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FRONTERAS: Search For Missing Migrants; Mayan Interpreters; & Mental Health Of Young Immigrants

Ely Ortiz, founder of Aguilas Del Desierto, poses for a portrait on Aug. 26, 2017, at the base camp outside Ajo, Arizona, where he and nearly two dozen others prepare for daylong treks into the desert to search for missing migrants.

This week on Fronteras:

  • A farmworker searches for migrants who go missing while crossing the border.
  • The demand for Mayan interpreters in the U.S. is on the rise (4:27).
  • The emotional health of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who face losing their special status in March (10:42).

Farmworker Searches For Dead And Dying Migrants
Every year, thousands of migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border searching for a better life. But not everyone crosses safely. Some migrants who cross the border illegally on their journey into the U.S. go missing. KPBS Fronteras reporter Jean Guerrero brings us the story of a farmworker who dedicates his free time to searching for those missing.

Credit Elizabeth Trovall
Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Rush Carter

Mayan Interpreters Scrambling To Immigrate Ahead Of Border Wall

Since the late 1970s, Guatemalans have been crossing the border into the U.S. in large numbers, taking their indigenous languages with them. As Guatemalan immigration continues under a climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, demand for translators of America’s ancient languages is on the rise. Marfa Public Radio’s Elizabeth Trovall explains.


Threat Of Deportation Affecting Mental Health Of DACA Dreamers

Credit Rice University
Luz Garcini

In September 2017, President Trump announced that protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would end for thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally with their parents. Trump gave Congress six months to extend those protections for these so-called dreamers, but no solution appears to be on the horizon.

How is this heightened threat of deportation affecting the mental health of dreamers? Luz Garcini, postdoctoral fellow at Rice University’s department of psychology, is studying the psychological stresses on the undocumented community. She created an anonymous online survey for young undocumented immigrants and their families to measure their level of stress.


Norma Martinez can be reached by email at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1