Southwest articles


TX State Sen. Van de Putte: Year round border surge plan is pure politics

TX State Sen. Van de Putte: Year round border surge plan is pure politics

By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian McALLEN, TX — State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte has questioned the motives of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after he pushed for the Department of Public to mount a year round “border surge” operation. Van de Putte, who is running to replace Dewhurst as the presiding officer in the


South Phoenix community gardens put focus on reducing obesity

By Amy Gleich Cronkite News Service PHOENIX – On a one-acre plot in the middle of an industrial area, the smell of freshly picked basil fills the air as kids run through rows of radishes, eggplant, peppers and mustard greens, pausing occasionally to help adults weeding this community garden. This is the exact kind of


New Mexico’s Immigrant Women Rise against Domestic Violence

By Kent Patterson Frontera NorteSur Editor’s note: In continuing our series on gender violence issues, Frontera NorteSur offers the first of two articles on a New Mexico community organization that struggles against domestic violence in the Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Off a busy Albuquerque boulevard, one of the city’s most vital services goes on quietly with


Immigrants and the Great Recession: A do-it-yourself historical archive

By Luis Flores Borderzine BERKELEY – What is “public” about a public history? Is it that these historical narratives chronicle marginalized rather than elite stories? Is it that these types of stories can be publically available, on a website or public library, for anyone to access? Or is it, perhaps, that the goal of this


A little-known policy helps military spouses stay in U.S. legally

By Kendra Szabo Cronkite News Service Maria Quiring’s son was just months old the day the deportation notice arrived at her El Mirage home. Despite her marriage of five years to a U.S. Air Force serviceman, Quiring was ordered back to her native Mexico. “I was so afraid of the door,” Quiring said. “My little


Summit of ‘Wise Latinas’ gather to search for identity, validation and education

By Lucia Quinonez Borderzine EL PASO — It sounded like a fiesta, but between the laughter and loud chatter the group of some 80 Latina women examined the existential questions of identity and women’s rights. Organized here recently by Wise Latina International the women, who live on the U.S.-Mexico border, were challenged to identify, debate