Tribpedia: Texas-Mexico Border

The Texas-Mexico border makes up 1,254 miles of the 1,900-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. 

The vast, mostly rural expanse stretches from El Paso in the West to Brownsville in the Southeast and is delineated by the Rio Grande River.

Border communities in Texas are some of the poorest regions of the state and the nation. If Texas ...

Narco Cinema Finds Growing Audience in Austin

Low-budget movies about narcos, or Mexican drug dealers, are displayed on a shelf in Video Mexico, a video rental store in Austin.
Low-budget movies about narcos, or Mexican drug dealers, are displayed on a shelf in Video Mexico, a video rental store in Austin.

Austin has become a growing market for Mexican narco cinema, hastily made films inspired by the cartels. The videos are popular in Austin partly because of the city's increasing population of Hispanic immigrants and Texas’ proximity to Mexico, where the inexpensive movies are made.

Longtime State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine,  pauses before answering a question at a TribLive event with Evan Smith on February 9, 2012.   gallego is running against incumbent Quico Canseco for the 23rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Longtime State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, pauses before answering a question at a TribLive event with Evan Smith on February 9, 2012. gallego is running against incumbent Quico Canseco for the 23rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gallego: Sequester Hurts Border Security, Economy

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego is taking his GOP colleagues to task on sequestration. In a letter, the freshman congressman tells border hawks they can’t be for the continued sequester and for increased border security at the same time.  

Meth Seizures Increase on Texas-Mexico Border

Seizures of methamphetamine surged by more than 100 percent on the Texas-Mexico border’s largest inland port in 2012, despite ongoing efforts by the Mexican government to curb illegal activity there. Drug enforcement officials say that shipments of the narcotic are unlikely to ebb even if they ratchet up targeted efforts against such shipments.

Micheal Cincienne of Absolute Aerospace and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, engineering student Adam Ersepke, and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza carry the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, back to the  command center after a test flight over the Kennedy Ranch near Sarita, Texas on January 18, 2013.
Micheal Cincienne of Absolute Aerospace and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, engineering student Adam Ersepke, and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza carry the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, back to the command center after a test flight over the Kennedy Ranch near Sarita, Texas on January 18, 2013.

Lege Could Ban Drone Surveillance of Private Property

State Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, says he will carry legislation to make it illegal to use an “unmanned vehicle or aircraft” — otherwise known as a drone — to capture video or photographs of private property without the consent of the property’s owner or occupant. “Why should the government or anyone else be able to watch my every move?” he says.

Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011
Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011

Texans Voice Praise, Concerns Over Immigration Plan

A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his first in a series of public comments on immigration and his push for national reform; eight senators unveiled their own plan for an overhaul of the country’s immigration system. Reaction stemmed from praise to concern over the plan’s border-security component.

A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter patrols over the Paso del Norte International Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday March 27, 2012.
A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter patrols over the Paso del Norte International Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday March 27, 2012.

Policy Shift in Mexico Seen as Push for Sovereignty

A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent says that a new security policy announced in Mexico signals a growing focus on sovereignty and a shift from some initiatives considered priorities by the United States.

A Juárez municipal police officer keeps patrol while at a murder scene in the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on May 28, 2010.
A Juárez municipal police officer keeps patrol while at a murder scene in the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on May 28, 2010.

In Mexico, a New Plan to End Drug Violence

New President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico recently announced a plan targeting violence in the country. It includes a call for protection of human rights, better inter-agency coordination and the creation of a 10,000-person police force to fight local crime. But while the country waits for results, some there aren’t placing bets that the situation will improve soon. 

A young Mexican child at a YoSoy132 protest in Mexico City's Plaza de Las Tres Culturas. The sign pleads for voters to think of the child's generation when casting their ballots.
A young Mexican child at a YoSoy132 protest in Mexico City's Plaza de Las Tres Culturas. The sign pleads for voters to think of the child's generation when casting their ballots.

Mexico's New Political Regime Sparks Activism in Texas

Weeks after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's inauguration, a group of activists in Texas is organizing a new effort they say will serve as a watchdog to monitor Mexico's treatment of its citizens. The group will meet Thursday in Austin to protest the detainment of protesters who clashed with Mexican police earlier this month.

The Rio Grande and a towering border fence separate Eagle Pass, Texas from Piedras Negras, Mexico, Saturday, February 4, 2012.
The Rio Grande and a towering border fence separate Eagle Pass, Texas from Piedras Negras, Mexico, Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Decision Nears on Coal Project in Eagle Pass

Plans for a coal mine in Eagle Pass took a step forward last month and could get final approval in January. But opponents of the proposal, who say the project raises serious health concerns, say they haven't given up the fight. Representatives of Dos Republicas Coal Partnership say the concerns are based on inaccurate information.

Mexican produce makes up 40 percent of the business Nicho Produce does in the Rio Grande Valley.
Mexican produce makes up 40 percent of the business Nicho Produce does in the Rio Grande Valley.

After 20 Years, NAFTA Draws Praise and Controversy

With 20 years of NAFTA behind them, stakeholders met in Texas to discuss its future. It was a who's who of business leaders, and they said NAFTA had enabled billions more in goods to pass through the southern border daily. But NAFTA critics say the pact has created an unbalanced economy and displaced workers.