The U.S.-Mexican Border: A Changing Frontier
December 1, 2008 The U.S.-Mexican border is in flux as economic, political and social changes reshape the relationship between the two countries. The U.S. side is fortified with new fences, while the Mexican side is full of dreamers and migrants lit with the adrenaline rush that comes just before attempting to cross to a new life.
December 1, 2008 Controlling immigration at the border between Mexico and the U.S. is proving challenging as drug cartels, money, gang violence and politics clash with a potentially idyllic and green city just south of San Diego. Tijuana is suffering as a result of the violence, officials say.
December 2, 2008 Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are deported to Mexico every year, but a majority of them are dropped just across the border in Tijuana or Nogales. Some who have lived their whole lives in America want to return to their families, lives and jobs in the United States.
December 3, 2008 Night vision scopes, motion detectors and cameras, combined with an increase in Border Patrol agents on foot, aim to stop people from illegally crossing into the United States. Despite the increases in monitoring, border crossers who have been caught say they will continue to try to re-enter the states.
December 4, 2008 El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico are economically tightly intertwined. The economic downturn in the U.S. is hurting the hundreds of assembly plants just across the border as a raging drug war that's killed some 1,400 people in Juarez this year is squashing tourism.
December 5, 2008 The border fence between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico, is forging a physical barrier between towns where culture and economy are closely related. The fence, which has met strong opposition from the mayor of Eagle Pass, has strained relations between the towns.