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This is the year of the Latino voter-at least that’s what political pundits have been predicting from coast to coast. This growing demographic could very well decide the presidential race. But as Jude Joffe-Block reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, candidates have tried to court Latino voters for decades and they've made plenty of blunders along the way.

Mexico will elect a new president this year and the country's three candidates are now in full-on campaign mode. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Mexico's top two concerns are security and the economy.

Kinder, Gentler Immigrant Detention in Texas?

Mar 30, 2012
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 "HOLIDAY ON ICE" is the title of hearings before the House Judiciary this on Capital Hill.  Texas Congressman Lamar Smith wants to draw attention to new guidelines on detention facilities operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement-ICE.  The new guidelines provide for a more humane and less prison like detention.  Smith is among critics who say ICE is going too easy on undocumented immigrants. 

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The Obama administration is halting immigration court proceedings in four cities. The move will give authorities time to review thousands of cases and delay deportation for many non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Nick Bloomberg reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Iraqi Victim of Possible Hate Crime Dies in San Diego

Mar 28, 2012

A 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant died Saturday, three days after she was discovered brutally beaten at her home in the city of El Cajon, California, just east of San Diego.  

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Adrian Florido reports indications of a possible hate crime have shaken the town that has the nation's second largest community of iraqis.

Why Spanish: Teaching in Guatemala

Mar 23, 2012

Students are flocking to Spanish immersion programs in countries like Guatemala. It has given birth to a new industry, an industry that is full of women. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jim Paluzzi reports that when you study with one of these Spanish teachers, your investment is a lifeline.

Why Spanish Series: Immersion Programs

Mar 23, 2012

These days, the ability to communicate in Spanish can be a key asset in the job market. But to speak with confidence it often takes an immersion experience in a Spanish speaking country. The Central American nation of Guatemala is developing a reputation as the go-to place for Spanish immersion. Jim Paluzzi from the Fronteras Changing America Desk has this second part of the Why Spanish series.


Americans are notorious for being mono-lingual. Gallup poll research shows that three out of every four Americans can't carry on a conversation in a second language. But if you ARE going to learn another language, here in the Southwest, that means Spanish. Today we begin a three part series from the Fronteras Changing America Desk and the Public Insight Network. In this first piece, Jim Paluzzi looked into dozens of cases of adult English speakers who are now using Spanish.

Report: Latinos, Asians See Faster Job Growth

Mar 23, 2012

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that as the economy recovers, Asians and Latinos are gaining work faster than other ethnic groups.  Adrian Florido reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.


Native American Tribes Fight Wind Farm Plan in CA

Mar 23, 2012

Several Southwestern Native American tribes are fighting a large wind farm planned near the town of Ocotio in the southeastern corner of California. As Jill Replogle reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the tribes say there are more than four hundred archeological sites on the land where the turbines would be located.

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The shifting demographics of the Mountain West could have long-term effects on national and local politics. As Peter O’Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a new report by the Brookings Institution shows the identity of the region is changing.

Mexican Magazine Director Recognized By Newsweek

Mar 9, 2012
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The co-director of the Tijuana-based Zeta magazine has been named one of Newsweek’s 150 “Women Who Shake the World.” From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle explains what she did to make the list.

American Indian Reservations Expanding

Mar 9, 2012
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As some Native American tribes have become wealthy with casino profits, they've been buying land and expanding the size of their reservations. But as Adrian Florido reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, these efforts are stirring controversy, because once the private land becomes part of the reservation, it's no longer subject to local taxes or laws.


In El Paso, a new county commissioner was sworn in this week. She is temporarily replacing another commissioner who is facing federal drug trafficking charges. The former commissioner comes from a politically active family in the southernmost portion of El Paso county. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the area has a history as an active smuggling corridor for drugs and people.

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Scientists aren’t the only ones worried about climate change. The Defense Department is too. And they’ve sought the help of the University of Arizona to be better prepared. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Navajo Nation Sues Clothing Company

Mar 2, 2012

The Navajo Nation is suing Urban Outfitters, demanding the company pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Federal court. Al Macias reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.


Supporters of a Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson met outside Arizona’s state capitol Wednesday to read from books they say have been banned. School district officials say the books have not been banned–just moved to storage facilities. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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The federal government is deciding whether to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list, as some populations have stabilized. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Laurel Morales reports.


Jobs are coming back, or at least it seems that way. New claims for unemployment benefits are near a four-year low. And there’s some evidence that a group that’s been hit harder than others in this recession-Latinos-may be getting back into the workforce more quickly.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe Block reports. 

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Across the country it’s not uncommon for a creditor to electronically disable a car if the owner falls behind on payments. This technology has been around for more than a decade and is quite effective. But on the vast and remote Navajo Nation it’s a problem. And a recent lawsuit charges that Navajo law makes them illegal. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.


What does the real estate market have to do with the Mexican drug war? A whole lot, South Texas realtors say. The mere perception of violence spilling north of the border is leaving bountiful land by the Rio Grande sitting idle. No one wants to buy it. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Hernán Rozemberg reports.

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Two city officials in the southern New Mexico town of Sunland Park pled not guilty to extortion charges in court Monday.

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A severe drought in Northern and Central Mexico has prompted some Mexican officials to come to this side of the border to ask for grassroots support.

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Forensic specialists in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua are working to identify human remains found scattered on a mountainside across the border from Ft Hancock, Texas. Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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Social networking has taken over many of our traditional ways of connecting with people far away-no more letters, no more faxes, even phone conversations may be outdated soon. But on the vast Indian reservations in rural America, few people have phones and even fewer have broadband access.  So many American Indians still connect a very old fashioned way-through radio. It’s a means to connect, but as Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, for many it’s much, much more.

Latino Education Gap Widens

Feb 29, 2012
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For the first time ever, the number of U.S. adults with bachelor’s degrees has surpassed 30 percent. But as Adrian Florido reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, new data shows the education gap between Latinos and other ethnic groups is widening.

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Arizona’s GOP primary tomorrow will once again focus national attention on the Latino vote in the southwest. One prominent Latina who has gotten much attention in the past year is New Mexico's Republican Governor Susana Martinez.  She’s a rising star in the Republican Party, and the GOP hopes she’ll draw in more of that critical Latino vote.  But as Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some Hispanic voters accuse her of pushing an anti-immigrant agenda. 

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The Obama Administration announced rules yesterday that will help the biobased products industry grow, including three biopreferred companies in New Mexico.

US Supreme Court to Hear Texas Univ. Affirmative Action Case

Feb 24, 2012
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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up a case out of Texas that puts affirmative action back in the national spotlight. 

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Environmentalists have filed an appeal challenging Peabody Coal’s mining permit in northern Arizona.