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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.