Fronteras Desk News

Severe Drought Hurts Farmers In New Mexico And Texas
A higher than average runoff from the Rocky mountains to the Colorado River this spring will make water more plentiful than usual in states like Nevada, California and parts of Arizona. But the Rio Grande River is getting almost nothing from the melting snow.
Apr. 27, 2011
Truck Driver Gets 21-Year Sentence For Drug Smuggling
A truck driver was sentenced today in San Diego for helping distribute more than 19,000 pounds of marijuana smuggled from Mexico.
Apr. 25, 2011
Mexican Health Care Workers Retrain For U.S. Jobs
Thousands of immigrants and refugees settling in Southern California are medical professionals like doctors, dentists and nurses. Many are working on getting credentials to practice the healing arts in the U.S.
Apr. 25, 2011
Management Of Grand Canyon Skywalk On Shaky Ground
There are accusations of breach of contract and transgressions on both sides. But both sides can agree that the Skywalk is drawing tourists.
Apr. 22, 2011
State Dept. Issues Wide Travel Warning for Mexico
For the fifth straight year, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for Americans going to Mexico. But this warning is more strongly worded and suggests that in some parts of Mexico, Americans are being targeted.
Apr. 22, 2011
GAO Says Lack Of License Plate Readers Scuttles Southbound Smuggling Crackdown
A recent report by a government watchdog reveals a hole in border security. The report says most southbound border lanes headed into Mexico lack license plate readers.
Apr. 22, 2011
Feds Arrest Owners Of 15 Restaurants On Immigration, Tax Crimes
Federal agents arrested the father-son owners of a popular string of restaurants in Arizona and California, Wednesday morning. They are accused of hiring illegal immigrants and paying them under the table.
Apr. 21, 2011
Arpaio Plans To Scrap Aerial Immigration Enforcement Effort
After three weeks of patrolling county lines by aircraft, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he plans to scrap Operation Desert Sky in which volunteers have boarded their own airplanes to look for drugs and smugglers crossing the Maricopa County Border.
Apr. 21, 2011
Wikileaks Cables Show U.S. Had Little Idea How Many Weapons Were Being Trafficked into Mexico
The Mexican government began battling the drug cartels in that country five years ago. According to recently released Wikileaks cables, the Mexican government was denying access to U.S. law enforcement agencies to the weapons seized in Mexico.
Apr. 21, 2011
Citizens Redistricting Coming To San Diego
As the Southwestern region grapples with the results of the 2010 Census count, California is trying a new approach to political redistricting.
Apr. 21, 2011
Drug Violence Strains Blood Supply At Mexican Hospitals
Blood is in high demand in Mexican hospitals these days. The terrible drug violence plaguing the country has created an increase in patients with life threatening injuries, like gunshot wounds.
Apr. 19, 2011
Sonoran Schools Face A Familiar American Problem
After Arizona signed its controversial immigration bill last summer, the Mexican border state Sonora saw a surge of enrollment in their schools. Kids born or raised in the U.S. were coming back to Mexico and many did not read, write, or even speak Spanish. Now Sonoran schools are faced with a problem all too familiar to many American school districts -- the task of educating students who don't speak the language and don't know the culture.
Apr. 18, 2011
Families Hope Mass Graves In Mexico Yield Clues About Relatives
Mexican authorities continue to find bodies in mass graves near the town of San Fernando. The Mexican community lies about 90 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. The grim task of identifying the more than 140 bodies is under way.
Apr. 15, 2011

Apr. 15, 2011
Advocates & Opponents Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Criticize Obama
After two years of the Obama presidency, advocates and opponents of comprehensive immigration reform are criticizing the President's emphasis on deportation and border security.
Apr. 15, 2011
State Departments Travel Warning Quietly Disappears
Last Friday, the United States issued a travel warning for parts of Mexico, saying American citizens and law enforcement were at risk. Now, that warning has been dropped.
Apr. 14, 2011
Child Care Jobs Good Option For Refugee Women
There are more than 30,000 refugee families in San Diego County. Finding jobs for this population isn't easy, but some refugee women are finding opportunities by staying at home, with kids.
Apr. 14, 2011
Sensing Change: Census Shows A Declining Navajo Nation
The census takes a separate count for Native Americans. The 2010 report, released earlier this year, shows a steady growth of this population across the southwest over the past 10 years.
Apr. 13, 2011
Mexican Opera Composer Remembered As Groundbreaker In San Diego
When Daniel Catán's opera premiered in San Diego in 1994, it was the first by a Mexican composer in the United States.
Apr. 13, 2011
Trapped On A Terror-Watch List
Terror watch lists used at the border, or at airports, have proliferated since the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. Sometimes people without criminal backgrounds end up on these lists; for some, it's not easy to get off of them.
Apr. 8, 2011