If Congress isn’t able to avoid the automatic $2.4 trillion budget cuts of sequestration, then border protection and legitimate border traffic could suffer.
"Certainly, without question. If on March 1 -- if sequestration does happen -- the Border Patrol will have reduced capability," said Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher testifying at a congressional hearing on border security on Tuesday.
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.
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.
On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.
This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:
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.
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.
Counties along the Texas-Mexico border are reporting higher numbers of hungry invaders from Mexico -- bears -- and wildlife biologists are trying to quickly educate border residents about the dos and don’ts of living with the big mammals.
Black bears are native to most of the Southwest, but in Texas, human development, hunting and trapping drove the ursine wildlife out of most of South Texas and the Hill Country decades ago.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the newly-elected president of Mexico, takes power on Saturday and inherits a nation that is suffering from a long-running conflict against drug traffickers and an economy that is improved but still anemic. On this side of the border, Mexico watchers are hoping Peña Nieto will be the pragmatic problem solver that he promised during his presidential campaign.
A look at how border patrol shootings are investigated, how one border state is trying to tap into the global supply chain, and a report on a key competitive race in Arizona. Also, Las Vegas is being hit hard by Spanish election ads.
With illegal immigration, drug trafficking and a possible wall, the U.S./Mexico border is a hotbed of news. Americans need to make decisions about these problems and they are going to need reliable reporting from the border; however, that information is getting harder to come by because journalism on the border is becoming an ever-increasing dangerous occupation.