Immigration

Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Immigration Reform Leaders Tackle Border Security

Veterans for Peace demonstrate against using drones for domestic surveillance August 2012.
Fronteras

Fronteras: Before any immigration reform can happen, Homeland Security needs to prove the border is secure. Some border residents say that's just a numbers game. We also take a critical look at border drones and how proposed immigration reform is giving new hope for family reunions in Mexico. Also,the professional sports teams in Phoenix are trying to cultivate new fans across the border.

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Immigration Reform
4:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Castro Predicts Immigration Reform Will Pass This Summer

Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro (right), here on the Charlie Rose Show, have become leading voices for immigration reform.
Charlie Rose Show

The so-called Gang-of-Eight are still working to hammer out an immigration reform bill, despite criticism from conservatives who call it a "bad bill."

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is looking forward to seeing a comprehensive immigration package this year. He said he believes the bi-partisan group will be able to meet the standards that constituents expect.

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Fronteras Desk
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Stories Of Families Separated By Deportation

An American boy walks down a street in Guanajuato, Mexico with his father, a deported Mexican national.
Erin Siegal McIntyre

As Congress debates future guest worker programs, unresolved issues remain with both current and past guest workers. Also on the show: A multi-part series on deportation. We look at the children left behind when parents are deported and what happens to the kids deported by the United States.

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Fronteras Desk
1:16 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

New Mexico Debating Whether To Accept Washington's Nuclear Waste

A handmade card shows opposition to nuclear waste traveling along New Mexico highways to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.
Elaine Baumgartel KUNM

Fronteras: For several decades mules have delivered mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but now the company that runs the mule train plans to stop the package service. Plans to ship nuclear waste from leaky tanks in the state of Washington to New Mexico are stirring up an old debate about the storage of toxic waste. Also, filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño tells us about his latest work, which  is fueled by his earliest memories of being horrified by religious images.

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Immigration Reform
10:48 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Border Security Bill Calls For Increased Effort From Homeland Security

Border security is a vital part of immigration reform for both sides to reach an agreement.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Sen. John Cornyn and Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, have introduced a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a national strategy  plan to secure the border.

The Border Security Results Act of 2013 would require Homeland Security to develop and implement such a plan within 180 days of its passage and report periodically to congress.

McCaul cited points of entry near Tucson and San Diego as secure crossings, but said the entire border needs the same reinforcement.

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The Source - April 10, 2013
6:41 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Source: Water, Immigration, And Politics

Char Miller's new book "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest."

In the first segment:

Author and former professor of urban studies at Trinity University Char Miller talks about his newest book "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest."

The noted essayist compiles many of his pieces into this collection to discuss the top issues affecting his former home. Miller is now the W.M. Keck professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College

Miller will be attending the Texas Book Festival this weekend downtown.

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Texas Business
2:20 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Marchers at the state capitol building in Austin, Texas, in February protest working conditions in the state's construction sector.
Jason Cato Courtesy of Workers Defense Project

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 12:12 pm

Like almost everything in the Texas, the construction industry in the Lone Star State is big. One in every 13 workers here is employed in the state's $54 billion-per-year construction industry.

Homebuilding and commercial construction may be an economic driver for the state, but it's also an industry riddled with hazards. Years of illegal immigration have pushed wages down, and accidents and wage fraud are common. Of the nearly 1 million workers laboring in construction here, approximately half are undocumented.

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Fronteras Desk
12:44 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Cities Across Southwest Courting Drone Companies

A coalition of local defense industry advocates hope to brand San Diego as the drone capital of the world.
U.S. Marines

On Fronteras: San Diego is in the forefront of a competition to attract big players in the drone industry. New classes in San Diego focus on students struggling to master English. A small population of Muslims have made Tijuana their home. Even though many border crossings are illegal, they play a big role in family identity and history.

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Movies
2:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"The Girl" Hopes To Change Border Myths

Ashley (Abbie Cornish) and Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez).
Courtesy Photo

In 1998, writer/director David Riker explored New York City’s Latin American immigrant population through the anthology film “La Ciudad,” a film striking for its documentary-like feel. Although he planned to follow up that film with another narrative feature about the US-Mexico border, the wealth of information and research he came across led him to change some of the preconceived notions he had about la frontera

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Border & Immigration
1:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lamar Smith Has His Own Litmus Test For Immigration Reform

Rep. Lamar Smith could be a deciding vote if immigration reform is to pass.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As different political voices in Washington D.C. lay out their views for what immigration reform should look like, San Antonio Congressman Lamar Smith described his litmus test for viable immigration reform. 

Smith is seen an influential vote needed for immigration reform to pass the House and said there are three elements that must be included in any proposal.

"First of all we need to secure both our border and our interior," he said.

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