more about a previously unknown chapter of history (0:17).
  • Also on this episode, a SpaceX facility in Brownsville has yet to be completed but residents there are worried if the company’s promises of a launch facility will go unfulfilled (5:34).
  • And finally, Houston poet and performer Marley Lizama talks about how his mother’s unconventional punishments led him to poetry, and how hip hop helped him find his voice (10:57).


Marlon Lizama

Houston poet and performer Marlon “Marley” Lizama discovered his love of the spoken word through hip hop. His group Havikoro is made up of dancers, poets and authors, and they have traveled the world sharing their culture with international audiences.

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