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FRONTERAS: Economics on the Border

Photo by Katie Schoolov / KPBS

This week on Fronteras:   


  • A look at economics.  Mexicans are spending more money in Tijuana in reaction to the Trump Administration’s immigration policies.
  • The economics of gentrification and its pricey effects on a long standing Latino-African American neighborhood in West Dallas.
  •  Giving low income high school students a chance to make a major economic difference in their lives.



Border Economics:  Tijuana Sales Soar As San Diego Sales Sink

On Fronteras this week, we’re taking a look at economics.  President Trump’s stance on immigration is fueling a new form of patriotism among Mexicans and that is fueling economics at the border.


The Trump Administration’s actions on immigration are reshaping the way consumers are spending money in the San Diego-Tijuana region. And Mexico is reaping profits that used to come to the U.S.   Jean Guerrero of KPBS explains.

The Story   


Credit By Nicholas McVicker
A clothing store in San Ysidro offers discounted rates, May 10, 2017.


For more on this trend, Jean’s KPBS colleague, Maureen Cavanaugh talked with Jason Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce.

The Story


Credit Courtney Collins
Rosemary Guerra sits on the porch of her home in Oak Cliff. She moved from her West Dallas home in November, soon after HMK Ltd.’s initial eviction notice.


Gentrification’s Effect On The Economics Of Living

For seven months, Latino and African American families living in small, weathered rental homes in West Dallas were told they had to clear out by early June.  But recently everything changed. The landlord who had refused to bring the homes up to code offered to sell those homes to the tenants—and a judge pushed the move deadline to October.  Here’s the thing though, most of the families who’d been renting have already left. KERA’s Courtney Collins looks at where they’ve gone and how their economics of living has changed.

The Story


Demetrius McCall, Kevin Leija, and Peggy Rhoads, Director of Development at Genesys Works


Students Get Lessons In Corporate Economics

When a teenager gets a job, many times it means flipping burgers or ringing a cash register at a retail or grocery store.  A nonprofit organization in Houston is helping disadvantaged students change that by replacing their school backpacks for briefcases.  Genesys Works secures internships in corporate America these students might not otherwise get. Houston Public Media’s Marissa Cummings reports the year-long program motivates students to succeed in the business world which can make a huge economic difference in their lives.

The Story