Fronteras Desk News

Thirty reporters have been killed in Mexico’s drug war during the last four years. This week, three media summits in San Diego address press freedom and safety south of the border. Though the crisis has received more attention lately, little has improved in Mexico.
Apr. 6, 2011
It's dawn in the desert, the brilliant white walls of the mission just beginning to glow from the sun's first rays. The air is still and heavy with the pungent must of boiling cactus and smoking wood.
Apr. 5, 2011
A year ago, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the region from Mexicali as far north as Los Angeles. Around the epicenter, in the Mexcali Valley, about 30 miles south of the border, the quake left 25,000 homeless and ruptured lives. People are slowly putting things back together.
Apr. 4, 2011
Federal law enforcement regularly arrests people for smuggling weapons across the border into Mexico. But it's not everyday that they detain a mayor, a town trustee and a police chief as suspected gun traffickers.
Apr. 1, 2011
Mexico's attorney general resigned his post Thursday after 18 months on the job, and President Felipe Calderon named the country's first female attorney general in his place.
Apr. 1, 2011
Visitors from industrialized countries are allowed to stay three months--and often significantly longer--in the U.S. under the Visa Waiver program. But San Diego officials are changing the custom.
Mar. 31, 2011
Living in rural America in the company of mostly seniors can present some pretty unique challenges.
Mar. 31, 2011
Two officers from the department’s Professional Standards Bureau Inspections Unit explained to the five-member Kidnapping Statistics Review Panel that poor classification is at the root of the statistical discrepancies.
Mar. 31, 2011
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say cross-border trade and border security go hand-in-hand. In an effort to improve cargo security, the agency is pairing with public and private industry, around the country and around the world.
Mar. 30, 2011
As Arizona continues to battle with the federal government over immigration policy, some cities are stepping up to make a statement of their own.
Mar. 29, 2011
In late 2005, the housing market exploded. Developers arrived in Maricopa in droves. Homes and shopping centers sprouted up on farms and fields everywhere. Demand was so high, developers had to create lottery drawings for potential buyers. The city’s population exploded and grew by more than 4,000 percent by 2010.
Mar. 29, 2011
Clifton sits at the base of the largest copper mine in the country. In 1910, it had nearly 5,000 people. Since then, the numbers have gone up a little, then down a bit, based on the price of copper and the needs of the mine.
Mar. 29, 2011
The number of ramshackle neighborhoods along the border called "colonias" grew, but many were not counted in the census.
Mar. 29, 2011
The 2010 Census confirms just how dismal the housing market is in much of the Southwestern United States. In Southern California, the numbers show people flocked inland. That sparked building fever. But many of these dream homes have become a nightmare, like in the City of Brawley in Imperial County, located 150 miles east of San Diego.
Mar. 28, 2011
In conjunction with San Diego State University, the new program is designed to help improve justice south of the border.
Mar. 25, 2011
Senator John McCain and Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake were once key authors of a guestworker program for illegal immigrants. They say that's come to an end.
Mar. 25, 2011
A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center says Hispanics accounted for more than half of the nation's population growth in the last decade.
Mar. 24, 2011
The San Ysidro port of entry is a constant sea of U.S.-bound vehicles and travelers—a complicated daily operation requiring an army of customs agents.
Mar. 24, 2011
The accused were trying to buy the military weaponry for the Sinaloa Cartel. Court documents show they used pounds of crystal meth for a down payment on the weapons.
Mar. 23, 2011
The Border Patrol in San Diego detained two U.S. citizens and 13 undocumented immigrants all wearing U.S. Marine uniforms and riding in a white van with altered U.S.-government license plates.
Mar. 22, 2011

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