Carlos Gutierrez says his feet were hacked off when he refused to pay criminals a monthly extortion demand. He is cycling in Texas to highlight his appeal for political asylum. He has been granted a work permit pending that appeal.
Fronteras: More Mexicans are trying to escape intimidation and/or violence by petitioning the U.S. for political asylum. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States. Authorities in Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month. The McDonald Observatory in West Texas is now home to the historic Otto Struve telescope.
Texas Matters: Pro-life supporters are pleased with 5th Circuit Court ruling to put HB 2 restrictions into law -- doctors at clinics providing abortions must now have admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles. Also on this show: The Permian Basin is the nation's largest oil production center, Brownsville hopes to make something good from "poorest city" label, and Juárez tries to move beyond its violent past.
5th Circuit Court reverses ruling on admitting privileges
Fronteras: First we look at the link between cartels and the end user, addicts. San Diego as a number one entry point for meth. How trucking companies and law enforcement try to keep up with the evolving business of drug smuggling. A smuggling ring revealed that operated from Arizona to Washington State.
Texas Matters: The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.
Fronteras: Homicides have spiked recently in Tijuana. Texas law enforcement officials say cartel activity is spreading to large cities. We look at how wait times at the border affect bi-national trade. Also on this show: The first of a two part series on the U.S.-born children of deported immigrants and the challenge to reunited them with their parents.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among veterans is much higher than that of their civilian counterparts. The rate fell below 10 percent last year and hovers in the 9 percent range, more than 2 points higher than the national average.
Lack of job training, rough transitions from the military, and stereotypes on the effects of military service plague this population. What will it take to bring these numbers down? What are the real experiences of employers with their veteran employees?
Fronteras: Under the new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, attacks against news agencies appear to have increased. A San Diego interpreter finds himself at the center of a tense international conflict, and it may have cost him his job. We examine how the lengthy drought has started a nasty legal battle over water rights between Texas and New Mexico. Semana Santa (Holy Week) continues and Mexican citizens are traveling to the U.S. in droves, boosting San Antonio's economy.
'Reportero,' a new documentary that examines how journalists at a Tijuana-based news weekly risk their lives to report on Mexico's deadly drug war airs Jan. 7 on PBS. When you think of drones, the military may come to mind at first, but a couple of entrepreneurs want them to become part of everyone's daily life.
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.
Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.
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The agave plant prior to being crushed into a mash which is then fermented and distilled.
Some Mexican citizens hope the PRI's return to power in Mexico will bring stability to the country. A look at how the border city of Tijuana is trying to lure tourists by promoting a growing music scene, while more traditional tourist draws are still alive and kicking. Finally, Mezcal, tequila's cousin, is contributing to reverse migration to Mexico.