March 14, 2019, 12:43 AM GMT By The Texas city at the center of a controversy over President Donald Trump's calls for a border wall is on the verge of seeing an administration official become the head of its acclaimed university. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is the sole finalist for president of the University of Texas at El Paso, situated a few feet from the U.S.-Mexico border. That prospect has set off protests and petition drives against Wilson, a former congresswoman from New Mexico with a conservative voting record who also served as a university president in South Dakota. Wilson's selection was announced last Friday as the University of Texas System board of regents' choice to succeed 30-year UTEP President Diana Natalicio. The regents still must vote on her selection, which won't occur before the end of the month. Wilson will remain Air Force secretary until May. But since she was announced as the sole finalist, Wilson has faced a rough roll out. Students and community … [Read more...] about Trump official gets backlash as choice to lead border university
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Pot is bulky and pungent. That makes it difficult to conceal in, say, a suitcase or a truck. For that reason, marijuana traffickers tend to avoid legal ports or entrances, preferring instead to traverse the expanses of deserts and canyons where Border Patrol agents are often the only signs of human life. To the extent that other drugs cross outside normal entry points, they are most often hitchhikers along for the ride with the weed. In 2013, for example, Border Patrol agents seized 274 pounds of marijuana for every one pound of other drugs. So for those familiar with the history of drug smuggling, there was a dog that didn't bark in Donald Trump's early January Oval Office address, which was intended to frighten Americans into supporting a border wall and give him leverage to end the shutdown. While Trump described the southern border as "a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs," he only specifically mentioned "meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl"—all drugs that … [Read more...] about The Wall Won’t End Pot Smuggling at the Border. Legalization Will.
Rodrigo Abd/AP Students cross the border from Columbus, N.M., into Palomas, Mexico, after attending classes at Columbus Elementary School last year. American children living in Mexico make up about 60 percent of the school’s student body. Many are the children of parents who were deported and who moved here to be able to send their children to school in the United States. Loading... November 2, 2018 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 12 Min. ) By Story Hinckley Staff writer @storyhinckley Every school day, yellow buses run from the US-Mexico border to the public schools in Deming, New Mexico. Aboard these school buses are hundreds of Mexican-American students who live in Mexico with their families and study at US public schools. Their border-crossing schooling does not raise many eyebrows in Deming, which has long-standing ties with Palomas, its sister town on the other side. For decades, Mexican families have relied … [Read more...] about A border, a bus, then school begins in New Mexico
When Francisco Cantu decided to join the U.S. Border Patrol as a new college graduate in 2008, he expected the work to be tough, but after four years, the realities of the job forced him to examine the morality of his duties — and a gut check told him clearly: “It’s not the work for me.” In a memoir about his duties with the patrol, “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” (Riverhead Books), Cantu recounts the physical and emotional toll the experience took on him, and his growing angst about what really happens in the desert to those who attempt to cross. Written in three parts, the book describes his training and introduction to the brutal field work; his transfer to a desk job in the intelligence division; and his personal involvement in the case of an undocumented friend who got caught up in the legalities of crossing the border. A former Fulbright fellow, Cantu was a recipient of a Whiting Award for emerging … [Read more...] about Former US Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantu has a story to tell
The thousands of Central American migrants who have poured into Tijuana after traveling through Mexico in caravans hoping to reach the United States have strained the resources of the Mexican border city south of San Diego. In November, Tijuana's mayor declared an international humanitarian crisis after more than 5,000 Central American migrants arrived, overwhelming migrant shelters and triggering anti-migrant protests. On Dec. 1, the Mexican federal government was forced to intervene. It opened a second shelter on the city's outskirts when an outdoor sports complex that was being used as a makeshift shelter became dangerously unsanitary. This wasn't the first time migrants traveling through Mexico in a caravan arrived in Tijuana, where the San Ysidro border crossing is the busiest in the western hemisphere. In April, more than 300 Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana after traveling with a caravan that initially started out with more than 1,500 but … [Read more...] about Why do migrant caravans from Central America travel to Tijuana, taking the longest route to the U.S. border?