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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.

Mexico has marked the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. This year, the day was transformed into a platform for nationwide protests. Anguish is mounting over the government’s response to the murders of 43 college students in September.
November 21, 2014
A case now before the courts in Texas may set a precedent in alleged racial profiling cases brought against the Border Patrol. If it succeeds, it would open a pathway for people to sue an individual agent, not simply the Border Patrol as an institution.
November 13, 2014
In a wide-ranging conversation with Democratic Rep. Bet O'Rourke of Texas, he says the United States can create a more secure border and crate jobs via economic assistance to the city of Juárez, Mexico.
October 16, 2014
Mexico's constitutional amendment that allows foreign participation in its domestic energy market has resulted in a first-ever partnership between two towns on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
September 25, 2014
In a classic Texas-style standoff between landowners and conservationists, a court ruling across the country may decide if water on the border is used for fracking oil and gas.
July 25, 2014
A conversation with professor George Grayson, co-author of a chronicle of Los Zetas, and journalist Jason McGahan, who has examined documents from recent trials of cartel leaders.
July 16, 2014
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Once inside the prison, I asked to speak with a Barrio Azteca member. What came next was a stunning example of just how interconnected we are on the border.
March 24, 2014
An important freight train route linking Mexico's Pacific ports with markets in Texas and beyond was closed in 2006. Construction on a new rail bridge needed to reopen the route is expected to start next year. The economic implications for businesses and producers in both countries are significant.
January 30, 2014
Marijuana is grown domestically and imported from countries such as Mexico, Canada and Jamaica.
A leading Mexican security analyst says legalizing marijuana in the United States will not lead to diminished violence in Mexico. That theory is disputed by pro-legalization advocates.
January 22, 2014
In their end-of-year report for 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated the agency stopped more than 420,789 people from crossing the border illegally. The number represents a 16 percent increase from the previous year.
January 21, 2014

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