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On Fronteras: Poll Shows Border Residents Don’t Want Trump Wall, Alamo Excavates To Find Lost Walls

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A Trump Ocean Resort Baja highway billboard with a large photo of Donald Trump that advertises condos for sale remains on the project lot on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico, Feb. 27, 2009.

This week on Fronteras: 

·         As Donald Trump becomes the GOP presidential nominee, a new poll shows residents on both sides of U.S.-Mexico border don’t want his proposed wall.

·         Investors in a Mexican resort promoted by Donald Trump that never got built say they were duped by the presidential nominee.

·         Should crimes against police be hate crimes? Texas Governor Greg Abbott thinks so. But some crime experts worry the strategy will backfire.

·         Archaeological teams are digging around the Alamo in San Antonio searching for clues to the Shrine of Texas Liberty’s lost outer boundaries and other unknown facts.

Donald Trump Becomes GOP Presidential Nominee

It’s now official, the man who wants to build a wall on the border between America and our neighbor to the south is the Republican presidential nominee.

Donald Trump Junior cast the ballots that gave his father the nomination at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

SOT Donald Trump Jr:  "It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates, (applause) Congratulations Dad, we love you. (applause)"

Border Poll Shows Residents On Both Sides Oppose Wall

Trump’s nomination has not been unanimous among the GOP.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz refused to endorse the businessman when he took the stage at the convention Wednesday night.  And a new poll shows the majority of people who live on both sides of the border don’t want the wall Trump says he’ll build if elected.

Cronkite News of the University of Arizona, the Dallas Morning News and Univision conducted the bilingual poll which questioned many people in cross-border sister cities like San Diego and Tijuana. It indicates 72 percent of border residents living in the U.S. and 86 percent of those in Mexico – are against putting up a wall. Tom Fudge of KPBS found out more about how the people there feel from Cronkite News borderlands bureau director Angela Kocherga.

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Trump Wins Some Hispanic Support

Hispanic Republicans at this week’s convention are weighing Donald Trumps’ comments about immigration and the border as they consider their support.   Gina Castaneda is a delegate from San Antonio.  She told Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler she’s supporting Trump, with a few reservations.

Trump Mexico Resort Investors Speak Out

Several years ago, about 250 people bought Tijuana oceanfront condos sold under Donald Trump’s name.  But they were never built.  Disgruntled buyers say there were deceived by the GOP presidential nominee and fear voters will experience the same disillusionment. Fronteras reporter Jean Guerrero of KPBS has more.

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Court Rules Against Texas Voter ID Law

It appears more voters will be able to cast ballots when voters go to the polls this November in Texas.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled the Texas Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act.  The law made it harder for minorities to vote. KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports.

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Should Crimes Targeting Police Be Hate Crimes?

The killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge has Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wanting to classify targeted attacks on police as “hate crimes.” KERA’s Chris Connelly looks into what that would actually mean -- and talks with hate crime experts about what impact it would have on their cause.

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Digging For Lost Walls At The Alamo

Here in San Antonio, the Alamo grounds are now an archaeological dig site as engineers search for the original south and western walls of the mission. This is part of the Alamo’s master plan and redevelopment after reaching status as a World Heritage Site.

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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules