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Call For More Border Drones Despite Questionable Track Record

Hernán Rozemberg
One of 10 Predator B drones that DHS uses to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. This plane is based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Fronteras: The immigration proposal senators are crafting calls for an expanded use of border drones, we look at how effective they have been along the border so far. We hear the story of an American veteran's two-year quest to get an Iraqi family to the safety of U.S. soil. Finally, a San Antonio surgery resident talks about his immigration experience so far, and the hurdles immigrant doctors face to work in the U.S. even though there are doctor shortages.

In Border Security Quest, A Call For More Drones

Any immigration reform bill is going to have to address the issue of border security. The proposal a bi-partisan group of senators is crafting calls for an expanded use of a specific and expensive tool that, thus far, has a questionable track record. From our Fronteras Desk, Jill Replogle reports. 

Family of Iraqi Interpreter Killed in Battle Finally Makes it to U.S.

Afghans and Iraqis who work in their countries with American troops often place themselves and their families in great danger by affiliating themselves with the U.S. so there’s a reward for this work: An easier time getting U.S. visas for themselves, and sometimes for their families. At least that's what's supposed to happen. Jill Replogle reports on the two-year quest of an American veteran to get an Iraqi family to safety.

Napolitano: Border Secure, But Not Done

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate Judiciary committee Wednesday that the border is more secure now than ever before. However, she says it still needs work. Laurel Morales reports from Flagstaff, Ariz. 

Surgeon Resident Provides His Perspective on Immigration Reform

Salvador Sordo says his immigration experience has not been typical; Sordo is a surgery resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He’s doing research on the division of trauma and emergency surgery.

Sordo moved to the United States in 1994 from Mexico with his family. He says his dad was invited to open a corporation here and was given an H-visa good for several years. When Sordo turned 21 in 2000, he could no longer stay in the U.S. under his dad’s visa.  He tells his story to Texas Public Radio's Crystal Chavez.