Families temporarily reunited at the U.S.-Mexico border in a video titled “Hugs Without Borders,” posted by AJ+ on Thursday. A gate in the border fence temporarily opened in Ciudad Juárez allowing dozens of families split between Texas and Mexico to reunite with loved ones without a visa. Hope Border Institute’s Dylan Corbett, who was present for the reunions, said, “We are demanding a stop to deportations, we are demanding a stop to policies which divide families, we are also demanding an end to the rhetoric we are hearing from some presidential candidates: hate, racism, xenophobia.” Corbett added, “This is not a place of hate.”
On the Texas-Mexico border, groups of citizens are gathering to investigate the unexplainable. Members of the Laredo and Del Rio, Texas communities have taken it upon themselves to investigate strange objects in the sky. They visit residents concerned about mysterious happenings. And they reach into the past to better understand the world we live in. Senior producer A.C. Valdez talks to them about the extraordinary and the mundane side of paranormal investigations.
A.C. Valdez comes to LatinoUSA by way of public radio shows like America Abroad, The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU-FM’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Tell Me More. He’s worked with reporters from around the world, coordinated performances with groups like The Noisettes, and done in-depth work on the U.S. military’s counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. A native of Washington, D.C., A.C. Is a graduate of Emerson College. He kind of looks like Pitbull.
At the U.S.-Mexico border, a fence is no boundary for a garden with native flora and fauna, maintained by several volunteers, is found nowhere else in the world. Reporter Valerie Hamilton sent us this audio postcard about nature without fronteras.
This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Valerie Hamilton.
Valerie Hamilton is an independent producer. She reports on issues on and around the U.S-Mexico border for U.S. and European public media. She’s based in Los Angeles.
“Border security first!” This is the rallying cry of many when it comes to immigration reform. Fronteras Desk reporter Michel Marizco looks at how security currently works along the US-Mexico border and talks to people who say more must be done.
Michel Marizco is a Senior Field Correspondent for the Fronteras Desk in Tucson. He has reported along the Southwest border for the past decade, mainly in Arizona and Sonora. Before joining the Fronteras Desk, he field-produced stories for CNN Madrid, the BBC, 60 Minutes Australia, and the CBC. He is a contributing author on Shared Responsibility: U.S.-Mexico Policy Options for Confronting Organized Crime and an occasional writer at High Country News.
Every year, thousands of unaccompanied minors cross the U.S/Mexico border to be reunited with family. But this spring, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the number of minors arriving alone had nearly doubled. We speak to Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about who these minors are and why the numbers have shot up.
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Sonia Nazario is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey, a national bestseller that has been adopted by more than 50 universities across the country. She has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, hunger, drug addiction, and immigration, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.