"They enter the United States legally from Mexico with the proper
papers and visas, but then they cannot go home. So they overstay their
visas. They are surgeons, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, members of
Mexico’s wealthy middle and upper middle-class educated population. The
Melissa del Bosque, Once Magazine, writes : "The steel fence zigs and
zags from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a rust-colored scar
on the American landscape. It passes through deserts and fertile
farmland, backyards and wildlife refuges. For some politicians the fence is a talking...
U.S. Border Patrol agents at a Detroit Bus Station
"Since 9/11 I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the discussions I’ve had with people up and down the Texas-Mexico border.
The conversations go something like this “I’ve lived here for 50
years but every few months...
"In the battle for territory by organized crime in Mexico, the state
of Veracruz has become one of the most violent and contested conflict
zones. Local journalists, bearing witness to the brutal battle, are
being systematically tortured and killed and the Veracruz and Mexican
"Thousands of University of Texas students are graduating and looking
forward to pursuing their careers. Among them are graduates who see
nothing but obstacles ahead. On Thursday, more than 40 UT Dream Act
students and their supporters held a protest on the UT campus to implore
A Guatemalan diplomat struggles to save her countrymen in south Texas and nearly loses herself. Part three of Beyond the Border, a four-part series from The Texas Observer and the Guardian. By Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer, and the Guardian US interactive team, Aug. 20, 2014 .
Melissa del Bosque interviews Sarah Mehta:
"More than two million people have been deported since President Obama took office in 2008. Among this massive number of deportations, an increasing number of people with valid legal claims to remain in the U.S. — even U.S. citizens — are...