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Central American Children Look North To Flee Violence & Find Their Mothers

Photo courtesy Sonia Nazario

Fronteras: Some Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies in Arizona have agreed to go through a round of cultural training to help curb tensions with indigenous and Latino residents. Some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing a new ad by Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who is gay. Authorities are seeing a huge increase in Central American asylum-seekers at the nation's borders. Also, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about the surge in immigrants from Central America.

Arizona Town To Design Cultural Training For Arpaio Deputies

Some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies in Maricopa County, Arizona, have agreed to go through a round of cultural training. The county approved the arrangement to reduce long-held tensions between the Sheriff's office and indigenous and Latino residents in a small metro-Phoenix town. From the Fronteras Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

Some In San Diego’s LGBT Community Not Embracing DeMaio’s Same-Sex Partner Ad

The race for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District is expected to be one of the most heated in the country. Freshman Congressman Scott Peters, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from Republican former City Councilman Carl DeMaio.

KPBS reporter Claire Trageser tells us the race got national attention recently after a DeMaio commercial emphasizes the fact that he's gay.

Sonia Nazario on Increase in Central Americans Fleeing North

National bestselling book "Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother" has been revised and updated. The timing of this updated release comes as more Central Americans, especially children, are heading north to the U.S. in search of their family members and a better life.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario says 18,000 Central Americans are being kidnapped, usually by the Zetas drug cartel, in Mexico every year as they make this journey. Nazario spoke to TPR’s Crystal Chavez about her book and how it informs the immigration debate.

Nazario is giving a lecture at Trinity University April 2 at 7  p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

Violence Fuels Dramatic Rise in Central American Asylum-Seekers

This past year, the number of foreigners claiming that they feared returning to their home country when apprehended at the U.S. border more than doubled. About two-thirds of what are known as "credible fear" claims were made by people from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Reporter Jill Replogle was recently in Guatemala, and filed a report.

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