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Fronteras is a Texas Public Radio program that explores 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 environmental landscape.

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Border Landowners Wonder Where Wall Will Be Built

Businessman Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States.  This week, Fronteras looks at how the Trump Administration could affect Texans and immigrants.  A major Trump campaign promise  –  building a border wall.  It’s still not clear yet where the wall will be built or if it will actually be a physical barrier along the entire border. Marfa Public Radio’s Travis Bubenik reports landowners there want to know if the wall will cut through their property.

The Story

White House Says Kidnapped Houston Photojournalist Alive A Houston family whose son, a photojournalist was kidnapped in Syria nearly four and half years ago, gets word from the White House that it’s confident their son is alive. Debra and Marc Tice were briefed recently by James O’Brien, the Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, fueling optimism that their son, Austin Tice, will eventually be released. They told Houston Public Media’s Ed Mayberry that they’ve never had any doubt that Austin is alive and will eventually return safely. And in this conversation, they say they’re heartened that the U.S. government also seems to have the same assessment. The Story


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This week on Fronteras:    

  • A campaign to let everyone know they are welcome, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, or immigration status.
  • Mexico considers its options in response to president-elect Trump’s threats to pull out of NAFTA.
  • The struggles immigrant artists face in a new country with a different language.
  • What would a Mexican Christmas be without tamales?  Jesse Moreno, the owner of La Popular Tamale House in Dallas, has been making tamales for over 30 years. 
  • A match that turned out to be more important than love.
  •  A big bundle of help arrives for the families of the five Dallas police officers gunned down last summer, just in time for Christmas


Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

Mexican senators threaten to cancel dozens of treaties with the U.S. due to Trump’s election and his proposed border wall.

Searching for a missing migrants along the border.

Sexual assault evidence kits continue to sit without being tested in New Mexico.

West Texas pipeline protestors take inspiration from the success of the Standing Rock Sioux.

Checking in with Lindsay Diaz, who lost her suburban Dallas home in last year’s Christmas weekend tornado.

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On Fronteras:  Immigrant Families Released, Crowds Protest White Nationalist, Border Wall Exhibit

This week on Fronteras:   

  •  Hundreds of Central American women and children pour into San Antonio after  being released from immigrant detention centers.
  • Crowds turn out to protest white nationalist Richard Spencer at Texas A&M University.
  • Deputies in West Texas arrest pipeline protestors who chained themselves to a company fence.
  • An artistic perspective on border security, the existing fence between the U.S. and Mexico and the proposed wall.