Monthly Archives: March 2015

Drownings spike along Rio Grande amid border crackdown

The Rio Grande is the natural frontier that separates the United States from Mexico. (Chacatorex)

The Rio Grande is the natural frontier that separates the United States from Mexico. (Chacatorex)

16 migrants dead in 6 months near Texas-Mexico border

Sabrina Martín | Pan Am Post

US Border Patrol has reported that the number of drownings in the Rio Grande — which separates Texas and four Mexican states — has grown dramatically in the last six months, as increased patrols force Mexican and Central American migrants to resort to dangerous methods to cross the border.

Raul L. Ortiz, deputy chief of Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas, told Associated Press that migrants were attempting to cross at new points in the river, leading to a spike in deaths in the river since October 2014.

NMSU host to Colombian students

Minerva Baumann | NMSU

From the jungles of Colombia to the fields of southern New Mexico, agriculture students who were once victims of the drug trade will visit New Mexico State University April 7-22 as part of its Partners of the Americas and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant.

“This project Utopia is a rural campus designed for youth who have been adversely affected by the drug industry,”

Blair Stringam, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences agricultural engineer, explained the function of a disk filter to one of the students at the Utopia project campus in Yopal, Colombia. (Photo by Mick O’Neill)

Blair Stringam, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences agricultural engineer, explained the function of a disk filter to one of the students at the Utopia project campus in Yopal, Colombia. (Photo by Mick O’Neill)

said Cornell Menking, NMSU associate provost for International and Border Programs. “We took our team down there for two weeks, as part of the grant they bring their team up here for two weeks.

“This program is a rising star in South America, they won the UNESCO Peace Award and an award from the president of the country.”

NMSU partnered with Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, to win an Innovation Fund Grant last year. NMSU’s Office of International and Border Programs spearheaded the grant “Leaders Innovating for the Reinvention of an Agricultural Sustainable Region in Peace,” which proposed the exchange between students and faculty at NMSU and La Salle’s Utopia campus.

Study: Undocumented immigrants rely on ‘luck’ to stay healthy

(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

Viji Sundaram | New America Media

BERKELEY, Calif. – Undocumented immigrants’ ability to stay healthy might come down to a matter of luck. That’s one of the findings that emerged from a study released this week by The Greenlining Institute, a national research and advocacy organization.

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