Fronteras Desk News

JFKs Fateful Last Night And The Latino Vote
As the nation remembers the last tragic day of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, many Latino voters of that era reflect on what the 35th president meant to their emerging political bloc.
Nov. 20, 2013
Hackathon For Immigration Reform Begins In Silicon Valley
Twenty tech-savvy DREAMers, along with some of the country's tech leaders, are coding for 24 hours to come up with tools that can help advocate for immigration reform.
Nov. 20, 2013
Albuquerque Voters Reject 20 Week Abortion Ban
Voters in Albuquerque have rejected a ban on late term abortions. Unofficial results from the city clerk's office show that about 55 percent of voters cast ballots against the controversial measure yesterday.
Nov. 20, 2013
Texas City Rejects Drone Testing
The FAA says it needs six sites for drone testing. It's currently selecting those sites from 24 applicant states, among them Arizona, California, California, Nevada and Texas. But the city of Alpine, Texas, has rejected the idea based on privacy concerns.
Nov. 20, 2013
New Immigration Hope For Military Dependents, But Enlistment Hurdles Remain
Now immigrants in the country illegally with close family ties to military personnel can stay here without fear of deportation and work toward permanent legal status. But this new policy appears in conflict with an increasingly common practice in many branches of the military that explicitly bans applicants who have unauthorized immigrant dependents.
Nov. 20, 2013
New Mexico Governor Proposes Spending Big On Water Projects
New Mexico, like much of the Southwest, is looking for new and cost-effective ways to quench its thirst amid a years-long drought that has depleted its reservoirs to historic lows.
Nov. 20, 2013
Vaccinations Survey Reveals Personal Reasons For Exemptions
Most parents asking for an exemption to mandatory vaccinations in New Mexico schools were anglo, according to a survey done by the state Department of Health.
Nov. 19, 2013
Judge To Hear Behavioral Health Audit Lawsuits This Week
The audit that led the administration of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to freeze Medicaid funding for more than a dozen behavioral health non-profits in New Mexico is at the center of a hearing Tuesday in Santa Fe.
Nov. 19, 2013
Smoking Rates During Pregnancy Highest Among Native Americans
Native Americans have the highest rates of smoking before, during and after pregnancy than any other ethnic group in the nation. That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
Nov. 19, 2013
Mock Immigration Sting At UT Austin Canceled
News spread quickly Monday about a mock immigration sting being organized by a conservative student group at the University of Texas at Austin.
Nov. 19, 2013
The Cost Of Tradition: Holding On To Quinceañeras In The US
‪Waves of Latino immigrants have introduced the quinceañera or "Sweet 15" into the American mainstream. It's often a glitzy affair with rituals to mark a girls transition into womanhood. As the Latino population in Las Vegas has grown over the past decade, so has the business of quinceañeras. Families empty their pockets to throw a party, sometimes bigger than a wedding, for their little girls.
Nov. 19, 2013
Juárez Authorities Investigating Murder of Eight Relatives
Authorities in the Mexican border city of Juárez insist a high profile crime that occurred over the weekend is not tied to organized crime. But the murder of eight people Sunday has the potential to raise concerns about whether Juárez is truly getting safer.
Nov. 19, 2013
An Experiment On The Border
An experiment designed to relaunch destroyed rural border economies an both sides of the Rio Grande appears to be successful.
Nov. 18, 2013
Border Cells Known As The Freezers
Temperatures in some detention cells from Texas to Arizona are so low that migrants say it’s a form of punishment to keep them from crossing again.
Nov. 18, 2013
Familys Lawsuit In Slain Border Patrol Agent Case Dismissed
A lawsuit filed by the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been dismissed by a judge in Phoenix.
Nov. 18, 2013
DACA Serves As Pilot For Immigration Reform
Immigration advocates say lawmakers could learn some lessons from the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA). They say broader immigration reform should include better information and a more streamlined application process.
Nov. 18, 2013
Mexico Fails To Solve Missing Persons Cases
Mexico’s human rights commission has failed to resolve cases of more than 20,000 people reported missing since 2005 according to a news magazine. The commission doesn’t have much information on these cases at all.
Nov. 18, 2013
NAD Bank Announces First Cross Border Wind Project
Two bi-national groups have proposed building a wind farm project that spans Mexico and the United States.
Nov. 18, 2013
Best Of The Border (11/11-11/15)
The week's top stories from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk.
Nov. 16, 2013
Latin America Remittances Up
The U.S. is the largest source of remittances to Latin America. The recession greatly slowed money being sent to home countries by migrants. But the Pew Hispanic Trends Project has found that rates in most Latin American countries have bounced back, except in Mexico.
Nov. 15, 2013