The stories behind the stories, plus observations from living and reporting in the Southwest. This blog is written by the reporters and editors of the Fronteras Desk.
A federal judge earlier this week compelled the U.S. Homeland Security Department to release images of its Border Patrol holding cells in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The holding cells have long been referred to as hieleras, or ice boxes, because of the freezing temperatures inside.
Amnesty International has released a scathing report on the physical and psychological torture of women arrested by the Mexican Army and police. This reinforces the United Nations conclusion that torture is common in Mexico.
Wider locks have opened, allowing the latest megaships to get through the Panama Canal— the link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The implications for the U.S. economy will be profound once Asian demand for goods like Arizona cotton and Texas oil and natural gas rebounds.
Six landowners in west Texas have won awards in the millions of dollars against a U.S. company contracted by Mexico to build a controversial natural gas pipeline. The pipeline will carry Texas natural gas to Mexico. Texas has granted power to seize private land on the U.S. side even though Mexico is paying for the pipeline.
Part 3: The border Mexico shares with Guatemala has changed since Mexico began its southern border plan in 2014. A town that once symbolized the migrant trail is now emblematic of how migration routes have splintered and become more dangerous.
Several public libraries on the border in Arizona and Texas have received 3D printers that are transforming those libraries, making them a magnet for learning new industrial technologies.
Department of Homeland Security says this past October, the number of unaccompanied minors from Central America attempting to enter the U.S. illegally almost doubled compared to the same month in 2014. Many cite gang violence as a motive for leaving.
The city of Juárez is a major barometer of violence in Mexico. The government claims violence is decreasing there. But residents of the Juárez Valley — which lies along the border for 55 miles beside the city — paint a totally different picture.
The price of a barrel of U.S. crude oil has plummeted by more than 50 percent since June 2014. U.S. producers claim that they're at a competitive disadvantage because they're restricted to selling their oil domestically at a time when they desperately need new markets abroad.
The US has fortified the border with Mexico since 9-11 largely in the name of thwarting terrorism. But some security experts believe there’s a greater potential threat of terrorists entering the US from the northern border with Canada than from across the border with Mexico.