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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.

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
One hundred years ago, Jan. 10,1914, Pancho Villa's rebel fighters routed Mexican federal troops at Ojinaga, Chihuahua, across from Presidio, Texas. To mark the anniversary of a battle that helped change the course of modern day Mexican history, the Chihuahua State Legislature and members of the state Supreme Court joined private citizens to invoke Villa's memory as an example that modern Mexico should follow.
January 13, 2014
"Part of our slogan has been 'what part of sacred don't you understand?'" said Klee Benally, a Navajo activist who has protested against the practice of pumping treated wastewater several miles up the mountain to make snow.
December 24, 2013
In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and critically injuring at least 16 others.
August 27, 2013
The Newseum is a great resource and opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the work that so many great journalists have done, and are still doing.
June 14, 2013
The jungle is alive with anxiety. It's not the big cats or wild snakes that send me into fits. It's the tiny clusters of life clinging to every branch that send a hot wire through my brain.
June 05, 2013
The Southwest was in me, and it wasn’t going away. Kind of a shock for a Northern California kid, raised on oceans, redwood trees and traffic.
May 27, 2013
I'd like to think I inspired a few women when I drove through the Mexican countryside solo.
May 23, 2013
Meeting members of one family who live on both sides of the border, when their own relatives can't visit.
May 17, 2013
Former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide on May 10 by a national court. Some say the decision will sow more division in the country. I think it will do the opposite.
May 16, 2013


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