Fronteras Desk News

School District In Poor Border Region Gets Technology Rich
Every student in the McAllen Independent School District district is about to get an iPad or iPod Touch that will replace traditional desktop computers. The cost would be about the same as purchasing new computers.
Mar. 1, 2012
Automatic Vehicle Repo Devices May Be Illegal On Navajo Nation
Repossessing a car without a court order or the owner’s consent is legal in most of the country. But on the vast and isolated Navajo Nation, it can be a problem. A recent lawsuit charges that Navajo law makes the practice illegal.
Mar. 1, 2012
SDSU Gets Grant To Study Climate Change, Infectious Disease Links
San Diego State University recently received a grant to study the links between climate change and infectious disease. They’re focusing their research on the Tijuana River Estuary, a major source of pollution in the border region.
Mar. 1, 2012
Asylum Cases From Mexico Doubled Last Year
The number of Mexicans seeking political asylum in the United States has soared. But the number of people who succeed in receiving asylum is very low.
Mar. 1, 2012
Books Are Stored While Tucsons Mexican-American Studies Suspended
After Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal ruled Tucson's Mexican-American Studies Program was illegal, he ordered a "prompt collection" of all instructional materials. Educators and writers oppose what they call a ban.
Feb. 29, 2012
Environmentalists Find Opportunities In Baja Californias Real Estate Bust
The wildlife rich Baja California peninsula has long lured nature-lovers to its pristine coasts. But when real estate boomed in the U.S., it also boomed south of the border, in the form of beach-front high rises and luxury resorts. Now, the funding behind many coastal development projects has dried up, and that’s caused some environmentalists to breath a sigh of relief.
Feb. 29, 2012
Mexico Drug Violence A Boon For Airlines
San Antonio has always been popular with Mexican tourists. But many no longer want to drive popular highways controlled by dangerous drug cartels. So many are flying and airlines are trying to serve the growing demand.
Feb. 28, 2012
Gov. Susana Martinez: A Rising GOP Star In A Democratic State
Martinez's immigrant background appeals to Latino voters in New Mexico- but some are confused about her support of legislation that could hurt immigrants who came to the U.S. for reasons similar to her grandparents. Still, polls show the governor is popular in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 3-1.
Feb. 28, 2012
Remains Could Be Of Women Missing From Ciudad Juárez
Mexican authorities have identified three teenage girls among the remains discovered by police on a mountainside. They had been reported missing within the last three years.
Feb. 27, 2012
Arrests Made In Shooting That Killed 5 In Tijuana
Baja California state police say a 24-year-old woman ordered the Jan. 28 killings at a family party in Tijuana. A 13-year-old boy who was a U.S. citizen was among those slain.
Feb. 27, 2012
Mexican Officials Come North Asking For Drought Aid
Officials from the northern state of Durango are touring U.S. cities to encourage Mexican immigrant associations to raise money, send food donations, and are reaching out to local companies for corporate charity.
Feb. 27, 2012
Stirrings Of Nightlife Return To Ciudad Juárez
Spend a Saturday night in Juárez's nightclub district with well-dressed youngsters; hollering taco vendors; parking attendants with flashlights; and street vendors selling gum and flowers.
Feb. 27, 2012
More Latinos Get College Degrees, But Education Gap Widens
New data shows the education attainment gap between Latinos and other ethnic groups is widening, even though more Latinos are obtaining college degrees.
Feb. 27, 2012
‘La Protectora’ Confronts Scammers Who Prey On Immigrants
Las Vegas activist Helena Garcia has created a unique identity for herself by helping immigrants who fall victim to scam artists. Yet her approach to citizen justice is itself controversial.
Feb. 23, 2012
Radio Essential To Tribes
On the vast Indian reservations in rural America, few have phones and even fewer have broadband access. So American Indians still connect in a very old fashioned way - through radio.
Feb. 23, 2012
Kansas Compact Aims For Constructive Immigration Conversations
A Kansas State Representative has introduced a resolution modeled after the Utah Compact, both of which are aimed at changing the tone of the immigration debate.
Feb. 23, 2012
From One Book to… Fifty
This year's special One Book, One San Diego program, highlighting three books instead of one, can launch you on a reading marathon! And you won't be alone if you sign up for the 50/50 challenge, to read 50 books and watch 50 films in 2012.
Feb. 23, 2012
Coal Industry Under Scrutiny On Tribal Land
Environmentalists filed an appeal challenging Peabody Coal’s mining permit. But Arizona, the Navajo and Hopi tribes stand to lose millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs unless agreements can be reached to keep the Navajo Generating Station & Peabody Coal open.
Feb. 23, 2012
Cap On Immigration Court Cases Puts Many In Limbo
Immigration court judges were ordered to stop granting undocumented immigrants permanent resident status. Congress has set a yearly quota on the number of deportation proceedings that can be stopped. It's the first time the cap was reached this early.
Feb. 23, 2012
Texas Case Returns Issue Of Affirmative Action To Supreme Court
The highest court in the U.S. could overturn decades of law that allows higher education institutions to use race as a factor in admitting students. A decision could come as early as this summer.
Feb. 22, 2012

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