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The Two-Way
3:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Border Patrol To Limit Use Of Deadly Force Against Rock Throwers

A Border Patrol agent looks to the north near where the border wall ends as it separates Tijuana, Mexico, left, and San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 3:17 pm

U.S. Border Patrol announced on Friday that it is changing its policy on using deadly force against moving vehicles and people who throw rocks.

The agency's chief, Michael J. Fisher, sent a memorandum to employees in which he said the policy is designed to help agents avoid dangerous situations.

This is an about-face for the agency.

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Fronteras Desk
2:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws

Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly are plaintiffs in a January suit that take on the state's definition of marriage.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: It's been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture. "The Long Walk's"  impacts are still felt today. Supporters of same-sex marriage have seen recent victories in the past few weeks. Now some Arizona couples are pushing for change. Also, a climatologist gives us the latest drought picture across the Southwest.

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Fronteras Desk
12:57 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Border Detention Cells Are So Cold, Migrants Call Them "Freezers"

About 65 people a day move through this Border Patrol station in Nogales, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: The undocumented family members of military personnel are set to have an easier time gaining legal status, thanks to a new federal policy. Navajo Nation casinos stimulate the economy, but at a cost. As the nation remembers the last tragic day of JFK's presidency, many Latinos of that era reflect on what he meant to their emerging political bloc. Migrants say Border Patrol dentition cells are dangerously cold, so cold they call them "freezers."

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Border & Immigration
5:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.

About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.

Shawn Moran is the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council and said the border patrol is already a step behind smuggling organizations.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Volunteers with Enroll America's outreach campaign knock on doors in Phoenix.
Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Nicaragua Trying To Boost Medical Tourism Industry

The Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua, Nicaragua, is building its medical tourism industry.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: A group of powerful investors is trying to build the medical tourism industry in Nicaragua. We also stop in Costa Rica to check out what it takes to retire in the tropics. One community in Hidalgo, Mexico is combating the migration of its residents to the U.S. by offering tours of what it's like to cross the border illegally. The tour guides have made the real trek, and offer up a close simulation on a fake border.

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Border & Immigration
7:07 am
Wed February 27, 2013

What Does A Secure Border Look Like? Congress Debates

Deppending on who you ask, the border is the most, or least, safe part of the United States.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Border security is a critical part of comprehensive immigration reform, but a congressional hearing on Tuesday made it clear that there’s disagreement over what a secure border looks like. 

Since 9/11 he number of border agents has doubled on the southern border, 700 miles of fence was built and new technologies have been deployed like surveillance cameras and unmanned drones.

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Border Patrol
2:13 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

U.S. Customs Says Sequestration Cuts Will Hobble Border Trade

Sequestration info graphic outlining how budget cuts will affect Border Patrol.
Rep. Pete Gallego

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.

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