Fronteras Desk News

El Centro Continues To Struggle With High Unemployment
El Centro has the unfortunate reputation for having the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. -- and it's been that way for a long time.
Nov. 29, 2010
Homeland Security May Dismantle its Virtual Fence Program
The federal government's electronic border fence has been plagued with problems from the beginning. Now, the program is nearly in tatters, and some security experts believe last week's short renewal of the fence contract is the government buying itself time before backing out of the ambitious project.
Nov. 28, 2010
Growing Confusion About Secure Communities
"Secure Communities" is an immigration enforcement program which runs fingerprints obtained by local police through a national database. But across the country, questions about it remain.
Nov. 26, 2010
El Paso, San Diego Among Safest Cities
Despite its proximity to deadly Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Texas city of El Paso has been ranked as the safest U.S. city among those with populations of 500,000 or greater.
Nov. 22, 2010
Agents Lawyer Says Gutshot Victim had Threatened Agent
The lawyer for a federal agent who shot a Mexican national last Tuesday says the victim had threatened him with a rock.
Nov. 19, 2010
Tijuanas Leyzaola Dilemma
The days of one of Tijuana’s top crime fighters may be numbered. Though Tijuana’s Police Chief has survived assassination plots, he may fall victim to Mexican politics. A collaboration between KPBS and Tijuanapress.com.
Nov. 19, 2010
Angeles Continue Search For Missing Mans Remains
The group he was with – at least twenty migrants and two smugglers, known as "coyotes" – reportedly left him there.
Nov. 19, 2010
Agents Lawyer Says Gunshot Victim Had Threatened Agent
Witnesses told investigators the agent shot the man while he was down on the ground. The agent's lawyer denied the claim.
Nov. 19, 2010
State Department Now Requires Armored Cars Along Mexican Border
The U.S. State Department has ordered its consular employees to use only armored cars when driving in the Mexican state of Sonora.
Nov. 18, 2010
Yumas Unemployment Woes
At 27 percent, Yuma County's unemployment rate is the second worst in the country, just behind neighboring Imperial County, California.
Nov. 18, 2010
Report Reveals Program To Stem Flow Of Illegal Guns Into Mexico Ineffective
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, established Project Gunrunner in 2006 to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the U.S. to Mexico. But a recent review reveals significant weaknesses with the program.
Nov. 18, 2010
Details Sketchy in Federal Agents Shooting of Illegal Migrant
A federal agent on horse patrol in a remote area near the Nogales border Tuesday morning, shot a Mexican national in the abdomen. The Border Patrol has given no information saying that the case is under investigation by the FBI.
Nov. 17, 2010
Arizona Pulls Produce Inspectors Out of Mexico
Citing concerns of violence in Mexico, the state of Arizona has ordered its fruit and vegetable inspectors not to cross the border to check the goods coming into the state. The produce industry says the mandate leaves them unprepared to deal with the resulting backup.
Nov. 12, 2010
El Centro Tries to Explain High Unemployment Rate
In Imperial County's El Centro, high unemployment has long been a concern. But city officials say the shocking unemployment rate is misleading.
Nov. 12, 2010
Study Shows Immigration Judges Reject More ICE Deportation Claims
A new study says Immigration and Customs Enforcement wastes resources by targeting the wrong people for deportation.
Nov. 12, 2010
Colleges Boosting Latino Enrollment Could See More Federal Funding
American colleges have grown more racially diverse in recent years, but minority students, especially Latinos, still lag behind in academic success. A look into Hispanic Serving Institutions and whether they're making higher education more accessible.
Nov. 10, 2010
Immigration Least of Farmers Worries
An estimated 80,000 farms in California and many more along the border rely on undocumented workers to keep labor costs down. But for many farm owners, the nation's current debate over immigration is the least of their concerns.
Nov. 8, 2010
Foreign-Born Gain More Jobs During Slow Recovery
The most recent employment data show that 151,000 jobs were added in the U.S. in October. But immigrant workers are having an easier time landing jobs than native-born Americans.
Nov. 6, 2010
Smugglers Transported Marijuana Through Tunnel On Motorized Cart
The Mexican army allowed reporters into the drug smuggling tunnel Thursday afternoon that connects a Tijuana warehouse with one in San Diego. The smugglers used a motorized cart to transport the drugs to San Diego. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson got a ride.
Nov. 5, 2010
US And Mexican Authorities Find Tunnel, Seize 30 Tons Of Marijuana
U.S. and Mexican authorities have found a drug smuggling tunnel that runs from Tijuana to San Diego. It isn’t the most sophisticated or the longest tunnel discovered, but is significant for the amount of marijuana authorities seized.
Nov. 4, 2010

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