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El Paso sheriff on border violence, immigration & SB 1070

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles is the top law enforcement official in one of America's safest big cities: El Paso has seen just one murder this year. Yet just across the city's and the nation's border, in Juárez, more than 6,000 people have been murdered since 2008.... Read more»

In Juarez car bomb, a ruthless trap for police

Raids on American-owned explosives could be behind sophisticated car bomb set off in Ciudad Juarez. ... 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

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»

Border Roundup: SB 1070 has unexpected political fallout

• The number of lawsuits challenging SB 1070 continues to grow as racial profiling issue takes center stage. • Federal agents are scouring corporate records to find illegal workers. • 1070 has some unintended political consequences.... Read more»1

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

Same as the old boss: Meet the new mayor of Juárez

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»

Historian talks violence on El Paso/Juarez 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»

Border & immigration

Texas border cameras costing $153,800 per arrest

Twenty-nine cameras have been installed on the 1,200-mile Texas-Mexico border, or one camera for every 41 miles. Internet viewers have helped police make a total of 26 arrests — that's about $153,800 per arrest. And some agencies are not even using the cameras.... Read more»

Border violence

U.S. drug demand fuels chaos in Mexico, says Juárez mayor

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»

Juarez mayor says local police still corrupted

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»

Border

Explaining the violence in Northern Mexico

An audio report from KUT in Texas breaks down the uptick in violent crime in Northern Mexico.... Read more»

Border

Two hours in Juárez

A trip into a border city scarred by the narco-war. The biggest risk is getting mugged, not getting shot. Small comfort.... Read more»

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