war on drugs

Law
1:54 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

State Lawmakers Tasked With Finding A Way To Drug Test Unemployed

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A Texas senate committee has been tasked with finding a legal loophole so that the state can drug-test people receiving unemployment. Committee members have been told to find a way the state can bypass the adoption of federal regulations.

Senate Bill 21 was passed during the 2013 legislative session set to take effect at the beginning of 2014. But the U.S. Department of Labor still hasn’t approved a new set of rules regarding unemployment drug-testing. 

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The Source - April 30, 2014
11:36 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Source: Federal Clemency Program Could Free Thousands Of Drug Offenders

Possibly thousands of federal prisoners could be released as a result of the proposed clemency.
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that President Obama wanted to consider additional clemency applications based on a new set of factors that would allow for more just outcomes for nonviolent drug offenders.

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Fronteras
2:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs

A Mennonite father and son at work in a field near Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
Credit Lorne Matalon

Fronteras: Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case involving a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico. We take you into the fields of New Mexico where workers are cleaning out an ancient irrigation system. These hand-dug ditches may help retain precious river water in times of drought. Further south, drought is forcing a Mexican city to ration water -- and it's only spring.

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Border Security
9:27 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Leaders At DPS And Texas National Guard Say Border Crime Is Getting Worse

 A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.

Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, about their operations along the border. 

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Parallels
3:31 am
Thu March 20, 2014

At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South

Many drug cartel members die young, and when they do, their families often spend lavishly to construct mausoleums that look like small condos.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:07 am

The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.

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Fronteras Desk
1:55 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office

Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio briefly gathered in the lobby of the sheriff's office in early January in protest of his record.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: Long-awaited rail connection linking large Mexican ports in Sinaloa and Michoacan to Texas will break ground in 2015. Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is under a court order to prevent racial profiling. By some measures, Mexico might have some of the fastest Internet speeds in Latin America, but for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow.

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Fronteras Desk
11:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse

A example of a Naloxone rescue kit given out by the Department of Health.
Tristan Ahtone Fronteras

Fronteras: What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.

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Criminal Justice
9:43 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes

Rather than locking people up for non-violent drug offenses, the latest poll shows Texans favor rehab, which experts say also saves money.
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A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.  

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Border & Immigration
5:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.

About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.

Shawn Moran is the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council and said the border patrol is already a step behind smuggling organizations.

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The Source - Septemnber 25, 2013
2:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Addiction has an economic impact of $559 billion per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in Bexar County it is $1.7 billion.

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