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.
The face of migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States is changing. Immigration arrest statistics from Mexico for the first six months of 2016 mirror a rise in detentions by U.S. border agents of Africans and Asians trying to illegally enter the U.S. on the southwest border.
Energy reform in Mexico implies economic and political change as well as an opportunity or U.S. energy companies in Mexico’s domestic oil and gas markets. Lorne Matalon speaks with Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University.
When the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán and five others were abducted from a restaurant on Mexico's Pacific coast last week, analysts said revenge attacks would follow. The younger Guzmán is wanted by the U.S. for alleged drug trafficking while working for his father's Sinaloa Federation. But on Saturday, Guzmán was released unharmed.
Thousands of small-scale coffee growers in Central America and Mexico are better off because of fair trade. But the system is fraying at the seams in one of the world's most important coffee-growing regions because of low prices, a damaging fungus and unscrupulous middlemen.
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.