President Obama recently announced that he would be turning his attention to immigration reform. But what's a realistic expectation, and what are immigrant communities really hoping for? Host Michel Martin talks with Fernando Espuelas of Univision, and Eduardo De Souza, a soccer coach at Longwood University.
Fronteras: Activists are calling on President Obama to take administrative action to stop deportations as the chance of Congress passing a reform bill this year wanes. Hundreds of vulnerable towns in New Mexico are trying to avoid running out of water during this drought. We’ll hear about the challenges foreign doctors face when they come to the U.S. Also, a report on an award by the Hopi Foundation in Arizona for people who work with victims of torture to help them heal.
Texas Matters: There is finally movement on the government shutdown in D.C. but Democrats say it's not enough. While there is plenty of support for Prop. 6, the November ballot item to establish a water fund, there is also a strong current of opposition. Also on this show: GOP candidates in Texas try to stay true to fundamentals and appeal to Latino voters, and the future of execution drugs used in Texas.
Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?
This week the Texas political world is buzzing over where Attorney General Greg Abbott -- the perceived GOP front-runner for governor -- stands regarding the issue of providing in-state tuition for students without immigration documentation.
The inquiry into Abbott followed the fallout in the lieutenant governor’s race, where Republican candidates picked each other apart over the issue. At a recent Austin event, Abbott ducked reporters’ questions, saying he was running late and had no time to talk.
Fronteras: Volunteers in California are taking action to try to prevent Mexican immigrants from dying on their way to the U.S. The uninsured eligible for health care through the Affordable Care Act include millions who don't speak English well, which iss causing some challenges. Native Americans are exempt from ACA mandatory coverage requirement, which has some health professionals worried they could be left behind. Also, PBS’ new "Genealogy Road Show" takes a proud Texan through an emotional journey showing her family’s strong roots in Texas history.
Fronteras: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will now have a court-appointed monitor watching over his department. We have a two-part series examining how the deportation of family members can impact the mental health of young people. Conservationists in the southwestern border region are busy cleaning trash out of watersheds before winter rains hit. By involving the community, they hope to create allies in the fight for a healthy border environment. And, soon travelers arriving at Tijuana's airport will be able to cross, by bridge, directly into San Diego.
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.
Fronteras: New Mexico accused 15 of it's mental health providers of Medicaid fraud, froze all federal funds to the agencies, and handed management of the companies over to Arizona firms. Some say the transition isn't going so well. We remember an activist who spoke up for the people who find themselves stranded and destitute in Tijuana after being deported from the U.S. Catholic leaders are hoping a nationwide immigration mass will sway Congress on immigration reform. Also, the Navajo Nation is trying to balance resources with feral horse roundups.
In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will celebrate Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.
Dioceses in 22 states are participating. Kevin Appleby is the director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Fronteras: Farmers in South Texas are angry with Mexico, part of a water dispute that’s fueling tensions between the two nations. Dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill, California’s TRUST Act is moving toward passage. A closer look at that train that derailed in Mexico. Also, the influence of Asian immigrants has brought new flavors to Las Vegas tacos.