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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Webb County Sheriff's Race is Rematch on the Border

In 2008, Webb County witnessed one of the most contested sheriff's races in its history, when Martin Cuellar, a former DPS lieutenant and the younger brother of Congressman Henry Cuellar, narrowly defeated incumbent Rick Flores, a fiery swashbuckler who accuses the federal government of ignoring border violence. After a brief stint as police chief in a small Arizona border town, Flores is back — trying to reclaim the seat as an independent. 

 

Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance (left) and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto
Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance (left) and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto

Analysts: Little Change Expected with New Mexico Leader

Worries about the new presidential government in Mexico are overblown, says San Antonio native Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance, who recently met with the president-elect’s transition team in Mexico City.  

Juvenile detainees work on a new juvenile detention village in Eagle Pass. Maverick County has been taking donations for the new facility, which is being built, in part, by county employees who sacrifice their own time for the project.
Juvenile detainees work on a new juvenile detention village in Eagle Pass. Maverick County has been taking donations for the new facility, which is being built, in part, by county employees who sacrifice their own time for the project.

Detention Center Seen as Model for Reform

The chief probation officer for three counties near the Texas-Mexico border is taking a "restorative justice" approach to rehabilitating juveniles held in drug-smuggling cases. That philosophy is at the root of a new detention center.

Voters line up to cast ballots in Mexico's presidential election Sunday at a voting sight on Popocatepetl street in Mexico City's Colonia Condesa.
Voters line up to cast ballots in Mexico's presidential election Sunday at a voting sight on Popocatepetl street in Mexico City's Colonia Condesa.

Mexico's Presidential Runner-Up Challenges Results

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who finished second to the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico's July 1 presidential election, has announced he will officially challenge the results of the contest.

Ballot Count Shows Peña Nieto Remains Ahead

Election officials in Mexico are moving forward with the official count of the ballots cast in Sunday’s presidential election. Early results indicate that Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or the PRI, remains ahead of his challengers.

Voters line up to cast ballots in Mexico's presidential election Sunday at a voting sight on Popocatepetl street in Mexico City's Colonia Condesa.
Voters line up to cast ballots in Mexico's presidential election Sunday at a voting sight on Popocatepetl street in Mexico City's Colonia Condesa.

Second-Place Finisher Challenges Mexico Election Result

The voting is over, but the counting may not be, after Mexico's election Sunday. Candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador, who came in second in the presidential race, said Monday evening that he would challenge the results.

Pictured on April 7, 2012 in El Paso, Texas is Saul Reyes Salazar, a former community activist in the Juarez Valley, who was granted political asylum on January 09, 2012. Salazar has lost six family members in the drug war.
Pictured on April 7, 2012 in El Paso, Texas is Saul Reyes Salazar, a former community activist in the Juarez Valley, who was granted political asylum on January 09, 2012. Salazar has lost six family members in the drug war.

Mexicans Seeking Refuge Come Together to Speak Out

Many Mexicans displaced by the violence in Chihuahua are seeking refuge in El Paso, where through their common tragedies they have come together to form a group to raise awareness about their plight. 

Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.

State Cuts Squeezing Elderly Poor and Their Doctors

After the state reduced its share of co-payments for Texans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, doctors who treat such patients are seeing revenue disruptions. 

National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.
National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.

Texas DPS Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico

UPDATED: The Texas Department of Public Safety today renewed a warning that cautions Texas students against traveling to Mexico. The break begins next week for most of the state’s schools.

Laredo, Texas Octoer 17, 2009: International Bridge No. 1 spans the Rio Grande looking at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico from the banks of a city park in Laredo, TX.
Laredo, Texas Octoer 17, 2009: International Bridge No. 1 spans the Rio Grande looking at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico from the banks of a city park in Laredo, TX.

Plan to Train Mexican Officers is Slow to Start

A cross-border training program between Texas peace officers and Mexican police has yet to get off the ground. But U.S. authorities are still intent on helping their southern neighbor.