Fronteras Desk News

Judge Ruling on Border Laptop Seizures Creates Different Rules Across the Country
The American Civil Liberties Union is considering an appeal after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit that tried to stop America’s port inspectors from seizing laptops at the nation’s borders without good reason to do so.
Jan. 2, 2014
California Grants Law License To Undocumented Immigrant
The Associated Press is reporting the California Supreme Court has granted a law license to an undocumented immigrant who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.
Jan. 2, 2014
Arizona Border Search Case May Go To The Supreme Court
A Tucson lawyer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide how far the U.S.'s border inspectors can go in searching a person's electronic devices at the border.
Jan. 2, 2014
Tijuana-Ensenada Toll Road Collapse No Surprise
One of the most scenic portions of the coastal highway between Tijuana and Ensenada collapsed on Dec. 28, plunging a cement truck at least 100 feet toward the sea. Geologists had warned the area was unstable for decades.
Jan. 1, 2014
Mexican Retailers Dread Higher Sales Tax
Mexican border cities will be hit with a higher sales tax in the New Year. The change is part of a major tax reform passed earlier this year by Mexico's congress.
Dec. 31, 2013
US Citizen Dies In San Diego Border Patrol Station
A U.S. citizen died at a Border Patrol holding station near San Diego during the Christmas holiday. Local and national authorities are investigating the man’s death.
Dec. 30, 2013
Reservoir Water Levels Rising ... Slowly
It’s been a wet fall in the Southwest — an improvement over the last two years. What does that mean for Colorado River water users?
Dec. 30, 2013
Water Poverty Is A Crisis For Navajo Communities
During the season of giving we hear a lot about the small gifts that can help people in third world countries. Buy a goat, feed family in Nepal. Donate money for tree seedlings, help farmers in India. But a new effort focuses this kind of development help closer to home, in this country, where many Navajo communities still lack running water.
Dec. 30, 2013
Navajo Veteran Housing Insufficient
Many of the 10,000 veterans who live on the Navajo Nation must put up with substandard housing.
Dec. 27, 2013
Sudanese Refugees In San Diego Discuss Violence
In recent weeks, fighting in South Sudan has caused more than 50,000 people to seek protection at United Nations peacekeeping bases there. The violence in this fledgling nation worries south Sudanese living in the U.S. with family still in the country.
Dec. 26, 2013
Valley Fever Season Hits As Drug Price Rises
The most commonly prescribed drug to treat Valley Fever is going through a price increase. Recently, federal health officials have pledged to start clinical trials to test the efficacy of treatment.
Dec. 26, 2013
San Diego Leaders Ask Congress To Fund San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion
San Diego leaders are lobbying Congress to fund the San Ysidro border crossing expansion.
Dec. 25, 2013
Keeping The Christmas Tradition Of Tamale Making Alive
Christmas is about tradition. And for many families across the Southwest a Christmas tradition is making tamales, but this culinary custom has a steep learning curve. At the San Antonio La Gran Tamalada, there are those willing to teach.
Dec. 25, 2013
Paisanos Returning Home Checked Before Leaving US
All along the U.S.-Mexico border, tens of thousands of Mexicans are returning home for Christmas as they do every year. At the crossing that links Presidio, Texas, with Ojinaga, Mexico, in far West Texas, security checks by U.S. agents are taking place before the drivers cross into Mexico.
Dec. 24, 2013
What Part Of Sacred Dont You Understand?
"Part of our slogan has been 'what part of sacred don't you understand?'" said Klee Benally, a Navajo activist who has protested against the practice of pumping treated wastewater several miles up the mountain to make snow.
Dec. 24, 2013
Deportee Camp In Tijuana Plaza Disbands
A tent camp set up by deportees in a Tijuana plaza has been dismantled and many have moved to a shelter east of Tijuana.
Dec. 24, 2013
Santa Gets His Papers
The USDA is promising not to hold up Santa's reindeer when they come through the ports of entry.
Dec. 24, 2013
9 Rules For Making Christmas Tamales
For many, tamales are as big of part of Christmas as eggnog, caroling and fruitcake. And it’s not just the consumption of the corn-husked morsels but the family endeavor to make them.
Dec. 24, 2013
Native American Sacred Places Increasingly Threatened
American Indian religions are uniquely tied to the land. For many there is no separation between spirit and nature. But as industries like mining or tourism push farther and farther into undeveloped areas, they can run into conflicts with tribes, who sometimes see their sacred land as more valuable than economic development.
Dec. 24, 2013
Cultural Mash-Ups Are An American Tradition
Two days before Christmas, the Associated Press introduced its readers to Poncho Claus, the Tex-Mex Santa. It's yet another example of cultural cross-breeding in the United States.
Dec. 23, 2013