Fronteras Desk News

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The week's top stories from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk.
Mar. 16, 2013
New Mexico Microbreweries Could Benefit From Tax Bill
In New Mexico, more beer might mean a better economy. That's the thinking of some state lawmakers who are pushing for a tax break for local brewers.
Mar. 14, 2013
Native American Artisans Add Touch Of Culture To New Mexico Capitol
At New Mexico's state capitol in Santa Fe, the chaotic process of lawmaking is sometimes interrupted by the scent of Native American fry bread. It's one of few, if not the only, state capitol to allow area artists and food vendors to sell their goods throughout the building.
Mar. 14, 2013
ICE Reveals Detainee Release Numbers
The top official for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said his agency released more than 2,000 immigrants from detention in recent weeks because of budget constraints. The figure was higher than ICE had originally reported at the start of the controversy.
Mar. 14, 2013
Election Of Pope Francis Draws Excitement And Praise In Southern California
The election of Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio as the first pope from Latin America drew excitement and praise in Southern California
Mar. 14, 2013
Monarch Butterfly Migration Symbolic Of Cross Border Relationship
The number of monarch butterflies completing their famous migration to central Mexico is dramatically shrinking. Can the U.S. and Mexico work together to change it?
Mar. 14, 2013
Companies Search For Ways To Mine Uranium Outside Grand Canyon National Park
Northern Arizona has four times more uranium than any other deposit in the United States. But as of 2012, new uranium mining claims are banned on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The uranium riches still have mining companies looking for a way in.
Mar. 14, 2013
Lawsuits Allege Abuses By Immigration Authorities
On Wednesday immigrant advocacy groups announced a slew of lawsuits alleging abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
Mar. 13, 2013
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio From Argentina Named New Pope
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been named the new Pope by the Catholic church.
Mar. 13, 2013
New Mexico House Proposal On Arizona Banned Books Sparks Debate
A New Mexico House resolution aimed at uniting representatives around the state’s diverse school curriculum may have backfired.
Mar. 13, 2013
San Diego Leaders Tackle Immigration Reform
As Congress and the White House continue to work on a comprehensive immigration-reform package, a coalition of San Diego leaders today are launching a joint local campaign.
Mar. 13, 2013
Border Vendors, But No Border Buyers
The border security expo is meant to showcase the latest technologies for sale to border agencies. But one huge element was missing: federal buyers.
Mar. 12, 2013
Lobbying Dollars Fly In Immigration Reform Debate
Companies and organizations with a stake in immigration reform are making their case to legislators in Washington by way of their pocketbooks.
Mar. 12, 2013
George P. Bush Cites Former First Lady As Inspiration To Run For Land Commissioner
For months, there has been speculation surrounding what office George P. Bush — the Latino nephew of one U.S. President and grandson of another — would go after. On Tuesday, he announced his run for Texas land commissioner.
Mar. 12, 2013
Cat From Germany Turns Up In Las Cruces
Las Cruces authorities have found a female Persian Seal Point cat, with a microchip tracing her back to Germany.
Mar. 12, 2013
Major Mexican Newspaper To Stop Publishing Cartel News
Zócalo, a publication out of the Coahuila capitol, Saltillo, wrote a front-page editorial on their site Monday explaining it would no longer publish information concerning drug cartel violence.
Mar. 12, 2013
Diversifying The Lifeguard Applicant Pool
Swimming pool season is around the corner, which means young people are training to be summer lifeguards. In Phoenix, there's an effort underway to hire teens from more diverse backgrounds for the job.
Mar. 12, 2013
Court Limits Border Agents Ability To Search Personal Computers
A federal court has ruled that border agents can only go so far when it comes to searching border crossers' digital devices without reasonable suspicion of a crime.
Mar. 11, 2013
Could Immigrants Visit Home Countries Under Gang Of Eights Path To Citizenship?
As a pathway to citizenship is forged by the Senate's Gang of Eight, questions remain unanswered.
Mar. 11, 2013
Despite Warnings, Border Waits Not Longer Than Usual
Under sequestration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is slated to have $500 million slashed from its budget. Border authorities warn this is already making for longer waits. But their warnings don’t seem to pan out.
Mar. 10, 2013