Best Of The Border (4/7-4/12)

The mule train delivers food, supplies and mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Laurel Morales
By John Rosman
April 13, 2013

Grand Canyon Mules To Stop Delivering Packages

It’s a long way from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the bottom where the Colorado River flows. Since the 1920s mules have delivered mail and care packages to the boatmen and backpackers at Phantom Ranch, a small outpost on the floor of the canyon.

But now the company that runs the mule train says it’s too much of a burden. The last day for package delivery will be April 15.

Labor Unions Have A Big Stake In Immigration Reform

Union membership has been declining steadily for decades. Legalizing the 11 million immigrants without current legal status could be a boon for union membership and their ability to raise wages and living standards.

In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit sets out to find his father who went north. Author Duncan Tonatiuh uses Pancho to tell the story of thousands of families crossing the border. Credit: Duncan Tonatiuh

An Allegory For Children About Crossing The Dangerous Border

Pancho the Rabbit is on a journey. After two years absent, Pancho decides to travel north to find his father who went looking for work in the carrot fields. Along the way he meets a coyote, a seasoned traveler who offers help in exchange for food.

The story is an allegorical picture book, intended to teach young readers — ages 6 to 9 years old— about the hardships and danger migrants face crossing the border.

Boquillas Crossing Re-Opens

The famous west Texas — unmanned— crossing re-opens after 11 years. The crossing features a rowboat ferrying visitors across the Rio Grande to the tiny Mexican village Boquillas.

The crossing closed in 2002, shut down in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Lorne Matalon
A member Los Diablos wildfire fighting team crosses Rio Grande legally into United States. (Photo by Lorne Matalon)

Los Diablos: Mexican Firefighters In The US

Even in a post-Sept. 11 world, there is one group of people with permission from the United States government to freely — and legally — cross into the country from Mexico and back without passing through a formal border crossing.

It’s a crew of firefighters from Mexico that U.S. authorities say are among the best in the world in fighting wildfires.

Is 'The Most Important Website In Mexico' Stealing Work From Mexican Journalists?

In a blurb about the new Blog Del Narco book, the blog's owners write: “The authorities and the traditional mediums of information wanted to create the image that here, nothing is happening when really, everything is happening.”

Yet, Blog Del Narco reports on the exact same stories the Mexican journalists report on. The blog, and now a new book written by the blog owners, claims they are the only ones reporting the truth in Mexico.