Fronteras Desk

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An award-winning public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on the border, immigration and changing demographics.

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A multi-part series from the Fronteras Changing America Desk on the broken parts of our immigration system and the prospects for reform.

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The Fronteras Changing America Desk has produced a five part series on our immigration system and the prospects for change. Currently, an estimated 11 million people live in the United States without proper documentation. Visas available to bring in high skilled, or less-skilled, workers are hard to come by. Visa backlogs have separated families for upward of 20 years. We spent a staggering $18 billion on immigration enforcement last fiscal year. Yet people who want to cross, still do so. Our series, Broken Border, peels apart the complex tangle of the debate to explore what matters. We go from California farms to employers' offices in Arizona, ride along the southwest border with border patrol, open closed legislative doors to talk to key policy shapers, explore the impact of 11 million undocumented workers and ask: What does the Obama Administration owe the Latino voters who helped bring him back to Washington?

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The Fronteras Changing America Desk has produced a five part series on our immigration system and the prospects for change.

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As various immigration reform proposals work their way through the U.S. Congress, Fronteras Desk dissects the proposals, the players, and the issues. A look at how comprehensive immigration reform could impact lives and livelihoods along the Southwest border and beyond.

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Fronteras Desk has a nine part series exploring the economic, cultural, environmental and social impact of NAFTA on the border region.

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A Fronteras Desk series about the lives of parents and children -- some are American citizens -- when deportation affects the family.


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Caption: Deported parents with children who are wards of the state in the U.S. are sometimes able to visit with their children at the border in Tijuana., Credit: Jill Replogle
One in four deportees have a U.S. citizen child left behind. As they struggle to prove to U.S. social workers and the courts that they can take car...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Washington State


  • Added: Jun 11, 2013
  • Length: 04:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tania Velasquez, a Mexican national, hopes to regain custody of her 3-year-old daughter, who is a U.S. Citizen. , Credit: Jill Replogle
The Senate Immigration Reform bill includes provisions that could ease the way for deportees with children in the U.S. child welfare system. Curren...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2013
  • Length: 04:02
Caption: Canadian couple Cécile Bastin and Sylvain Coté, stand with their realtor, Arnold Porter (left), as they shop for real estate in Phoenix., Credit: Jude Joffe-Block
A provision in the immigration reform proposal would allow wealthy retirees to stay longer in this country without a visa. This could be a boon to ...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 03:51
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To secure the border, the Senate committee says we need more drones. But it has been widely reported that drones on the border are ineffective.

  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 04:12
Caption: Dairy farmer John Rosenow stands in front of a semi truck. His 550 dairy cows fill one semi every day to sell across the street to the cheese factory., Credit: Laurel Morales
Wisconsin Dairy farmer John Rosenow hires workers from Mexico. How one dairy farmer sees his workers as his assets.

  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 03:33
Caption: Dairy producers, their workers from Mexico and interpreter Shaun Duvall stand outside the Nelson Creamery in west central Wisconsin., Credit: Laurel Morales
Across the country in rural America one in two new neighbors is Latino, according to a recent study. And that's an adjustment for some communities.

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 04:03
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Caption: Rosenow has two barns this size. Each houses about 300 cows. Two decades ago dairymen in Wisconsin discovered they had to grow in order to survive shrinking profit margins. , Credit: Laurel Morales
The Senate’s immigration reform proposal offers a fast track to citizenship for agricultural workers so that they can “continue to do the vital wor...

  • Added: May 03, 2013
  • Length: 04:02
Caption: The hotly anticipated bill to overhaul our nation's immigration system is expected to be presented Tuesday by a bipartisan group of senators. We show with an interactive map what that might look like., Credit: Jill Replogle and John Rosman
The hotly anticipated bill to overhaul our nation's immigration system is expected to be presented Tuesday by a bipartisan group of senators. We sh...

  • Added: May 02, 2013
  • Length: 04:35
Caption: A San Diego union says these housekeepers without legal immigration status were fired because workers at their hotel were trying to organize. Labor unions hope legalization for 11 million immigrants will make organizing workers easier by removing that fea, Credit: Adrian Florido
Unions hope legalization for 11 million immigrants without authorization will make organizing those immigrants easier.

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  • Added: May 02, 2013
  • Length: 04:31
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Caption: A former Bracero holds up his identification card from his days as a guest worker in the United States. , Credit: Monica Ortiz Uribe
One of the oldest and certainly the largest guest worker program in United States history was that of the Braceros. Nearly 5 million Mexican labore...

  • Added: May 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:48