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Andrés Rodríguez

Andrés Rodríguez is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in Spanish and English and American literature. He is part of the editorial staff at Student Publications, where he edits the bilingual student magazine, Minero Magazine. Andrés is a native El Pasoan, raised in Ciudad Juárez. His interests include cultural exchanges in the border region, education and film. Upon graduating he hopes to continue writing while teaching high school Spanish.

El Paso’s Creative Kids recognized at White House

Arts & Culture

El Paso’s Creative Kids recognized at White House

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // November 25, 2013

A UPS “sorry, we missed you” notice was sitting in front of Andrea Gates-Ingle’s art gallery in downtown El Paso one Monday in June when the gallery was closed. When she picked up the letter from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, she assumed it was a rejection letter.

But it wasn’t. More...

Homeland Security pressed to release visa overstay statistics

Government

Homeland Security pressed to release visa overstay statistics

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // November 14, 2013

Washington, DC – Members of Congress are demanding answers to the lack of data available on visa overstays in the U.S., which they say could lead to more informed decisions on comprehensive immigration reform. More...

In D.C., El Paso mayor and Chamber of Commerce call for regional military partnerships

Government

In D.C., El Paso mayor and Chamber of Commerce call for regional military partnerships

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – Regional military partnerships were at the top of the agenda for El Paso business and city government officials as they visited the nation’s capital this week. More...

Two third-place finishes for Fort Bliss at Army Ten Miler

Neighborhoods

Two third-place finishes for Fort Bliss at Army Ten Miler

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // October 21, 2013

The Fort Bliss men’s and women’s teams finished third Sunday at the Army Ten Miler. More...

New administration, new hope for human rights in Juárez

Government

New administration, new hope for human rights in Juárez

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // October 9, 2013

In 11 years, through different organizations and through the Security and Justice Board, de la Rosa said he’s hit brick walls asking for city officials to cooperate in addressing the rise in murder rates and how the police handle human rights in Ciudad Juárez. More...

Biometric plan to track entry, exit of foreign visitors won’t be ready until 2015

Government

Biometric plan to track entry, exit of foreign visitors won’t be ready until 2015

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // September 30, 2013

Congress first mandated an entry and exit system for visitors in the country in 1996. The system which was to use biometric data by 2001, is 12 years overdue, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., said in a press release. He cosponsored H.R. 3141, a measure that requires DHS to deploy a biometric exit system. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., introduced the measure on Sept. 20. More...

Mexico’s attorney general briefs U.S. audience on judicial reform

Government

Mexico’s attorney general briefs U.S. audience on judicial reform

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // September 10, 2013

Jésus Murillo Karam, who was appointed attorney general late last year, cited the capture in the last nine months of more than half of the most-wanted criminals in the U.S. and Mexico and state-federal government cooperation leading to a noticeable decrease in violence. More...

Hixson House to screen monthly film series

Arts & Culture

Hixson House to screen monthly film series

Organizers makes plans for Sunset Film Society

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // August 14, 2013

The West Yandell house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is under the care of new-owner Rosa Chavez. Chavez, the former executive director of Centro Mujeres de Esperanza, said she hopes to make the house a space to educate and entertain audiences through film and other upcoming projects. More...

Department of Community and Human Development soliciting applicants for CDBG Steering Committee

Neighborhoods

Department of Community and Human Development soliciting applicants for CDBG Steering Committee

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // August 8, 2013

The Department of Community and Human Development is accepting applications to fill four positions at the Community Development Block Grant Steering Committee, which recommends projects to receive Housing and Urban Development (HUD) federal grants to City Council. More...

Proposed immigration reform to ‘militarize’ the border

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Proposed immigration reform to ‘militarize’ the border

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 25, 2013

Refugio Macias, 59, of Sparks, Texas, a small border community next to Horizon City, supports immigration reform, but not the Hoeven-Corker amendment which would increase border security under S.744. The retired farm worker, who said he was granted citizenship under an amnesty program in 1987, complained that border patrol is harassing immigrants. Macias does not want to see the border “militarized.” More...

Local filmmakers featured at El Paso Community Foundation's Plaza Classic Film Festival

Arts & Culture

Local filmmakers featured at El Paso Community Foundation's Plaza Classic Film Festival

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 18, 2013

The Local Flavor series began with cooperation between Ep Film’s showcase— The Good, The Bad, The Indie—and the Plaza Classic Film Festival in 2008, Carlos Corral, the festival’s local film coordinator, said. “We were getting a lot more shorts. We were getting a lot of more works submitted. So, then we started to kind of expand a little bit,” he said of the early years of the series. More...

Plans presented for quieter trains around Medical Center of the Americas

Neighborhoods

Plans presented for quieter trains around Medical Center of the Americas

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 18, 2013

Preliminary designs for the modification of eleven railroad crossings around the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) were presented July 15 and 16 to the community. The joint project between Union Pacific Railroad and the City of El Paso aims to establish two quiet zones, one from San Marcial Street to Cadwallader Drive and the other from Rosewood Street to Piedras Street. The modifications will also improve safety around the crossings, officials said. More...

Updated: Construction of high-voltage power lines begins in Upper Valley residential park

Neighborhoods

Updated: Construction of high-voltage power lines begins in Upper Valley residential park

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 11, 2013

Construction on Esmeralda Park in the Upper Valley began June 24, according to the El Paso Electric Company (EPEC), and is part of a seven-mile project that extends from the substation in Santa Teresa, New Mexico to the one in Montoya. “We’re doing it to improve reliability in the area,” said Teresa Souza of EPEC, “and also to meet the growth and demand of electricity in the area.” More...

'The Bridge' lacks understanding of the border relationship

Perspectives

'The Bridge' lacks understanding of the border relationship

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 11, 2013

The two border cities, beautifully shot, are presented as independent of one another, exemplified best by Kruger’s character, Sonya Cross. She knows virtually nothing about Juárez and we never quite get the sense that there’s much cooperation between both of the cities until they begin work on the case. More...

Héctor "Teto" Murguía leaves a mixed legacy as mayor of Juárez

Government

Héctor "Teto" Murguía leaves a mixed legacy as mayor of Juárez

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 4, 2013

Ciudad Juárez in 2010 was worn out, desolate and in bad shape, says Hector “Teto” Murguía. He took office as mayor as the city reached a dangerous peak in murders per year. Today, three months from exiting his second term as mayor, he talks of the reduction of murders and says that Juárez is better off than how it was when he received it, and in some instances, better than it’s ever been. More...

Juárez mayoral candidates wrap up campaigns; PRI and PAN lead the polls

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Juárez mayoral candidates wrap up campaigns; PRI and PAN lead the polls

by Andrés Rodríguez, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire // July 4, 2013

The five Juárez mayoral candidates are María Antonieta Pérez Reyes of Partido Acción Nacional (PAN); Graciela Espejo Alvídrez of Partido de la Revolución Democrática; Héctor Hugo Avitia Arellanes of Partido del Trabajo (PT); Federico Ziga Martínez of Movimiento Ciudadano (PMC); and Enrique Serrano Escobar representing a coalition of three parties: the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM), and Nueva Alianza (PANAL). More...