A year ahead of the 2012 presidential election both Democrats and Republicans are competing for Hispanic votes. In states like Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona the Hispanic vote could tip the scale in favor of one party over the other. Yesterday White House officials went to Las Cruces to hold a community summit aimed at Hispanics. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports many voters in that area are still undecided.
The Department of Homeland Security is under scrutiny in Congress over recent changes to immigration enforcement, including deportations. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.
The Obama Administration released this week its plan to ban new uranium mining on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park for 20 years. But this may not be the end of the battle. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports from Flagstaff.
The word “Navajo” no longer appears on the Urban Outfitters website. The trendy clothing chain has removed it from numerous product names in the wake of criticism from the Navajo Nation. The tribe has trademarks on the Navajo name. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, all this brings up a bigger debate about private business misrepresenting and profiting from Native American imagery.
Close to 700 thousand international students study on U.S. college campuses and the majority of those students head home after they graduate. But the federal government wants to keep many of them here, especially those in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle reports on recent efforts to expedite the visas process.
Occupy Wall Street protests have been reported in more than 100 American towns and cities – including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego, and San Antonio. On Saturday, the protest goes to Arizona with occupations planned in Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff. Protesters say they represent the 99 percent of Americans who have been left behind by the country’s economic growth.
Peace begins with me. It’s a familiar refrain… and it’s the title of tonight’s benefit event put on by the Albuquerque non-profit PeacePals. The organization promotes international correspondence and service projects.
Fights over drawing new political districts are heating up in several states. In Nevada, the redistricting issue is in the courts. As Jude Joffe-Block reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a state district judge has appointed three citizens to draft the district maps.
Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills important to undocumented immigrants. The bills are also expected to impact the state's economy. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.
As part of a program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, the federal government created a program to subsidize loan modifications by lenders. The Home Affordability Modification Program is funded by tax-payer dollars, but a new report from the non-profit journalism organization ProPublica says government oversight for the program has been ineffectual and weak.
A Las Vegas jury has found a San Diego based Navy SEAL guilty on multiple federal weapons charges. The illegal firearms in the case include 30 assault rifles that were likely smuggled from Iraq. Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Next month the last of the world’s largest coal-slurry plants will literally implode. The Mohave Generating Station in Laughin Nevada closed in 2005 after a series of conflicts with environmentalists and the Navajo Nation over pollution and water use.
Did you miss the KUNM Call-In Show this week on attitudes about conservation? You can stream it online now! Recent polls show some surprising results about the perspectives of Hispanic/Latinos in New Mexico and young people. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
International child abductions are on the rise, according to the U.S. State Department and Mexico is the number one destination. As Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, 65% of all cases of American children being taken away by one parent end up south of the border.
The Supreme Court has ruled against a Southern Arizona rancher who once held a group of illegal immigrants at gunpoint. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the Court says the rancher must pay 87-thousand dollars.
Arizona manufacturer First Solar will not get a 1-point-5 billion dollar federal loan guarantee to back a large energy project in California. As Peter O'Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the company says it missed a deadline to finalize the deal.
A study released this week highlights severe problems among police in the violent Mexican border city of Juarez. From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports half of the officers admit to engaging in corrupt acts.
Record high temperatures, severe dust storms and catastrophic wildfires have plagued much of the southwest this year. And as Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, climatologists predict there won't be much relief any time soon.