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Jellyfish Colectivo is a collaboration of four artists in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
January 26, 2013

The week's top stories from Fronteras Desk.

Contemporary Artists Along The U.S.-Mexico Border

Art has a way of redefining public spaces, particularly those marked by hardship or violence. This is what drew photographer Stefan Falke to the U.S.-Mexico border. Falke is capturing the work of binational artists for a project he calls La Frontera.

"Many people … have no idea whatsoever of these cities," said the German-born resident of Brooklyn, N.Y. "They think there's nothing here. There's dirt roads and donkeys and tequila and shootings. They have no idea that they are modern cities with modern institutions, art museums."

Photo by Jude Joffe-Block
Elisa Vega (in yellow) was granted a work permit but is ineligible for an Arizona driver's license.

DACA Driver's License Debate In Arizona

Democratic lawmakers, young immigrants and immigrant rights advocates called on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to reverse an Executive Order banning young immigrants who qualify for a federal program from receiving driver's licenses.

More than 14,000 young immigrants in Arizona who were brought to this country illegally as children have applied to the new Obama administration program that grants work permits and a reprieve from deportation for two years.

Mexico City's Epic Transformation From Most Polluted City To Sustainable Transportation Hub

The United Nations named Mexico City as the world’s most polluted city in 1992. Since then, the city has taken tremendous strides to get its air pollution with (from the Washington Post article) “skies so poisonous that birds dropped dead in flight” to reasonable levels.

The city just won a prestigious international green award.

Tribes Vulnerable To Climate Change Health Impacts

A group of scientists from universities, research institutes and federal agencies say we can blame climate change for an increase in heat stroke, respiratory problems and other health issues across the Southwest in coming years.

And they have found Native American tribes to be particularly at risk.

Photo by Mónica Ortiz Uribe
An immigrant ID card from the 1920s and 30s for Rosaura Piñera, who later became a U.S. citizen at age 100.

Our Reporter's Personal Connection To Immigration Reform

Monica Ortiz Uribe's great-grandmother became an American citizen at age 100.

Before she was here illegally just as an estimated 11 million others live today. Her big opportunity came in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, or as Spanish speakers know it, "la amnistía."