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The Feast of San Sebastian: A Dark Tale Of Human Trafficking In Puerto Rico

Jonathan Marcantoni
La Perla community in Puerto Rico.

Fronteras: One of the fastest growing cities in the Southwest is squeezing out pronghorn antelope. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico through a dam that usually stops it. Some estimates show that the Obama administration has hit two million deportations, which is prompting protests across the country. Also, we speak to San Antonio Author Jonathan Marcantoni about his book, "The Feast of San Sebastian," human trafficking in Puerto Rico and his Puerto Rican identity.

Urban Sprawl Squeezes Pronghorn Antelope Out

When we think of the West, we picture wide open spaces. But roads, new homes and commercial buildings have cut across those spaces and that development is having an impact on the pronghorn antelope, especially in one of the fastest growing parts of the southwest -- Prescott Valley in northern Arizona. From the Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports.

Incursion by Mexican soldiers into Arizona confirmed

It has now been confirmed that two camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona in January, touching off a standoff with U.S. Border Patrol agents. Both sides drew their weapons before the the Mexican soldiers were detained. Fronteras Desk's Lorne Matalon reports.

US-Mexico Partnership Brings Water To Dry Colorado Delta

For the first time in almost 20 years the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico – and through a dam that usually stops it. It’s part of an agreement between the Mexican and U.S. governments, as well as nonprofits in both countries. It’s called a pulse flow, which is a temporary release of water. Stina Sieg recently traveled across the border to see the effect it’s having on Mexico’s long-barren delta.

Two Million Deportation Mark Draws Protest, Debate

Protests are planned around the country this weekend to commemorate what some estimate to be the Obama administration’s two millionth deportation. But as Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, some on the other side of the debate are concerned the administration has been padding the numbers.

"The Feast of San Sebastian": Human Trafficking in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican author and San Antonio resident Jonathan Marcantoni makes an appearance at the San Antonio Book Fair this weekend. Jonathan Marcantoni’s novel, “The Feast of San Sebastaian” was just released in Spanish as an e-book. It was published in English first.

“The Feast of San Sebastian” is a no-holds-barred story about the complex, brutal and far-reaching effects of human trafficking and labor trafficking in Puerto Rico. Marcantoni told Fronteras host Crystal Chavez he spent a lot of his childhood and teenage years going back and forth to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, where is family is from. His time there helped inform and set the scene for his book.

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