When The Border Is Just Next-Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life

Heard on Morning Edition   Depending on where you sit, the US-Mexico border is: a.) a dangerous frontier that allows drug traffickers and illegal immigrants to cross freely into the U.S. or b.) a familiar frontier that's navigated as a regular part of everyday life. Continue reading

This man has tried crossing the U.S.-Mexico border 5 times. He says he won’t try again

By Joshua Barajas As part of a reporting trip, the PBS NewsHour’s Joshua Barajas visited a soup kitchen for recently deported migrants in Mexico that’s a stone’s throw from the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales, Arizona. There, he met a 37-year-old husband and father who, days earlier, tried to cross the border into the U.S. He was not successful. Continue reading

How increased security affects life for border residents

In a sleepy, no-stoplight town 25 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border, you'll pass surveillance towers, border agents on patrol and checkpoints. This is life along the border, where security has been ramped up significantly since 9/11, sweeping up American citizens in its wake.   Continue reading

After an Immigration Raid, a City's Students Vanish

By Johnathan Blitzer David Morales teaches social studies at Mayfield High School, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of a hundred thousand people, located fifty miles north of the Mexican border. Some of his students are the children of undocumented immigrants, and a few of them might even be undocumented themselves. Continue reading

Judge: Arizona cross-border shooting case stays in federal court

By Howard Fischer A federal judge has rejected claims by a Border Patrol agent that he can’t be tried on murder charges in his court. Continue reading

Can border agents inspect your electronic devices? It's a tricky subject.

By ACLU We’ve been getting a lot of questions about when border agents can legally conduct searches of travelers’ electronic devices at international airports and other ports of entry. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple. Continue reading

ACLU Files Claim Against Customs and Border Protection for Alleged Sexual Assault of Teen Sisters in Texas

By Monique Judge The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Wednesday filed two claims with the federal government on behalf of two sisters who were allegedly sexually assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year. Continue reading

Arizona-based Border Patrol agent convicted of bribery, drug trafficking

By Rafael Carranza A Border Patrol agent stationed in Nogales will spend more than 13 years behind bars, after he was convicted on federal bribery and drug-trafficking charges. Continue reading

In ‘unprecedented no-show’ U.S. officials skip Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings

U.S. government policies and practices on immigration, indigenous rights and the treatment of asylum seekers were the subject of hearings today at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States. But, for the first time in organization’s history, the U.S. government didn’t even send an official representative to the hearings. Shannon Young has more. Continue reading

Why the US should treat Mexico as a vital partner, not a punching bag

  Mexico is one of the most important countries in the world for the United States. It’s the second-largest buyer of US goods, the third-biggest consumer of US agricultural products and America’s third-most-important trading partner, after China and Canada. We trade over a million dollars of stuff every minute. Continue reading

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