The Mexican border town of Mexicali is making a push for more tourists from the American Southwest to visit that city's dentists, surgeons and doctors. Starting April 30, medical tourists from the U.S. with the right documents will be able to skip much of the wait on the Mexican side of the border by using a new designated medical tourism lane.
Mexicali's tourism director, Omar Dipp, says the new lane is one part of the city's plan to boost medical tourism by 50 percent.
Senate Bill 1070 may be Arizona’s most famous self-deportation bill, but it was not the first. Long before legislators came up with a law that would make it difficult to live in Arizona, they passed a law that made it difficult to work in Arizona. This was the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act.
A federal judge stopped the most controversial parts of Arizona's 2010 immigration law from going into effect. But supporters say that hasn't prevented the law from achieving one of its stated goals: Thousands of people who were living in Arizona illegally have left.
Jossie is one of them.
"A lot of time when the police was driving behind me, start shaking my body, stop breathing," says the mother of two teenagers, who now lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jossie is still afraid of getting deported, so we agreed not to use her last name.
The terms "Latino" and "Hispanic" are often used interchangeably. In fact, we, at the Fronteras Desk, have done so in our reporting. But we recently embarked on an investigative journey to figure out what those terms really mean, and which term most accurately describes the population we often assume it does.
She would have been the youngest person to have hiked the entire length of the Grand Canyon - about a thousand miles off trail. Ioana Hociota, 24, was close to her goal when she stepped on the wrong rock and died in a hiking accident.
These four individuals have all been arrested by Nevada police agencies in the last 12 months on charges relating to practicing medicine without a license. Clockwise: Juan Alberto Ruan-Rivera, Edgar Orozco-Abundis, Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez and Ruben
Shops known as botanicas sell natural medicine, herbs, candles and religious items. Some shops stick to those items, while others have been known to offer back-room medical procedures and medicines without a prescription.
After an illegal cosmetic surgery left a Las Vegas woman dead last year, Nevada state officials have begun to take action against the practice of unlicensed medicine within the state’s growing immigrant population.
Last spring, two supposed doctors from Colombia visited Las Vegas and began performing cosmetic procedures. A 42-year old woman named Elena Caro, who herself was from Colombia, went to them on April 9, 2011 for a buttocks lift.
For years, the United States has issued travel warnings for visitors to Mexico, but now a group of lawmakers want one issued for southern Arizona. That has officials along the Arizona border upset. They say a state travel warning will scare tourists away.