A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.
Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, about their operations along the border.
Fronteras: One of the fastest growing cities in the Southwest is squeezing out pronghorn antelope. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico through a dam that usually stops it. Some estimates show that the Obama administration has hit two million deportations, which is prompting protests across the country. Also, we speak to San Antonio Author Jonathan Marcantoni about his book, "The Feast of San Sebastian," human trafficking in Puerto Rico and his Puerto Rican identity.
Fronteras: A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.
We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."
The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.
Steve Inskeep has begun a journey along the U.S.-Mexico border — from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. NPR reporters are also pursuing stories of people, goods and culture crossing the border. Over the next two weeks, the team will be sharing impressions at NPR's On The Road blog as it prepares stories to broadcast on Morning Edition and other NPR programs in late March.