Fronteras: Tijuana has long been a magnet for migrants from across Mexico, but the city’s rapid growth means urban planning is often a second thought. Bishops along the border collaborate on a call for immigration reform. A quinceañera is an important milestone for many young Latinas, and it's become good business in the U.S. Border fence construction continues in Texas near a historical site. And we look at an experiment designed to re launch destroyed rural border economies on both sides of the Rio Grande.
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.
Centro Savila, an organization that offers counseling and other support services to immigrant families in Albuquerque, is growing, but the organization recently had to start a waiting list for new clients.
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: 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.
Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.
On Fronteras: We visit a Tijuana breakfast hall from which many deported folks try to figure out how to return to the U.S. An estimated 5,000 children of deported parents are wards of the state. When those parents are in Mexico, it can be difficult to convince social workers and judges across the border to reinstate custody. HUD is threatening to take back Navajo housing dollars.
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.
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.
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.
The Fronteras Desk: Some border residents are waiting for the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas; authorities in Tijuana have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains; how one health provider is using telenovelas to educate Latinos about HIV; and finally, the holiday season has many families preparing for tamaladas.