Tag Archives: El Paso

Did the Pope’s Visit Help the Border? Depends Who You Ask

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Seven months after Pope Francis made history by visiting this city once considered the deadliest in the Americas, pedestrians can still see a billboard celebrating his visit looming right across the border over downtown El Paso. It’s a reminder that the papal visit to … Continue reading

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Texas Border Protection Officer Accused Of Smuggling Immigrants Into US

A U.S. customs officer on trial this week in El Paso is accused of smuggling people into the country illegally, including immigrants who had been deported. On Tuesday, witnesses said Lawrence Madrid, a supervisory officer with U.S. Customs and Border … Continue reading

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Modern Day ‘Debtor Prisons’ Challenged In Federal Court In Texas

EL PASO, Texas — This border city has a policy on its books that allows the city to jail people who cannot pay their traffic fines. Now a lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging the policy, saying it violates … Continue reading

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Dissenting Border Patrol Agents’ Push to Disavow Union’s Trump Endorsement Defeated in Narrow Vote

This story has been updated after a Tuesday (April 12) meeting of the National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter, Local 1929. A group of dissenting Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas – across the border from Juárez, Mexico – … Continue reading

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Factory Workers In Juárez Unionize For Higher Pay, Better Working Conditions

JUAREZ — As labor unrest continues to ripple across this Mexican border city, a group of workers has managed to start the city’s only independently organized factory union. Close to 200 workers are now members of a new union approved … Continue reading

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Texas Cities Recycle Wastewater Into Drinking Water To Boost Dwindling Supplies

The search for new water sources is never-ending for growing cities in the desert Southwest. Traditional sources like rivers and underground aquifers are proving insufficient, so cities are turning to options that were once unthinkable — like “toilet to tap” … Continue reading

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A Sports Camp in El Paso That Isn’t Really About Sports

Schools are opening in West Texas and summer rituals are coming to an end. Student athletes – like cross-country runners and football players – have already been practicing – getting ready at late-summer camps. At one sports camp in El Paso, though, … Continue reading

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City-Commissioned Sculpture Raises Questions Of Censorship

A public art piece in El Paso that was abruptly removed by city officials earlier this year is raising questions about censorship. The metal sculpture depicted a flock of birds carrying off fragments of guns once used to commit crimes. … Continue reading

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Ciudad Juárez Tears Down ‘No More Weapons’ Sign

Mexican officials have ordered the removal of a three ton sign that reads, “No More Weapons!” at the foot of an international bridge across from El Paso, Texas. The giant sign is made of confiscated firearms and was erected in … Continue reading

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The Catch-22 of the F1 Visa

It’s not as though Gabby Carballo is trying desperately to escape her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. She is wary of what the “escape the violence” media narrative has done to the city’s image in recent years. Gabby does, however, … Continue reading

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