Fronteras

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

The Fronteras Desk is a collaborative regional news service that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest.  Reporting will bring emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues affecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

Fronteras is led by KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona and KPBS in San Diego, California, and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of its Local Journalism Center initiative. From Central Texas to Southern California, and from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, Fronteras covers an area of about 9 million residents and reaches an audience of about 1 million listeners.

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Fronteras Desk
12:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

How To Stop People From Overstaying Visas

Relatives wait outside the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, where Mexican citizens can apply for a temporary visa.
Cristina Esquivel Fronteras

Many of the people in the U.S. illegally actually came legally on a temporary visa, but then never went home. What authorities are doing to combat high crime rates on the Navajo Nation. A preview of a documentary that profiles a Tijuaana actor who also makes money as an immigrant smuggler. Finally, an interview with actor Lou Diamond Phillips about his latest film, "Filly Brown," and his career.

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Fronteras Desk
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

San Antonio Veteran Channels War Experience Through Creative Writing

Chris Hernandez sits down with TPR's Crystal Chavez to discuss how his military career has impacted his writing career.
Chris Eudaily TPR

An interview with combat veteran Chris Hernandez of San Antonio, who talks about how writing has helped him sort through his experiences at war. ICE has released hundreds of immigrants in recent days, immigrants who are now making their way back home. Stores that cater to the growing minority groups are doing well as the country’s demographics continue to change. We look at the secrets of one highly successful, family-owned supermarket chain.

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Fronteras Desk
1:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want Inclusion In Immigration Reform

William Wood and Jesus Rodriguez married recently with the hope that a change in federal law will allow Wood, a U.S. citizen, to petition for legal residency for Rodriguez, who is undocumented.
Adrian Florido Fronteras

 

Fronteras: Gay and lesbian activists are fighting to be included as U.S. immigration reform takes shape. The new Somali president has called for Somali refugees in the U.S. to return to their homeland and help rebuild the nation. Will young Somalis heed his call? We look at a new university housing model in New Mexico for student veterans. Also, we get the scoop on this year's CineFestival, which spotlights Latino films in San Antonio.

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Fronteras Desk
12:09 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Call For More Border Drones Despite Questionable Track Record

One of 10 Predator B drones that DHS uses to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. This plane is based in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hernán Rozemberg

Fronteras: The immigration proposal senators are crafting calls for an expanded use of border drones, we look at how effective they have been along the border so far. We hear the story of an American veteran's two-year quest to get an Iraqi family to the safety of U.S. soil. Finally, a San Antonio surgery resident talks about his immigration experience so far, and the hurdles immigrant doctors face to work in the U.S. even though there are doctor shortages.

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Fronteras Desk
1:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

1986 Amnesty Bill Informs Today's Immigration Debate

A young man rallies for comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

On Fronteras: The legacy of the 1986 immigration reform bill is playing a big role in the current debate over how to overhaul the nation's immigration system. You may have heard about sending immigrants to "the back of the line" when it comes to a path to citizenship, but what does that line actually look like? We hear about Navajo singer Radmilla Cody, who has been nominated for her first Grammy, and a powerful profile of a Havasupai medicine woman and her gift for healing.

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Fronteras Desk
12:47 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How Immigration Reform Could Affect Employment And Guest Workers

Employers that use E-Verify in the hiring process display a sign in their office.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: What are the prospects for an overhaul to the nation's guest worker program? Arizona has plenty of experience using a mandatory employment verification system known as E-Verify; a look at how that program is working. Finally, a reaction on the current immigration reform proposals from two national organizations with very different ideas for a path forward.

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Fronteras Desk
12:52 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Broken Border: Immigration Reform In The Southwest

Workers raised the gate on the border fence of the U.S.-Mexico boundary to clean away debris from a cross-border wash. Accumulated debris has knocked down fence segments in the past.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Fronteras: After years of stalled debate, immigration reform is about to get top billing in Congress. How two Arizona lawmakers will have a big role in drafting an immigration overhaul plan, what reform could mean for the construction industry and what it means to have a "secure border." Finally, we follow a photographer along the Mexican border who is capturing the work of bi-national artists.

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Fronteras Desk
1:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Mexico Re-Making Its Centuries-Old Tradition Of Midwifery

Infants like this baby girl used to be born at home to traditional midwives. Today most babies in Mexico are born in hospitals.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Some are asking President Obama to hire more Latinos in his second term. Proponents are planning to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act, which died in the House last session. Immigrant driver's licenses are a hot topic in New Mexico, and we look at how Mexico is re-making its centuries-old tradition of midwifery.

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Fronteras Desk
12:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Questioning Criminal Charges Against Undocumented Immigrant Workers

Maricopa County Sheriff's Officers raid the On Your Way Car Wash in Peoria, Ariz. in October 2009. (Photo courtesy www.PhotosByJoseMunoz.com)
Jose Munoz

On Fronteras: Drug enforcement off the coast of Central America, illegal immigration missing from Gov. Rick Perry's introductory speech to the Texas legislature, refugees demanding more competent health care services, mixed-immigration families and the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and criminal charges against undocumented workers.
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Fronteras Desk
1:28 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

PBS Documentary: Covering The Mexican Drug War

Reporter Sergio Haro driving through Mexicali, Mexico.
Claudio Rocha Quiet Pictures

'Reportero,' a new documentary that examines how journalists at a Tijuana-based news weekly risk their lives to report on Mexico's deadly drug war airs Jan. 7 on PBS. When you think of drones, the military may come to mind at first, but a couple of entrepreneurs want them to become part of everyone's daily life.

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