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How Another Wave of Kids at the Border is Affecting Efforts to Help Them

Posted on · UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) last month released a report on the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Central America. According to the report, nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S. border in the first six months of 2016. The report also touches on the importance of legal […]

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Bordering on Insecurity: Texas Tribune Series Looks at Border Corruption Amongst US Law Enforcement

Posted on · When we think about protecting the Texas-Mexico border, we often think about stopping illegal activity happening on the other side of the Rio Grande. However, a series of reports from The Texas Tribune and Reveal highlights illegal activity happening not only here on the US side of the border but among those tasked with policing it […]

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The Far Empty: Former DEA Agent Pens Gritty Crime Novel

Posted on · The Far Empty is a fictional book loosely based on Todd Scott’s 20-year career as a special agent with the DEA – many of them spent in the stark Texas borderlands. The book revolves around two main characters, 17-year-old Caleb Ross and new sheriff’s deputy Chris Cherry. Ross is dealing with the turmoil around his […]

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Rice Sociologist Examines Lives of Border Crossers

Posted on · About 10 years ago, Dr. Sergio Chávez lived in Tijuana, Mexico, to get a better understanding of the people who lived there. His findings, based on his experience and more than 150 in-depth interviews, are in his new book Border Lives. Chávez, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University, recently sat down with Houston Matters producer Maggie […]

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What’s Driving A Second Surge of Minors Crossing the Border?

Posted on · Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now […]

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Homeland Insecurity: Investigation Uncovers Failures to Root Out Corruption Within the Border Patrol

Posted on · On Tuesday (Dec. 15 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas National Guard troops would remain at the Mexico border. Their nearly 18-month mission — prompted by an influx of unaccompanied children pouring into the country — was supposed to end this month, but it will now continue amid another wave of arrivals. Of course, it’s not just […]

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Border Odyssey: Meeting the People Patrolling and Living Near the U.S.-Mexico Border

Posted on · In 2010, Duke University professor Charles Thompson followed the U.S.-Mexico border, which spans nearly two-thousand miles. They followed a path from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean, exploring small towns and larger communities on both sides of the border. Thompson spoke with residents living within these border communities to get a better understanding […]

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What’s the History of Smuggling Along the U.S.-Mexico Border?

Posted on · Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande examines at the history of smuggling back and forth between the Mexico and Texas border for the past 100 years. Author George Díaz, Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, spoke with Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps about his new book.