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Religion & Politics, Cracking Down on Human Trafficking & Border Towns Bounce Back


A look at what drives the swing vote of the Latino Evangelical electorate, also Californians will vote on whether to impose harsher penalties for sex traffickers. After some sluggish years, NAFTA creates border boomtowns. And why some people are seeing more bears come to town.

Latino Evangelicals Poised To Wield More Political Power

Democrats usually count on Latino voters, but Latino Evangelicals aren’t as predictable. A new Pew Forum study shows this growing group could swing to either party. From the Fronteras Desk in Las Vegas, Veronica Zaragovia reports.

California Proposition Targets Sex Traffickers

This Election Day, Californians will vote on Proposition 35, which if approved would impose harsher prison sentences for traffickers. San Diego is one of the nation's top hubs for human and sex trafficking. Prop 35 enjoys broad-based support, but Fronteras reporter Adrian Florido says there are also fears it could have unintended consequences.

A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town

More and more bears are showing up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds across the southwest. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year.  In Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled. Most are in search of food and water. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.

After Some Sluggish Years, NAFTA Creates Border Boomtowns

In the two decades after NAFTA was signed American manufacturing jobs took a nose dive, particularly after the year 2000.  In the southwest, that loss was most devastating to Texas border cities such as El Paso, which for 40 years had relied heavily on the garment industry. In our series NAFTA 20 Years Later, Mónica Ortiz Uribe reports that these days El Paso is getting back on its feet.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.