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Mexico at War: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

A Dangerous Route North

TECATE, Mexico -- The migrant shelter named in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe is spotless, though the men who come are dusty. Their clothes are streaked with sweat, their hands and faces burned by sun, scratched with thorns....

By William Booth and Travis Fox  |  June 26, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Narcocorridos and Nightlife in Mexicali

MEXICALI, Mexico -- This used to be a swell city for binational cantina crawling, but the violence of the drug war has quieted the nightlife down. The tourists are spooked. Still, the locals are keeping the lights on. We...

By Travis Fox and WIlliam Booth  |  June 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Virtual Fence Gets a 'Do Over'

Enlarge Photo A newly constructed tower in the "virtual fence." SASABE, Arizona -- After years of frustration, controversy and delay -- and some maddening technological glitches -- the first link in the federal government’s new $6.7 billion “virtual fence”...

By William Booth and Travis Fox  |  June 24, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Tunnel Network Sends Border Patrol Underground

Enlarge Photo Tom Pittman, a Border Patrol supervisor, exits the massive drainage tunnels that are located directly under the Nogales port-of-entry. Border Patrol agent Mario Escalante looks on. NOGALES, Arizona -- Tom Pittman lifts a manhole cover open, turns...

By William Booth and Travis Fox  |  June 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Show and Tell With the New U.S. Border Czar

NOGALES, Arizona -- The newly appointed border czar Alan Bersin landed at the Mariposa Port of Entry here in a Black Hawk helicopter owned by the Department of Homeland Security. Bersin was on a quick inspection tour, to rally...

By Travis Fox and William Booth  |  June 23, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The End of the Road

Panoramic Composite: Click to view. LOS CORRALES, Mexico -- The Mexican border is dotted with tiny towns at the end of the road, where Mexico meets the fence and there are no legal crossings. The dots on the maps have...

By William Booth and Travis Fox  |  June 22, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Restoring Natural Life on the Border

Cajon Bonito, Mexico -- The directions to the ranch are basically as follows: Leave problems of Ciudad Juarez behind. Cross Chihuahuan Desert. Climb Continental Divide. Hit Sonoran Desert. When you see some of the prettiest country in the west,...

By Travis Fox and William Booth  |  June 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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