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.
Hundreds of Hispanic Republicans are gathering today in Albuquerque hoping to build momentum ahead of next year's presidential election. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic voters in the country.
Green jobs are coming to Imperial Valley. At least that's what local leaders and renewable energy executives have been saying for the past several years. Many projects have experienced delays, and the jobs have been trickling in very slowly. But now the pace is picking up. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Jill Replogle reports that may be because the deadline for California utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources is getting closer.
Southern California was once a critical manufacturing center for the defense and aerospace industry. But as costs have gone up, much of that production has moved across the border to Tijuana. According to the Mexican government, the amount of aerospace parts that Mexico manufactures and exports has grown more than 15 times in the last 10 years. That output is expected to double again by 2015. In this second story in our series on the maquiladora industry, Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
American-owned manufacturing plants in Mexican border cities, called maquiladoras, have been around for more than four decades. Business has not been great in recent years with low wage jobs shifting over to Asia and the U.S. recession devastating sales. But now many maquiladoras that survived this downturn are on the rebound, adding new jobs all along the U.S. Mexican border. The Fronteras Changing America Desk launches a new series that looks at what's working for the maquiladoras, and why. Hernan Rozemberg begins, with a little history.
New Mexico has a pretty lousy business relationship with Mexico. Despite its ideal location right on the border, the state ranks 38th among U.S. states in trade with its neighbor. That's a fact not lost on the business community in southern New Mexico, where an industrial revolution of sorts is slowly taking shape. In the third installment of our series on the maquila industry, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk on a growing industrial hub that's at the heart of New Mexico's plan to boost trade with Mexico.
A report authored by two retired generals says the Texas border with Mexico is increasingly dangerous for the farmers and ranchers who live there. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports.
Experimental choreographers and performers Eiko and Koma are back in New Mexico this weekend. The world-renowned Japanese-born duo and special guest, Robert Mirabal, will perform at the Global Dance Fest at the VSA North 4th Art Center in Albuquerque.
Reviewer Janet Eigner says their work shows the light and dark sides of our world with profoundly original brilliance. Eigner is a poet and dance writer. She lives near Santa Fe.
Hispanic children now make up the largest group of kids living in poverty. The Pew Hispanic Center report attributes the increase in poverty to the grim economy. Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Researchers from the University of Arizona's law school recently released a report on the impacts of the state's controversial immigration law, S-B 10-70, has had on Arizona youth. As Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the study notes an increase in the number of high school students living without their parents.
Nevada has never elected a Latino to Congress, but one Democrat would like to be the first in 2012. On Tuesday night, a young, Mexican-born state senator kicked off his congressional campaign. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports from Las Vegas.
The President of the Navajo Nation is in Switzerland today seeking the help of the United Nations Human Rights Council. As Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, it's a last-ditch effort to stop recycled waste water from being used to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff.
The Tijuana-San Diego area was for decades one of the busiest human smuggling crossings along the southwest border. In the nineties, more than fifteen-hundred people were smuggled through there each week. But rising violence and increased border security have drastically changed the illegal business. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, it's also changed the role of those who look to help immigrants on both sides of the border.
The investigative arm of Congress has released a report saying that the United States military's efforts on the Mexican border have not been managed efficiently. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Michel Marizco reports that's despite the millions of dollars spent.
Two tribes with competing interests are ready to cooperate in one Arizona congressional district. Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk representatives from the Hopi and Navajo tribes say they want to try something different.
The Homeland Security Department will roll out a new system to track down people who overstay their temporary legal visas. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg explains it's been a decade in the making.
The Mexican government will release five Mexican wolves from captivity in Northeastern Sonora. U-S officials say they hope the animal will wander north into Arizona and breed with the endangered wolves living north of the border. Peter O'Dowd reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
The 9-11 terrorists entered the country legally. But the attacks forever changed public attitudes toward our nation's borders and in many cases, toward immigrants. Border security became a rallying cry. Now, a decade after the Twin Towers fell, U-S borders are much more protected. But as Hernán Rozemberg reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, experts believe they can never be absolutely secured.
Everyday life has changed since 9-11. One of the most obvious signs of that might be in the front flap of your wallet. Most state driver's licenses have changed dramatically. Some of the 9-11 hijackers had driver's licenses and state IDs which were illegally obtained. They used them to board the planes they ultimately crashed. As Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that discovery galvanized state officials and federal lawmakers to make licenses more secure.
It sounds intuitive, but the numbers are stark. The unemployment rate last month for people with a college degree stood at a modest 4 percent. Of course, it gets worse -- a lot worse -- for workers without a high school diploma. A report out today from the Brookings Institute shows that group's jobless rate is 15 percent. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Peter O'Dowd reports.
There are almost 40-thousand people in immigration detention around the country on any given day and about 15 percent suffer from mental illness-that's the same percentage seen in the wider prison population. However, unlike in federal or state prisons, there's little oversight or regulation of medical treatment in immigrant detention facilities. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that's led to some people being lost in the system.