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Deportations Take Toll On Young People’s Mental Health

Sarah Gustavus
New Mexico In Depth

Fronteras: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will now have a court-appointed monitor watching over his department. We have a two-part series examining how the deportation of family members can impact the mental health of young people. Conservationists in the southwestern border region are busy cleaning trash out of watersheds before winter rains hit. By involving the community, they hope to create allies in the fight for a healthy border environment. And, soon travelers arriving at Tijuana's airport will be able to cross, by bridge, directly into San Diego.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Department Ruling Requires Monitor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will have a court-appointed monitor watching over his department. From Phoenix Al Macias reports this is the result of a six-year legal battle over a racial discrimination case against the sheriff’s department.

Building With Trash To Mend Border Environment

Trash is a major problem in the U.S.-Mexico border region. These last dry months of the year in Southern California bring a flurry of cleanup efforts in the Tijuana River Valley, which begins in Mexico and flows into the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. side. From our Fronteras Desk, Jill Replogle reports on work underway to put that trash to use, while enticing people to discover, and care for, the border region’s shared natural resources.

Schools Try To Keep Students Focused On Academics

New Mexico has a unique culture of tolerance, especially when it comes to immigration. Nearly half of the state’s residents identify as Hispanic or Latino. That strong Hispanic influence has existed for generations, since the Spanish arrived through Mexico, but deportations, which the federal government has stepped up in recent years, reach into communities and families across the state.

ICE officially targets criminals in deportation policy and about 55 percent of deportations in fiscal year 2012 were for individuals with prior criminal convictions. But, there is a clear impact on families left behind.

This week Fronteras Desk partner New Mexico In Depth is exploring how the removal of parents and siblings can impact the mental health of young people. In part one, Sarah Gustavus takes us to a special charter school that deals with this on a daily basis.

Families Arm Kids With Emergency Plans

Deportations can be examined in numbers. One number – an estimated 200,000 people deported between 2010 and 2012 say they have U.S. citizen children. It’s the lasting impact that these deportations have on family members, especially children, who remain in the US that is more challenging to quantify.

In our Fronteras Desk partner New Mexico In Depth’s second story on this issue, Sarah Gustavus takes us into the home of one teen is dealing with life after her brother’s deportation.

Cross-Border Airport Terminal Flying Forward

It's been in the works for more than twenty years, but construction has finally begun on the cross-border terminal that will let travelers cross from the Tijuana airport directly into San Diego. From our Fronteras Desk, Adrian Florido filed this report.

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