Fronteras Desk News

New Mexico Entrepreneurs Find Ways Around States Tough Liquor Laws
One way to get around the state's tough liquor laws is to make your own booze. More and more New Mexicans are taking this route as an alternate entrance into a fast growing industry.
Dec. 23, 2013
Oil Lobby Speaks Out Against Ban On Crude Oil Exports
The oil and gas industry's most influential lobby group has begun a campaign to pressure Congress to repeal a ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The ban was imposed in 1975 to protect the national security interests of the United States following a devastating oil embargo imposed by OPEC.
Dec. 23, 2013
Sheriff Arpaios Office Holds Court-Ordered Meetings
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office held community meetings to explain changes underway at the agency to prevent racial profiling. The meetings, and the reforms, were mandated by a judge after finding the Sheriff's Office discriminated against Latino drivers.
Dec. 23, 2013
Best Of The Border (12/16-12/20)
The week's top stories from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk.
Dec. 21, 2013
Congress Extends Visa Program For Iraqi And Afghan Interpreters
On the eve of its holiday break, Congress has extended a special visa program for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters.
Dec. 20, 2013
Mexicos Cookie-Cutter Suburban Housing Model Not Working
Cookie cutter housing developments for low-income workers are now a feature of many cities throughout Mexico. More than a dozen have been built on the outskirts of Tijuana, but the model isn’t working out as planned.
Dec. 20, 2013
Housing Reflections Of San Diego In Tijuana
A series of photographs show how Southern California suburbs have transformed Tijuana.
Dec. 20, 2013
Body Of Drug Cartel Figure Killed In Puerto Peñasco Disappears
The body of Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant Macho Prieto disappeared after he died in Rocky Point.
Dec. 20, 2013
Texas Border Cities Ink Deal With Feds For Faster Bridges
Texas border trade officials signed a deal Thursday with Customs and Border Protection that will help speed up traffic at their ports of entry. The deal is a public-private partnership that could beef up border business.
Dec. 20, 2013
American Tax Dollars Change Lives In Mexican Border Cities
A little known infusion of American tax dollars has played a part in the fight against organized crime in two Mexican border cities: Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana.
Dec. 20, 2013
After Deadly Shootout, Mexican Beach Town Tries To Boost Image
Following a deadly gun fight in the Mexican resort town of Rocky Point, officials from the state of Sonora are trying to reassure Arizonans the town is still safe for tourists. Authorities say the five people killed were criminals who fired at federal police.
Dec. 19, 2013
Deportations Drop 10 Percent
The Obama Administration reports deportations are down in the last fiscal year because the focus on criminals takes more time.
Dec. 19, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In New Mexico
New Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday gay and lesbian couples can legally marry.
Dec. 19, 2013
Study: Relaxed Deportation More Favorable Than Path To Citizenship
Living and working in the United States with reduced threat of deportation outweighs the desire for a direct path to citizenship for many Latinos and Asian-Americans, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Institute.
Dec. 19, 2013
ACLU Sues Feds Over Cavity Searches at US-Mexico Border
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico are suing the United States Customs and Border Protection over cavity searches to a U.S. citizen.
Dec. 19, 2013
Texas Adds Mega Solar Farm
Solar energy usage has been increasing exponentially in the Southwest with 4,300 megawatts connected to energy grids from California to Texas. A new solar farm outside of San Antonio is being touted as the largest in the state. The Alamo I solar farm is now up and in operation providing electricity to south central Texas.
Dec. 19, 2013
Human Rights Group Praises Good Relationship With US Border Patrol
An El Paso-based human rights organization reports the relationship between local communities and the U.S. Border Patrol is vastly improving. But across state lines, in New Mexico, there are reports of sheriff's deputies improperly asking about immigration status.
Dec. 19, 2013
Second Texas Border County In A Month Rejects Drone Testing
For the second time in a month, FAA plans to launch and test drones in West Texas as part of a Congressional mandate to introduce drones into the U.S. commercial airspace has been rebuffed.
Dec. 19, 2013
Forbes Releases List Of 10 Most Corrupt Mexicans In 2013
Forbes Magazine has profiles of what it calls the 10 most corrupt Mexicans this year.
Dec. 19, 2013
Five Killed In Puerto Peñasco Tourist Zone Gun Battle
Five people were shot dead in a gunfight in the Sonora beach resort of Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, early Wednesday.
Dec. 18, 2013