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.
Fronteras: The energy boom in Texas and New Mexico is inadvertently compromising the jet-black night skies that astronomers need to do their research. After several decades in the doldrums, the Mexican film industry is seeing some light on the horizon. There’s been a rise of federal immigration crimes -- we speak to an expert from Pew Research about what’s driving that growth. Farmers and ranchers from across the nation are calling for action on immigration reform and the Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.
A civil rights group in Austin says an incident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who raped three undocumented women near Mission is not unusual.
The case involves three women who were allegedly entering the country illegally when they were stopped by a U.S. Border Patrol agent just west of the town of Mission. The three women were then held against their will and raped -- the agent then attempted to kill them. Being faced with a full investigation, the agent later took his own life.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the City of Farmers Branch regarding an ordinance that would have made it illegal to rent or provide housing to immigrants in the country without documentation.
Since its passage, civil rights group like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken issue with the ordinance, which was designed to keep undocumented immigrants from renting apartments and homes in the Dallas suburb.
MALDEF’s Nina Perales was one of the lead attorneys fighting the ordinance and said it damaged the city from inside-out.
Fronteras: Some Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies in Arizona have agreed to go through a round of cultural training to help curb tensions with indigenous and Latino residents. Some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing a new ad by Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who is gay. Authorities are seeing a huge increase in Central American asylum-seekers at the nation's borders. Also, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about the surge in immigrants from Central America.
Texas State University has launched a new program to help the children of Central Texas janitors and custodial workers go to college. The outreach effort seeks to empower parents with knowledge of childhood milestones that prepare young students for college.
The university’s P-16 initiative targets low-income families in Central Texas to educate children from pre-K through four years of college.
News of state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, knowingly employing a person who was in the country illegally in the 1980s has caused more sparks to fly in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the candidate that exposed Patrick’s employment practices, is promising more to come.
Houston resident Miguel Andrade recently came forward saying that while working for one of Patrick’s sports bars in the mid-1980s, he was in the country illegally and Patrick had knowledge of this. Patterson confirmed this fact with a letter written by Patrick.