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Deportation Protests Continue As Immigration Reform Prospects Wane

Jude Joffe-Block
Demonstrators danced into the late afternoon in front of the ICE office in Phoenix under a banner they hung themselves on the front gate.

Fronteras: Activists are calling on President Obama to take administrative action to stop deportations as the chance of Congress passing a reform bill this year wanes. Hundreds of vulnerable towns in New Mexico are trying to avoid running out of water during this drought. We’ll hear about the challenges foreign doctors face when they come to the U.S. Also, a report on an award by the Hopi Foundation in Arizona for people who work with victims of torture to help them heal.

Phoenix Council To Vote On Opening Mexico Office

City leaders in Phoenix are trying to follow the example of their neighbors in the Southwest that have successfully established a business presence in Mexico. From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports the city council could approve opening a trade office in Mexico's capitol as early as next week.

Hundreds Protest Deportations In Phoenix

While the federal government was under the shutdown and lawmakers wrangled over the nation’s debt, the spotlight was certainly not on immigration reform. Still, hundreds marched in Phoenix on Monday to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to protest the Obama administration’s deportation policies.

The march came days after a group of activists chained themselves to buses carrying immigrant detainees in Tucson and halted a court hearing there. As Jude Joffe-Block reports, these activists are calling on the President to take administrative action on immigration as the chance of Congress passing a reform bill this year wanes.

Rural New Mexico Faces Water Supply Crisis

For years now the Southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities ran out of water.  KUNM’s Rita Daniels reports that now hundreds of vulnerable towns are trying to avoid that from ever happening again.

Tijuana Deportees Occupy Plaza

When Tijuana police cleared out the canal that borders the U.S. in early August, hundreds of deported migrants who had camped there were evicted. And many took up residence in a nearby plaza. Now, two months later, reporter Jill Replogle says that the squatter’s camp has become a virtual village.

Refugee Doctors In San Diego

Here's something you don't think about when you get into a taxi: your driver could be a doctor. Many refugee medical professionals have to ditch their white coats for blue collars when they first arrive in the United States.

KPBS reporter Megan Burks in San Diego looks at why they have such a tough time getting into the U.S. Health care industry, despite the need for more doctor and nurses

Hopi Foundation Gives Anti-Torture Award

On the Hopi Lands in Northern Arizona, an international group of health care workers gathered recently to honor the latest recipient of the Barbara Chester Award, given by the Hopi Foundation to those who work with torture victims.

It is named after psychologist Barbara Chester who developed the first treatment program in the U.S. for victims of torture and later worked as the director of the Hopi Center for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention. Constance DeVereaux attended the awards ceremony and has this report.

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