Tribpedia: Texas-Mexico Border

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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 border ...

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2011 UP Settlement Could Impact Bridge Dispute

The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.
The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.

Cameron County and federal officials remain at an impasse over the funding of the transfer of a scanning machine, a stalemate that could stall the West Rail Bypass International Bridge's debut. A potential fix could be tied to a 2011 settlement between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Union Pacific.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.

Castro: No Split Among Democrats on Immigration Reform

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said that despite reports that some Democrats are urging their colleagues not to work with Republicans on immigration reform, the party wants to see something pass before the year ends.

Bruce Ballou, left, and Jose Luis Perez tutor a teenager participating in the alternative education program in Maverick County.
Bruce Ballou, left, and Jose Luis Perez tutor a teenager participating in the alternative education program in Maverick County.

Border Officers See Hope in Reduced Juvenile Offenders

In the Eagle Pass area, the number of juvenile felony cases referred to Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Bruce Ballou has fallen more than 40 percent since 2012. It's a sign, he says, that his rehabilitative approach is working. 

Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

U.S. House Democrats Make New Immigration Reform Push

In an effort to keep immigration reform alive during the debate over the government shutdown, congressional Democrats have filed legislation that includes elements of a border-security measure backed by a key GOP leader.

Veterinarian and cattle buyer Jesús Baca discusses how cattle were inspected before the USDA pulled its American inspectors from Mexico.
Veterinarian and cattle buyer Jesús Baca discusses how cattle were inspected before the USDA pulled its American inspectors from Mexico.

After Federal Change, Border Cattle Industry Struggles

A federal decision last year to move USDA cattle inspectors from Ojinaga, Mexico, to Presidio, Texas, has crippled the local livestock industry on both sides of the impoverished border, ranchers and cattle importers say.

Maricruz Valtierra Zuniga, left, poses with her husband, Edgar Falcon, after their wedding ceremony on the Paso del Norte Bridge .
Maricruz Valtierra Zuniga, left, poses with her husband, Edgar Falcon, after their wedding ceremony on the Paso del Norte Bridge .

Border Wedding Ceremony Highlights Immigration Battle

A Mexican woman who falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen nearly a decade ago is barred from ever entering this country, despite her marriage on Tuesday to an American living in El Paso. It's a rule one Texas congressman hopes to change. 

 

U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juárez, Ian Brownlee, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for La Rodadora: Espacio Interactivo museum.
U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juárez, Ian Brownlee, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for La Rodadora: Espacio Interactivo museum.

Ian Brownlee: The TT Interview

The U.S. consul general in Ciudad Juárez on whether the war in Juárez is over, what the U.S. is doing to help and what the next few months in the border city will be like leading up to the shift in power from one administration to another. 

Ignacio Villa, left, and Arturo Ibarra, right, of the mariachi group Los Gavilanes receive shoe shines on Avenida Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, México, Jul. 9, 2013.
Ignacio Villa, left, and Arturo Ibarra, right, of the mariachi group Los Gavilanes receive shoe shines on Avenida Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, México, Jul. 9, 2013.

Mexican City Weighs Neglected Notion: Hope

Three years after a municipal election was held under the specter of fear and death in this border city, voters on Sunday ushered in a new leader in Ciudad Juárez. But a new administration and a new peace can only go so far. 

Christian Chaidez, 30, was granted by an immigration judge a withholding of removal after applying for asylum. Ten of his family members were murdered in Ciudad Juárez for refusing to pay extortion to criminal gangs.
Christian Chaidez, 30, was granted by an immigration judge a withholding of removal after applying for asylum. Ten of his family members were murdered in Ciudad Juárez for refusing to pay extortion to criminal gangs.

Concerns Raised on Immigration Bill and Asylum Seekers

As the debate on immigration reform advances, immigration attorneys fear that an emphasis on strict border enforcement will make an already difficult task more strenuous for asylum seekers. 

Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed its version of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that would pave the way for citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.

 

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 Wants Combs to Update Immigrants Study

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is asking the state comptroller to update a study on the fiscal impact of Texas' population of undocumented immigrants.