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Arizona law enforcement agencies will share in $10 million in grants for border security work, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday. Read more»

Elevated view of Presidio, Tex.

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»

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»

A demonstrator in the 'Marcha de Coraje, Dolor y Desagravio' on Feb 13.

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


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has figured out at least this much: Mexican drug dealers are, to average folks, much scarier than Mexican dishwashers. So Brewer, who is running for election, has decided to make one the face of the other — all Mexicans being interchangeable, after all. Read more» 1

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

Beyond the warring gangs and struggle for drug-trafficking routes, here are five things about Mexico’s drug war that may surprise you. Read more»

Spanish-language websites El Sol de Caborca and Numero Uno Online posted this photo of the victims' pickup truck peppered with bullet holes.

The police chief of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, and his bodyguard were shot Saturday night. Erick Landagaray Macias, and his bodyguard Luis Huerta Ibarra, were ambushed around 11 p.m. while patrolling the resort town, also known as Rocky Point. Read more»

Despite an army crackdown and vicious turf battles that have led to the capture or killings of thousands of Mexico's drug traffickers, the most notorious mobsters are still at large. Four key kingpins stand out for their power and notoriety. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Our nation’s border security efforts are a litany of failure. Border security is not a Republican issue, a Democratic issue or a campaign issue. It is an American issue. It is an issue of national security. And it is an absolute necessity. Read more»

The army patrols the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, after unrest triggered by the government's attempt to capture Christopher Coke, who faces extradition to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

With the United States and Mexico working to tighten their border, which is the preferred drug trafficking route, the Caribbean is “re-emerging as a corridor” for South American drugs to get to the U.S Read more» 1

Krentz in 2008.

The killing of rancher Robert Krentz was not random, and investigators are focusing on a suspect in the U.S., the Arizona Daily Star reports, citing anonymous sources. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announces a bill to stem the flow of cash south of the border, flanked by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik (left) and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.

With advances in technology, drug cartels no longer need to smuggle truckloads of cash across the border. Thousands of dollars can be carried across on "stored value cards," prepaid cards or smartphones that can act like credit cards. 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»

Jose Reyes Ferriz

Just days after the majority of military troops deployed to patrol the streets of the most violent city in the Americas withdrew, the city's mayor concedes his local police force is still infiltrated with elements of organized crime. Read more»

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