Fronteras Desk News

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
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
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
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
Border Tunnel Discovered
United States and Mexican authorities have discovered a drug-smuggling tunnel and 20 tons of marijuana at a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California.
Nov. 3, 2010
Clashes Over Police Checkpoints And Deportations Increasing In Escondido
Over the weekend, federal immigration agents working with local police in Escondido arrested two undocumented immigrants with past criminal convictions. The driver's license checkpoints and deportations--and the protests against them--are escalating in the community.
Nov. 1, 2010
Controversial Mailer In Escondido Makes Immigration A Local Issue
The mayoral race in the city of Escondido is shaping up to be as much about undocumented immigration as about other local issues. This is not a new phenomenon for the North County city.
Oct. 25, 2010
Record 105 Ton Marijuana Seizure In Tijuana
Tijuana police seized a record 105 tons of marijuana they say was headed for sale in the United States. It’s one of the biggest pot busts in all of Mexico in recent years.
Oct. 18, 2010
The Numbers Tell the Story Says Napolitano About Increased Border Security
The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday. The tour was part of the Obama Administration's effort to be seen as tough on border security.
Oct. 18, 2010
Study Reveals Crime in California Drops As Immigration Increases
In the last two decades, California's immigrant population has seen its fastest growth ever. A new study is linking this demographic trend with a drastic a drop in crime rates.
Oct. 18, 2010
When It Comes To Latinos, Election Is Both About Youth And Tradition
With midterm elections less than two weeks away, efforts to get the coveted Latino vote are ramping up. Democrats are hoping for a loyal turnout, while Republicans are appealing to the disenchanted.
Oct. 15, 2010
Prop. 19 Wont Immediately Calm Cartel Violence, If At All
Supporters of Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana in California say Mexico's drug war has failed and its time for a new approach. Even so, they say Prop 19 is not a quick solution.
Oct. 14, 2010
Pa Bailar Tijuana Tries to Get People Dancing Across the Border
Pa' Bailar Tijuana is trying to get people to dance on the streets on October 21st. On the U.S. side of the public performance, people will be gathering at the Plaza Las Americas Outlet Mall at 6:00 pm. The idea is to celebrate Tijuana, despite the ongoing stigma of violence that has affected the border city for years.
Oct. 13, 2010