When Arizona's SB 1070 was passed to crack down on illegal immigration, some immigrants fled the state. But SB 1070 also affected their children. A recent study showed more high school students were living without their parents. After SB 1070 passed, they were living alone, or with friends and relatives. How else did SB 1070 change the lives of Arizona's youth? And how did it affect them emotionally? Why were so many afraid to talk to the study's researchers? Also, what other changes should we expect to see with anti-migrant laws spreading to other states?
Navy SEAL, Nicholas Bickle is on trial in Las Vegas for allegedly smuggling guns into the United States from the middle east. Prosecutors allege Bickle smuggled the guns as well as explosives for his own profit.
Susana Martinez is the only Latina governor in the United States. She's tough on immigrants and the New York Times reports she has rushed to erase much of the legacy of her predecessor, Bill Richardson.
Anthony Candida expected to retire when his last kid moved out of the house. But then the recession hit - and he suddenly found his kids and four grandchildren moving back in with him. He's now the sole full-time breadwinner for a house of nine. Nevada's multi-generational housing is on the rise, and more seniors are re-entering the work force or just working past retirement. What's the incentive to keep working for older Americans? How many families are combining households to make ends meet? And how is this multi-generational setup changing the fabric of Nevada?
With America in a recession, retirement has been changing. Employees are staying in jobs longer at mediocre pay, in order to secure their pensions. Retirees are also living longer, thanks to modern science - but that also means they meet more funds to get by. So how is the pension crisis and the aging population changing how seniors look at their future? How should they be planning for their golden years? Fronteras: The Changing America Desk is investigating what retirees face today in a radio series. We check in with two reporters and retirement experts.
One Nevada legislator this year tried to expand on the state's existing medical marijuana laws by making easier for patients to get the drug by striking down existing challenges like making it illegal to possess seeds. That bill failed but it leaves a bigger questions about the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana altogether. Some argue that if states legalize the drug they will eliminate the criminal rings that grow, traffic and sell it. But others argue that marijuana is only a small part of what big drug cartels do so making marijuana legal won't slow that criminal activity down.
So what are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? Would it help or hurt? What are the public health concerns? And is there a reasonable way to regulate the industry? We'll hear from an expert panel about the good and bad of legalizing marijuana.
Mexican cartels have an intricate web of alliances to help them get drugs into the US and money and weapons back across the border. Cartels use gangs in the US; they bribe local government officials; they launder money in US banks.
In Mexico tourist zones like Rocky Point and Cancun, drug violence, which has for the most part not been evident in these areas, is starting to find its way into areas where many Americans visit. Meanwhile in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas mass graves have been discovered revealing about 183 victims of drug violence.
The debate over whether to draw an exclusively Latino district in Nevada has taken a very partisan twist. Some Latino leaders have said an Hispanic specific district would greatly empower the Latino population.
This past year, there's been a lot of political talk swirling around gay marriage, civil unions, and the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. But what about that first moment - when a person reveals he or she is gay? What is coming out like for today's teens? What if it goes against your religion, your ethnic culture, and everything your family believes? Many teens face depression, run away, and sometimes even commit suicide.