Farai Chideya, NPR
A footbridge crosses the Rio Grande and layers of fences into Mexico.
On the second day of her trip across America, Chideya stopped in El Paso, Texas, to talk with Robert Boatwright, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol. In the typical blazing heat of summer, they talk about securing the U.S.-Mexico border where Mexico meets the state borders of New Mexico and Texas.
El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, are separated by the wide, shallow Rio Grande, and the border crossing is one of the most heavily traveled junctions between the United States and Mexico.