Category: Special Reports

Border Crossroads Part II

“See how there are trees around here? And when i walked through here there was nothing like this, it’s incredible,” -Araceli “every year i place myself there, forced to stay there against my will and i wish to no longer revisit, not even in memory, nor do i want to return, like do every year, because I’ve done it for the past 24 years, this will be the 24th year. I wish to no longer return… I want to be free,” It is for this reason that Araceli decides, with our help, to return to sarita in person, retracing her steps of that summer. After asking for a man by the name of “Juan”, we were able to locate the house where she was allegedly held captive. But even after Araceli confirmed the location and questioned Mr. Juan Lerma, he acknowledged everything she ran by him except remembering who she was. Juan “well there was a lady that once stayed here stayed here for a while, but i don’t recall who you are,” There is no criminal history on Mr. Lerma that would tie him to any of the accusations made by the 64-year-old housekeeper. This according to Kennedy County Sheriff’s office. However they are not surprised to hear about immigrants exposing themselves to such dangers. “there is just so much ranch land that people come from Raymondville, from...

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Border Crossroads

“We received your letters on august 14th where you tell us you are being held captive. Without knowing anything more, and without thinking further, I’ll immediately gave mom the bad news about your abduction,” says Araceli Herrera, domestic worker, alleged human trafficking victim. 24 years ago, Araceli Herrera read this letter for the first time. Written by her sister from Mexico City, worried for her wellbeing after she informed her family of the terrible odyssey she endured while finding her way in the land of opportunities. “I worked in many jobs but I wanted to study. I didn’t want...

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Navajo candidate to appeal ruling in language case

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo presidential candidate says he will appeal to the tribe’s high court in a case challenging his ability to speak Navajo. A tribal hearing officer on Thursday ruled against Chris Deschene (des-CHEE’-nee) after he repeatedly refused to answer questions in Navajo. Tribal law requires presidential hopefuls to speak fluent Navajo and understand the language said to be handed down by deities. Deschene has 10 days to appeal to the tribe’s Supreme Court. Two of his primary election opponents filed grievances against him, saying he lied about being fluent in Navajo. Hearing officer Richie...

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Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday

It’s been an exciting year so far with honeymoons and super moons and in October we have a chance to see a crimson red eclipse so get ready for a big show. A total lunar eclipse will take place on Wednesday October 8th. It is the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2014. The eclipse will be visible in its entirety over the northern pacific. Viewers in North America will experience the eclipse after midnight on Wednesday, October 8, and the eclipse will be visible from the western pacific, Australia, entire Indonesia, Japan and eastern Asia after sunset...

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Special Series: A New Beginning

It was a typical day at the Salazar household until the unthinkable happened. Roberto’s 2-year-old son Leonardo had his toes completely severed off by the tractor. The family put the toes on ice and rushed him to the hospital where plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Moncada told the Salazar family they had two choices and very little time. The family decided to have Dr. Moncada replant Leonardo’s foot; Leonardo went through two grueling surgeries, totaling 18 hours, a week in the hospital and months of therapy. The replantation process is not an easy task. The surgeon had to correctly attach...

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