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A soldier guarding a checkpoint in Ciudad Mier stands in front of a sign riddled with bullet holes.

The Mexican city of Ciudad Mier is limping back to normalcy a month after residents were forced to abandon their homes amid threats by the notorious Los Zetas cartel. Read more»

Mexican professionals are networking in El Paso as a result of the violence that's ravaged its sister city across the border. "A lot of us had to leave and take our business and find another market," says the founder of the "LaRED" business group. Read more»

Héctor "Teto" Murguía Lardizábal took the helm of the troubled Mexican border city Sunday from former mayor José Reyes Ferriz. Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, is embroiled in a war among drug cartels and law enforcement that has resulted in more than 6,600 murders since 2008. Read more»

Ciudad Juárez at dusk looking west toward Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

Along the border, the beheadings and bombings carried out by drug cartels are drawing comparisons to murders by Muslim extremists — not surprising, given the war-like death toll of 8,100 so far this year in Mexico. Yet diplomats from both sides reject the notion that Mexico is a "failed state." Read more» 1

The border wall in Nogales, photographed in 2006.

Controversial SB 1070 provisions blocked by judge • Drug violence is pushing some Sonorans to move across the border • Climate change may increase immigration Read more»

A portable surveillance tower near Douglas, 2007.

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

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»

Near the border in Tijuana.

In national immigration news, the federal government filed a lawsuit against SB 1070, causing mixed reactions in Arizona. South of the border, the gunfight that left 21 people dead in northern Sonora was the result of a feud between drug gangs. Read more» 3

Downtown El Paso, with Juarez just beyond.

Cuidad Juárez's mayoral election has Texas' economic leaders intrigued. For residents in the city plagued by cartel violence, little change is expected, and many brace for continued bloodshed. Read more»

David Romo gives a tour of El Paso just north of the Mexican border.

Historian David Romo calls both El Paso and Juarez home. The day after a gunfight in Juarez sent a bullet across the border — into the wall of El Paso City Hall no less — he describes how violence has changed local business in both cities, and his own life. Read more»

The border fence in Nogales, 2004.

In the last few days the SB 1070 debate has continued to evolve, including a possible federal lawsuit against the controversial law. In addition, there were shootings on the Arizona/Sonora border and members of the Texas Legislature are proposing the use of microwave weaponry on the border. Read more»

José Reyes Ferriz, mayor of Ciudad Juárez, speaks about the history of violence in his border city across the Rio Grande from El Paso.

Though he is hopeful conditions in his city will improve, Juarez's mayor said the drug trafficking at the root of Mexico's problems will continue as long as the U.S. maintains its insatiable appetite for narcotics. Read more»

Senior leaders from the United States and Mexico agreed the two countries will begin swapping intelligence on suspected terrorists and Mexican felons following discussions in Mexico City on Tuesday. Read more»

A car is searched at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lawmakers from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border were in Mexico City last week discussing plans to combat growing border drug violence (Audio report). Read more»

The border, El Paso, TX and Cuidad Juarez, Mexico.

Ciudad Juarez is no stranger to bloodshed. But the recent killings of three people tied to the U.S. consulate — including a pregnant consulate employee and her husband — have raised a new question here in Mexico: How will the U.S. respond to an attack on its citizens? Read more»

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