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In Ciudad Juárez, shelters already strained beyond capacity brace for MPP reinstatement

A shelter just across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso was already straining to keep up with growing needs, and now advocates are concerned how the city will accommodate migrants after the Biden administration was ordered to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols. ... Read more»

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In the middle of the Rio Grande, separated families reunite for 3 minutes

The Hugs Not Walls event put on by the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights, in partnership with the Mexican and United States governments, allows families from both sides of the river with no legal means to reunite to reconnect for a brief embrace in the middle of the Rio Grande.... Read more»

As school year begins, talented violinist among Mexican students struggling to get visas for U.S. education

As the first day of classes neared, violinist Rodrigo Cardona Cabrera was filled with anticipation. After years of hard work, the 19-year-old Juárez native earned a scholarship to study music at Texas Tech. But his dream of studying music abroad nearly came crashing down when the U.S. consulate was shuttered because of COVID-19.... Read more»

11 Juárez maquiladora workers have died of COVID-19

Chihuahua State health authorities confirmed 11 of the 16 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ciudad Juárez are maquiladora factory workers.... Read more»

Travel restrictions at U.S.-Mexico border have area businesses grappling with uncertainty

The potential collapse of cross-border commerce has added border store owners to the ranks of Texas restaurateurs and other small businesses who don’t know how they’ll be able to make ends meet.... Read more»

Broken Borders

Asylum-seeking migrants pushed farther south into Mexico, left to fend for themselves

Migrants have been bused to Monterrey and, they say, Chiapas under an ever-changing and often brutal “remain in Mexico” program. The policy is being carried out up and down the border by the Trump Administration in a controversial partnership with the Mexican government.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump wrong about wall effect in El Paso

President Donald Trump falsely claimed that El Paso, Texas went from “one of the most dangerous cities in the country to one of the safest cities in the country overnight” after “a wall was put up” along the Mexico border.... Read more»

Pope Francis' border mass awes El Paso Catholics

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive.... Read more»

As Ciudad Juárez prepares for Pope's visit, so do activists

From city officials working to rebrand Ciudad Juárez as a safe and organized metropolis to the mother and daughter who met along opposite sides of a border fence, Pope Francis' visit here is fraught with symbolism. ... Read more»

Opinions split in border city over Mexican court ruling to ease marijuana law

When Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled this fall that individuals have the right to grow marijuana for personal use, it did little to resolve the issue in border towns like Ciudad Juarez that have long been the scene of bloody drug wars.... Read more»

Where are Mexico’s top 10 drug lords now?

Mexican security forces have captured or killed most major cartel bosses. The latest arrest came on Friday, when federal forces raided a house in Morelia, Michoacan, and nabbed Servando “La Tuta” Gomez. But a number of them are still at large. ... Read more»

Residents of forgotten Mexican town flee to Texas

As officials in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez celebrate a drop in crime in the Mexican border city, residents in nearby Guadalupe, Chihuahua continue fleeing to Texas in droves amid continuing violence and corruption.... Read more»

Obituary

Border chronicler Charles Bowden dead at 69

Updated: Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term "journalist" — is dead at 69. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez. Bowden was a dogged reporter and brilliant storyteller with a passion for the truth.... Read more»5

Mexico's got a serious bullying problem. Blame the cartels?

The tragic death of a 12-year-old has sparked a national debate on schoolyard violence. Politicians and psychologists point to the bloodshed outside the gates.... Read more»

Texas senator tours Ciudad Juárez in low-key trip to Mexico

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn made his first-ever trip to Ciudad Juárez on Friday and said he felt safe in the border city. He said that was partially due to U.S. help in Mexico, and also said the U.S. bears some responsibility for the violence. ... Read more»

Mexico investigating female vigilante 'bus driver hunter'

Mexican prosecutors said Monday they were investigating claims that a female vigilante who calls herself "Diana the huntress" killed two bus drivers in the city of Ciudad Juarez last week.... Read more»

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