NPR Series: Borderland

6:16am

Thu April 3, 2014

Welcome To The Borderland

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It is so much more than what you heard. Morning Edition's trip along the border is captured here in 12 vignettes highlighting the people, places, maps and the physical barriers found on both sides.
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The U.S.-Mexico border is not a line. It's a place. NPR's Morning Edition spent two weeks driving it — a 2,428 mile road trip. Here are 12 short stories sharing what they found.

2:58am

Fri March 28, 2014
Borderland

Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:24 am

Family members huddle at the fence to talk to loved ones living across the border.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.

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5:25am

Thu March 27, 2014
Borderland

Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:18 am

Parts of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border might stop vehicles, but they don't keep out those making the journey on foot.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.

In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.

We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. She was living in a shelter for deported people, where she told us of her brief and difficult stay in the United States.

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5:39am

Wed March 26, 2014
Borderland

From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:12 am

Columbus, N.M., was raided by Pancho Villa in 1916 and by federal agents in 2011.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.

It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.

All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Phillip Skinner, former real estate developer and maquiladora owner-turned politician and school bus driver, was inaugurated early this month, on the morning we rolled into town.

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5:26am

Mon March 24, 2014
Borderland

On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:25 am

Workers arrive at an assembly plant located along the border.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."

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