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Tensions Rising In Texas-Mexico Water Dispute

Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Fronteras: Farmers in South Texas are angry with Mexico, part of a water dispute that’s fueling tensions between the two nations. Dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill, California’s TRUST Act is moving toward passage. A closer look at that train that derailed in Mexico. Also, the influence of Asian immigrants has brought new flavors to Las Vegas tacos.

Low Water Deliveries From Mexico Hurt Texas Farmers

The Rio Grande River is the lifeblood of South Texas. A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the river’s water flowing, but Mexico has fallen behind on its end of the deal. This has heightened tensions between the two countries and jeopardized the future of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley. From our Fronteras Desk, Mónica Ortiz Uribe reports.

California TRUST Act Moving Toward Passage

After Arizona enacted SB 1070, a controversial bill that empowered local police to enforce federal immigration law, several states followed Arizona's lead. But California is trying to go in the opposite direction. From San Diego County, Adrian Florido reports on a proposed bill that some have dubbed the 'anti-Arizona' bill.

Credit Lorne Matalon / Fronteras Desk
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Shadows move across the tracks as La Bestia, the train known as The Beast, approaches from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas into the state of Veracruz.

Riding La Bestia, The Immigration Train

Investigations continue into the derailment of the train in Mexico last weekend called "The Beast." It’s best known for ferrying Central Americans through Mexico, many of whom are headed to the U.S. At least six Hondurans were killed in the derailment and at least 16 others were critically injured.

Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon has been on that immigration train. He spoke to TPR's Crystal Chavez about the dangers immigrants face when they decide to hop on that train.

A Taco Fusion Of KoMextic Proportions

Las Vegas is a city of transplants from all over the country and these days, all over the world. The influence of Asian immigrants has brought new tastes to the city and new flavors to Las Vegas tacos. In the last story in our series on "Making The Taco Our Own," Fronteras Reporter Kate Sheehy introduces us to a Las Vegas native, the KoMex taco.

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