Charles D. Thompson chronicles his journey along the length of the U.S./Mexico border, charting straight shots and labyrinthine jags to places steeped in five centuries of abutting cultural histories, governments, wars, laws and stories.
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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s prison escape ignited a wave of darkly satirical jokes on social media in Mexico—humor being the favorite coping mechanism for Mexicans serially disappointed by their government’s cynicism and corruption.
Without a real definition of border security, state budget analysts can’t tell whether spending has been effective, and yet $815 million is proposed anyway.
Boom, Bust, Exodus follows how NAFTA, coupled with Maytag’s move to Mexico, helped signal doom for Appliance City and transform a small border town.
Maria de Jesus Tlatempa Bello had come more than 1,110 miles from her home in Guerrero, Mexico, to tell the story of her son, Jose Eduardo, one of the Ayotzinapa 43. Organized by a coalition of grassroots organizations in the United States, they are traveling across the U.S. to raise awareness about the growing number of disappearances in Mexico and to put pressure on the Mexican government to find the 43 students.
In this full version, a state police officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shoots at an unarmed truck of immigrants. Out of the three wounded men, only one would survive to tell his story.
Beefing up border security means an increasingly military-style presence on the ground and in the air. The Observer investigates a surge that puts immigrants in the crosshairs.
With increased border militarization, South Texas is becoming a dangerous place for unarmed immigrants.
A Brownsville pediatrician sets the story straight about the children and families coming to Texas.
A growing movement of Central Americans protest mistreatment by authorities, criminals in Mexico.