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The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

The Trouble With Enrolling In The Affordable Care Act

Across the Southwest, groups are canvassing neighborhoods to inform people who are uninsured about how to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which begins Oct. 1. But getting the message across is a difficult task, especially reaching groups that may not speak English well. We begin in Phoenix with Fronteras Desk reporter Jude Joffe-Block.

San Diego Leaders Rally To Keep Immigration Reform Hopes Alive

With Congress back to work, immigration reform advocates are ramping up their efforts to get a bill passed before the end of the year. But debate over the federal deficit and Syria are threatening to push immigration reform to the bottom of the legislative agenda.

Pro-reform groups held a rally in San Diego on Monday. Fronteras reporter Jill Replogle has more.

Border Technology Contracts Take New Approach

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Agents at the Joint Intelligence and Operations Coordination Center in Tucson. The content of the video display screens have been blurred for security reasons.

In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports that past mistakes are now dictating the way the federal government is awarding these contracts.

Potential Border Spending Means Opportunity For Security, Defense Companies

Some defense contractors and private sector tech companies are looking at the Southwest border as a new opportunity. Immigration reform, if it passes, likely will include new funds for security and border enforcement, and that’s generating a buzz among companies who see dollar signs. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

14 Schools, 1 Plan: Nevada's New Blueprint For ELL Education

Nevada schools have the largest percentage of English language learners in the country and for the first time the state has designated funds to go directly towards improving ELL education.  The bulk of the money -- nearly $40 million -- will go to Las Vegas Clark County School District, the biggest in the state.  From our Fronteras Desk, Kate Sheehy reports.

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