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A Border Patrol agent reveals what it's really like to guard migrant children

With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.”... Read more»

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Border & immigration

State Dep't renews Mexico travel warning

The U.S. State Department has renewed its warning for Americans to avoid unnecessary travel to northern Mexico. The state of Sonora is not in the list of areas to avoid travel but Nogales, Son., is mentioned as a city where firefights have broken out.... Read more»2

Analysis

Daniel Ortega's cult of personality

Is Ortega pushing Nicaragua toward a retro-tropical dictatorship with a God complex? The constitution prohibits the president from seeking re-election, but the ruling Sandinista party, which Ortega runs like a family business, has made it clear it intends to remain in power for a long time.... Read more»

Brewer asks court to let SB 1070 take effect

Gov. Jan Brewer asked a federal court Tuesday to allow Arizona's SB 1070 to take effect July 29.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Utah 'alien' letters a mystery, Guard deploying to Az

• The source of a list of accused illegal immigrants that was sent to news outlets in Utah is still unknown. • The show must go on as the Border Governors Conference is relocated to Santa Fe. • The National Guard is deploying to Arizona next month.... Read more»

Hurricane drowns Mexico's economy

As the waters unleashed by Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie finally receded this week, Mexican officials have begun to measure the scale of the damage. The destruction, they concluded, will set the local economy back by years.... Read more»

Border Roundup: First court hearing on SB 1070; migrant deaths rise

The first court hearing on SB 1070 was held Thursday. The arguments presented will be supplemented by those to be heard on July 22. As the lawsuits begin, the effects of the new law are felt on the ground in Arizona. ... Read more»2

Isolation, poverty keep tiny border towns safe - for now

Presidio and Ojinaga, sister outposts on the either side of the Rio Grande, have long shared the misery of their isolation in the desert. Together, they’ve watched jealously over the years as other border cities have prospered. But today, the factors that have held them back keep them safe.... Read more»

Valley of Death: Bolstering security as Mexican deaths continue

For decades, residents of impoverished Mexican border towns have toiled in the fields or in the giant factories of Juárez. Those seeking more than paupers’ wages worked for the cartels. Yet their communities remained peaceful until the horror of the drug war bled into the farmland.... Read more»

Tragedy in Juárez spurs economy in El Paso

Depending on whom you ask, anywhere between 100,000 to half a million Juárenses have left Mexico since drug violence exploded in 2008. In a tragic irony, neighboring El Paso is flourishing economically as Juárez descends further into terror. (with video)... Read more»

Napolitano headed to Texas-Mexico border

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Texas' border with Mexico on Thursday when she meets with customs and local law enforcement officials in Laredo.... Read more»

Killing with impunity in Juarez

On the rare days when there are no murders in this brutal border town, editors see it as worthy of the front page. Why can't Mexican police and soldiers stop the killing in Juarez?... Read more»

Juarez: Teenage assassins

How cartels have turned the city's youth into hit men and cannon fodder in the drug war.... Read more»

Mexico's murder capital: 7 circles of Juarez

If Dante had ever been to Juarez he would have placed it squarely in the seventh circle of hell, the one housing "violence" and "ringed by a river of boiling blood."... Read more»2

Interview: Charles Bowden on the violence plaguing Juárez

Probably more than any other author, Southern Arizonan Charles Bowden has revealed the intricacies of the violence haunting Ciudad Juárez. He's swatted at flies swarming fresh bloodstains and reported from a house where bodies were drenched in acid before burial. One wonders if he didn't lose a slice of his sanity with each movement of his hand. (with audio)... Read more»

Border Roundup: SB 1070 suit not on racial profiling

Racial profiling is not a major part of the federal lawsuit challenging SB 1070. Supporters of SB 1070 donated $500,000 to defend the law. Gov. Brewer canceled the Border Governors Conference. Hurricane Alex is causing floods along the Rio Grande. ... Read more»3

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