The Department of Homeland Security is expanding drone use for patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border. How effective are they? And how secure? A class at the University of Texas recently hacked a drone to show its security flaws. We talk about the value of drones, plus how colleges are expanding into drone studies and whether there will be profitable jobs in the future.
Naturalized citizens are a growing share of the American electorate. And here in Nevada, immigrant voters could play a significant role in shaping the outcome of the next election. In 2008, a record number of immigrants became citizens. We look at the number of immigrants naturalizing this year, and what barriers still exist to prevent more immigrants from becoming voters.
Agua Prieta is a small Mexican border town south of Douglas, Arizona. For the first time in its history, two women are competing for mayor. Josefina Vasquez Mota is also the first woman from a major political party running for Mexico's president. So what role are women now playing on Mexico's political stage? Are they simply following in the rest of Latin America's footsteps, or is this the sign of something bigger? We hear a Fronteras report, plus check in with an expert.
A new series on the Mexican election from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk explores the importance of the Mexican election on both sides of the border. We talk with two reporters from the series on how businesses and people on both sides of the border will be affected by the election.
Latinos are the fastest-growing U.S. voter group. But few actually turn up to vote - in Nogales, there's 29% voter turnout, even though the town is 90% Latino. So why aren't members of the most courted ethnic voting group showing up to the polls? Are they illegal immigrants who can't register? Or is it general voter apathy? And how do Latino voters feel about promises made during Obama's 2008 campaign? As one Latino voter told the Huffington Post, "We can be angry, but we cannot vote for [Mitt Romney]." Who is today's Latino voter? Reporters from the Fronteras Changing America desk join us.
Learning to be a court interpreter isn't an easy task and simply being bilingual usually isn't enough to do the job effectively. Nevada requires interpreters to complete a long list of requirements to become an interpreter. We talk with three court interpreters about what their job entails.
A Nevada man who marketed home loan modifications to Spanish speakers throughout the Southwest is facing criminal charges. His arrest is the latest effort by the Nevada Attorney General to crack down on mortgage fraud.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno say there is a growing problem of unlicensed healthcare in Nevada’s Latino community. Unlicensed individuals claiming to be doctors pose as qualified physicians, dentists, or plastic surgeons and practice medicine illegally.
Andrea is 10, and she speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and a dialect of Guatemalan. At least, that's what she thinks. Andrea speaks none of those languages fluently, even after years in her school's English-only immersion program. Why doesn't it work for her? And what can we do better? Fronteras reporter Devin Browne spent five years following Andrea, and reports on the ups and downs of an education tactic seen first-hand through a child's eyes.
Still recovering from her gun wounds, Gabrielle Giffords bid farewell to Congress, saying she wanted to do what was best for Arizona. What does this mean for Democrats? Is her seat left vulnerable? And will she ever return to the political stage?.
"8 Murders A Day." That's how many killings there are in Juarez, Mexico. And that's also the title of Charlie Minn's new documentary, about Juarez's drug war and how it has affected the town's people. Charlie Minn tells us about the people of Juarez, how he earned their trust, and what these killings say about our larger society. Fronteras reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe, who covers border issues in Las Cruces, also joins the discussion.
A bright spot in the global economic downturn is Mexico's thriving maquilladora (manufacturing) industry. Despite the impact the recession has had on companies across the world, manufacturing in Mexico is booming.
Family structures have changed drastically during the past ten years, but their homes, for the most part, havent. Kids are living at home well into their 20s. Grandparents are living with their children and grandchildren. According to the 2010 Census, the traditional, nuclear family is shifting to a new model. So we ask, could it be time to rethink about how we build homes and entire neighborhoods? Do people want different homes? And can home developers hurt by the down economy capitalize on this model, building newer, denser housing instead of adding to the Southwests sprawl? We discuss these issues and more on todays State of Nevada broadcast.
The American Southwest is full of neighborhoods that are empty of people, but ready to go, They have roads, sidewalks, utilities, sometimes even rows of unoccupied homes.
These are the subdivisions that the housing crash left behind, frozen in time on their way to completion. Welcome to the world of "Zombie Subdivisions", land that has been permitted and slated for development, with no buyers for those homes anywhere.
Developers say these spaces are just dormant, waiting for another economic boom to bring them online. But what happens if the market demand is gone and not coming back to the region. We discuss "Zombie Subdivision", and "smart decline" on this program.
According to newly released federal documents, before the controversy over a gun running program dubbed "Fast and Furious" broke out, another operation called "Wide Receiver" was in effect which allowed gun traffickers to buy weapons in the U.S. and walk them over the border. Federal agents permitted traffickers to bring weapons into Mexico as part of an investigative strategy. Top officials in the justice department say they didn't know about the program and are now under harsh scrutiny from some members of Congress. Fronteras reporter, Michel Marizco has been covering the story and he joins us.
The world of Mixed Martial Arts spans the globe. Hundreds of fighters from countries like Brazil, Japan, England and many more all compete for a chance for a chance to one day end up under the bright lights of the sport's biggest promotion, Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship. Now, a new crop of fighters has popped up just across the border in the Southwest in Tijuana, Mexico. Many of the fighters commute to Tijuana from San Diego, CA to train at gyms that are more affordable but also offer highly skilled coaches. So how many of those fighters will end up in Las Vegas? Fronteras project reporter, Ruxandra Guidi recently visited one gym in Tijuana and she joins us to discuss how young Mexican fighters are looking to make it big in Las Vegas.
Nearly 700,000 foreign students study on US campuses. While most take their skills back home, the Obama administration wants to keep them here - for academia and for future jobs. Why are local employers so eager to hire foreign nationals? How do they feel it improves their employee pool? And what policy changes would they like to see to keep more foreign workers here? We talk to a reporter and an employer about hiring internationally.