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Border & Immigration

On Fronteras: Mexicans Flee Gas Land Violence- Are Ex-Pats Immigrants?- And Day Of The Dead Altars

Lorne Matalon
Marfa Public Radio
A burned home in Guadalupe, Mexico. Property owners say they're being targeted because of valuable oil and gas on their properties.

This week on Fronteras:  

--Residents in Mexico’s Juarez Valley blame the government for vicious attacks on citizens. They claim the goal is to drive them from their properties which are rich in oil.   

-- In Dallas, the sheriff is defending her policy on not detaining immigrants.

-- People who move to the United States from other countries are called immigrants, so why do Americans who move abroad resist that designation?

-- A look at altars being created to honor the dead.

Juarez Valley Residents Say They're Losing Homes Due To Oil And Gas Land Grab 

Lucrative oil and gas deposits sit beneath Mexico’s Juárez Valley, southeast of El Paso and the Texas border.  Residents say the valuable resources are the reason they’re being threatened, attacked and driven from their land.  Marfa Public Radio reporter Lorne Matalon travelled to the area to check out the claims.  Here’s the first part of his report.

Mexican Ex-Politician Says His Relatives Were Killed Because Of Energy Pursuit

A former Mexican politician claims the oil and gas land grab has resulted in the deaths of some of his relatives.  Here’s the second part of Lorne Matalon report.

Dallas Sheriff Sued For Easing Immigrant Detention Policy

In Dallas more than a dozen people have sued Sheriff Lupe Valdez and the County for their policy on holding immigrants. That comes after Governor Greg Abbott sent the sheriff a stern letter urging her to honor federal requests to detain immigrants.   KERA’s Stella Chavez has the story.

Are American's Living Abroad Immigrants Or Ex-Patriots?

There’s a group of U.S. seniors who’ve moved to other countries to maximize their retirement savings.  They usually call themselves ex-pats, short for ex-patriots.  So aren’t they also immigrants?  KUT’s Joy Diaz reports, the answer isn’t simple.

Day Of The Dead Altars Remember Departed Loved Ones 

This week in many Latino neighborhoods families are mocking death by displaying comical images of skeletons and skulls. They’re also remembering departed loved ones with special altars. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan reports the altars are one way of celebrating Day of the Dead.