Tag Archives: Fronteras Desk

Underground Water in Texas: Plan to Export is Challenged

Farmers and ranchers who have been battling the drought for years have found themselves sitting on an increasingly valuable resource – their own underground water. Now, a case over water rights that will resonate across the southwest is before the … Continue reading

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Mexico Marks Día De La Revolución: Patriotism, Protest And Revulsion

Mexico has marked the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. This year, the day was transformed into a platform for nationwide protests. Anguish is mounting over the government’s response to the murders of 43 college students in September. A mayor in … Continue reading

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US Seeks To Curb Central American Child Exodus With Youth Programs

CHALCHUAPA, El Salvador — The once-staggering number of Central American child migrants crossing the border has slowed dramatically in recent months. But to discourage future migration flows, many say the violence and poverty that helped trigger the exodus must be … Continue reading

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The Day After Deportation: Salvadoran Teen Returns to the Town He Fled

American immigration courts are gearing up to decide the fate of tens of thousands of children from Central America who came to the United States border in recent months. Meanwhile, Mexico has been cracking down on these migrants en route north, … Continue reading

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Multiple Reasons Drive Decrease In Central Americans At The Border

NEAR HIDALGO, Texas —People in South Texas are still catching their breath after the recent surge of illegal border crossers from Central America. That sudden spike has declined significantly since the peak of summer. Cicadas hummed and giant reeds rustled … Continue reading

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National Guard Deploys To Bust Drug Crime In South Texas

LA JOYA, Texas — The National Guard is now descending on the South Texas border. It’s part of a law enforcement surge called Operation Strong Safety. Governor Rick Perry ordered the mission to confront the never-ending flow of illegal drug … Continue reading

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Abortion Clinic Closures Impact Women Along The Texas Border

The fight against stricter regulations on Texas abortion clinics goes to court again Monday. This time lawyers will argue on behalf of two clinics located near the United States-Mexico border. Those clinics have shut their doors, unable to meet new … Continue reading

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Thursday Interview: The Political Calculus – National Guard Troops on the Texas Border

The U.S. Congress is wrestling with competing visions on border security, including the possibility of a federal deployment of the National Guard to the border. But in Texas, where political angst over border security is a water cooler issue, the … Continue reading

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The Lesser Of Two Evils: Riding La Bestia

Fronteras Desk Correspondent Lorne Matalon spoke to Julian Worricker of the BBC World Service on July 19. They discussed La Bestia, which Matalon rode, in the context of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are reaching the United States border from … Continue reading

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Despite Obstacles, Solar Gains Ground in Texas

This week we have examined the opportunity and challenge for solar power in Texas. There are no state mandates or incentives for solar. And the head of the Public Utilities Commission says Congress should end solar’s 30 per cent federal tax credit. Despite that landscape solar is … Continue reading

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