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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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Federal Project Seeks To Transfer Water From Lawns To River Banks

ANTHONY, N.M. — Every year the Rio Grande surrenders its waters for human use. The river is entirely brokered away to water crops and supply homes. As a result, plants and animals native to the river are struggling to survive. … Continue reading

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Border Patrol Tries A New Outreach Effort In An Unexpected Place

PHOENIX – It’s mid-morning at the Mexican consulate in Phoenix. Close to 200 people are seated in rows of metal chairs. They’re waiting for their names to be called for passports or consular IDs. On this day, there’s a guest … Continue reading

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DHS Employees Prepare For Possible Shut Down

PHOENIX – The president’s plan to use executive action to help an additional 4 million or so unauthorized immigrants get work permits has its share of opponents. Among its critics is the union representing some 18,000 Border Patrol agents, the … Continue reading

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Solar Power Arrives In Boquillas: Key To Rural Economy Restart

BOQUILLAS, Mexico – The sealing of the border after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 crushed connected rural economies in both Mexico and the United States. Today in one swath of northern Mexico, a formal border crossing with Texas … Continue reading

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Border Drones: CBP Rejects Negative Audit As Congress Debates Funding Bill

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, an independent auditor, has issued a critical report on unmanned aircraft, or drones, that patrol the country’s borders, principally with Mexico. Border missions fly out of Sierra Vista, Arizona, headquarters of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Iguala Murders Present A Slight Opening For Mexican Border Media

Outrage over the alleged alliance between police, politicians and organized crime in the murders of 43 college teaching students continues in Mexico. In parts of Mexico, the killings appear to be translating into a slightly more robust media in a … Continue reading

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Balmorhea Water: A Family Divides Over Water Sales To Permian Basin

The 75 heirs of a legacy Texas homesteading family are divided. One side wants to keep the water under a total of 11 thousand acres just north of Balmorhea, the other side is selling their water for fracking. It’s a scenario … Continue reading

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Harvesting History In The Southwest

A part of Arizona’s history all but disappeared when the United States-Mexico border was created about 160 years ago. Recently, National Parks and museums on both sides of the border have begun working together to revitalize and preserve a living … Continue reading

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