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How To Stop People From Overstaying Visas

Cristina Esquivel
Relatives wait outside the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, where Mexican citizens can apply for a temporary visa."

Many of the people in the U.S. illegally actually came legally on a temporary visa, but then never went home. What authorities are doing to combat high crime rates on the Navajo Nation. A preview of a documentary that profiles a Tijuaana actor who also makes money as an immigrant smuggler. Finally, an interview with actor Lou Diamond Phillips about his latest film, "Filly Brown," and his career.

Visa Overstays Present Challenge for Immigration Reform

Of over 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, about 40 percent actually entered the U.S. legally. They came on a temporary visa, but the trouble is once they got here they decided to stay. Tracking them down is one of the biggest challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security. Mónica Ortiz Uribe reports.

Navajo Nation, Feds Take on Overwhelming Violent Crime

The Navajo Nation is one of the most violent reservations in the country. According to FBI reports, over the last five years more rapes were reported on the Navajo Nation than in San Diego, Detroit and several other more populous U.S. cities. The tribe just opened one of four new jails, but there’s not enough funding to staff them. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.

Documentary Profiles Tijuana Actor/Immigrant Smuggler


A documentary about one of Tijuana’s biggest, albeit illegal, industries is making its way around film festivals across the globe. It spotlights a man with a pair of unusual professions. Jill Replogle from our Fronteras Desk reports.

Lou Diamond Phillips on Filly Brown and His Career

The film Filly Brown tells the story of a young artist's dream and the struggles her Hispanic family face in L.A . Staring in the film are Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips.  Fronteras correspondent David Martin Davies speaks with Phillips about what makes this film so special to the cast and many others.

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