Fronteras Desk News

Evangelical pastors along the U.S.-Mexico border are increasingly building their Latino church services. They're focusing on youth ministry, women in the church and popular culture, and rapidly reinventing a traditionally Catholic community.
Nov. 29, 2010
El Centro has the unfortunate reputation for having the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. -- and it's been that way for a long time.
Nov. 29, 2010
The federal government's electronic border fence has been plagued with problems from the beginning. Now, the program is nearly in tatters, and some security experts believe last week's short renewal of the fence contract is the government buying itself time before backing out of the ambitious project.
Nov. 28, 2010
"Secure Communities" is an immigration enforcement program which runs fingerprints obtained by local police through a national database. But across the country, questions about it remain.
Nov. 26, 2010
Despite its proximity to deadly Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Texas city of El Paso has been ranked as the safest U.S. city among those with populations of 500,000 or greater.
Nov. 22, 2010
The lawyer for a federal agent who shot a Mexican national last Tuesday says the victim had threatened him with a rock.
Nov. 19, 2010
The days of one of Tijuana’s top crime fighters may be numbered. Though Tijuana’s Police Chief has survived assassination plots, he may fall victim to Mexican politics. A collaboration between KPBS and Tijuanapress.com.
Nov. 19, 2010
The group he was with – at least twenty migrants and two smugglers, known as "coyotes" – reportedly left him there.
Nov. 19, 2010
Witnesses told investigators the agent shot the man while he was down on the ground. The agent's lawyer denied the claim.
Nov. 19, 2010
The U.S. State Department has ordered its consular employees to use only armored cars when driving in the Mexican state of Sonora.
Nov. 18, 2010
At 27 percent, Yuma County's unemployment rate is the second worst in the country, just behind neighboring Imperial County, California.
Nov. 18, 2010
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, established Project Gunrunner in 2006 to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the U.S. to Mexico. But a recent review reveals significant weaknesses with the program.
Nov. 18, 2010
A federal agent on horse patrol in a remote area near the Nogales border Tuesday morning, shot a Mexican national in the abdomen. The Border Patrol has given no information saying that the case is under investigation by the FBI.
Nov. 17, 2010
Citing concerns of violence in Mexico, the state of Arizona has ordered its fruit and vegetable inspectors not to cross the border to check the goods coming into the state. The produce industry says the mandate leaves them unprepared to deal with the resulting backup.
Nov. 12, 2010
In Imperial County's El Centro, high unemployment has long been a concern. But city officials say the shocking unemployment rate is misleading.
Nov. 12, 2010
A new study says Immigration and Customs Enforcement wastes resources by targeting the wrong people for deportation.
Nov. 12, 2010
American colleges have grown more racially diverse in recent years, but minority students, especially Latinos, still lag behind in academic success. A look into Hispanic Serving Institutions and whether they're making higher education more accessible.
Nov. 10, 2010
An estimated 80,000 farms in California and many more along the border rely on undocumented workers to keep labor costs down. But for many farm owners, the nation's current debate over immigration is the least of their concerns.
Nov. 8, 2010
The most recent employment data show that 151,000 jobs were added in the U.S. in October. But immigrant workers are having an easier time landing jobs than native-born Americans.
Nov. 6, 2010
The Mexican army allowed reporters into the drug smuggling tunnel Thursday afternoon that connects a Tijuana warehouse with one in San Diego. The smugglers used a motorized cart to transport the drugs to San Diego. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson got a ride.
Nov. 5, 2010

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