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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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

Ojinaga, Mexico, used to enjoy the distinction of being one of the busiest ports for importing Mexican cattle into the U.S. But amid concerns about escalating drug violence, the USDA last year moved its cattle inspectors across the Rio Grande River into Texas — a decision residents on both sides of the border say has crippled the local livestock industry. 

A young girl plays outside her home in the Pueblo de Palmas colonia near Mission, Texas, on Aug. 29, 2013.
A young girl plays outside her home in the Pueblo de Palmas colonia near Mission, Texas, on Aug. 29, 2013.

Hidalgo County Fights to Ensure Census Counts Everyone

In rapidly growing Hidalgo County, officials who say the 2010 census dramatically undercounted the county’s population are seeking to influence the way its residents are counted in the future. The numbers are crucial for the U.S.-Mexico border county because they translate into dollars.

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 young 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 at least 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. Though there is an uneasy sense of calm here — murders have plummeted and business have reopened — some say a new administration and a new peace can only go so far to heal old wounds. 

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. 

Video: Busted in Texas

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As Congress looks to significantly boost funding for the U.S. Border Patrol as part of a new immigration bill, our friends at the Center for Investigative Reporting look at the impact of the police buildup at a West Texas checkpoint. The Sierra Blanca checkpoint along I-10 was set up to catch major traffickers and immigrants who entered the country illegally. But the checkpoint now busts thousands of unsuspecting Americans a year for low-level drug possession – including some famous musicians.

 

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. The bill now moves to the U.S. House, where it faces an uphill battle. 

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

As the U.S. Senate readies itself for what’s likely to be a contentious debate on immigration reform, Congressman Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is asking Comptroller Susan Combs to update a 2006 study on the economic impact of the state's undocumented immigrants.

Large group for immigration reform, walks up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Large group for immigration reform, walks up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Critics See Holes in Bill's Border Security Strategy

Some Texas lawmakers and stakeholders are taking issue with aspects of the federal immigration reform bill filed last week, with some questioning why the measure was crafted without mechanisms to avoid a future inflow of illegal migration.

Seen is the Longhorn Pipeline petroleum tank storage terminal in the Montana Vista community in far East El Paso, Texas on April 1, 2013. El Paso Electric plans to build a natural gas power plant that will be able to provide electricity to 80,000 homes in the area.
Seen is the Longhorn Pipeline petroleum tank storage terminal in the Montana Vista community in far East El Paso, Texas on April 1, 2013. El Paso Electric plans to build a natural gas power plant that will be able to provide electricity to 80,000 homes in the area.

El Paso Power Plant Draws Community Opposition

Citing the need for more power to meet the demands of a burgeoning community, El Paso Electric plans to build a natural gas power plant. But a legislator has joined forces with a coalition of residents intent to fight the project, which they worry will reinforce the cycle of poverty in the area’s colonias.