Borderlands

Violence at the U.S.-Mexico border as a presidential election nears
Violence at the U.S.-Mexico border as a presidential election nears
Law enforcement deploys tear gas and rubber bullets in confrontation with Indigenous activists.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Over generations, the Soto family has lived through cycles of mining booms and the broken promises that come with them.
Nuestro sistema de detención está dejando a los inmigrantes en bancarrota
Nuestro sistema de detención está dejando a los inmigrantes en bancarrota
Mientras las corporaciones se benefician, las familias de estatus mixto son arrojadas a la pobreza.
Border security will always be elusive
Border security will always be elusive
The Borderlands have long been governed by impermanent and shifting policies.
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The year in essays, analysis and investigations from across the Western U.S.
Looking for love in all the wrong places
Looking for love in all the wrong places
A quest for connection unites a new collection of Western stories.
Photos: the Borderlands free from stereotypes
Photos: the Borderlands free from stereotypes
Experience the banalities, triumphs and fragility of life on the U.S. - Mexican border.
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Communities in South San Diego sue over sewage spills.
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
The Trump administration is ignoring a big question: How do you secure a border below ground?
Trump narrows asylum protections
Trump narrows asylum protections
Attention drawn to the southern border could bring lasting changes to immigration policy.
Migrants’ endless walk north
Migrants’ endless walk north
Despite punitive policies, the myth of the American dream leads people to caravan to the U.S.
La eterna caminata de los migrantes hacia el norte
La eterna caminata de los migrantes hacia el norte
El mito del sueño americano lleva a muchos en caravana hacia EE. UU. a pesar de sus políticas punitivas.
Federal politics unite unlikely coalitions at the border
Federal politics unite unlikely coalitions at the border
Environmental and social justice activists challenge President Donald Trump together.
Laughter to cope with daily tragedies at the border
Laughter to cope with daily tragedies at the border
Luis Alberto Urrea’s new novel reflects on the family relationships that challenge and transcend the U.S.-Mexico border.
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
After reunion deadline, many families remain separated
After reunion deadline, many families remain separated
The chances of reuniting immigrant parents and children may dwindle with time.
New Mexico investigates immigration detention
New Mexico investigates immigration detention
Reports and testimony argue for stricter oversight of private facilities.
Trump’s ‘border crisis’ debunked, in 6 charts
Trump’s ‘border crisis’ debunked, in 6 charts
The number of apprehended migrants is at its lowest since 1970.
On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
Tribal members positioned to help Border Patrol are getting run down by its agents.
Indigenous immigrants face unique challenges at the border
Indigenous immigrants face unique challenges at the border
Language barriers mean Indigenous families may be more likely to be split up.
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
As asylum-seekers flee to the U.S., misguided immigration policies proliferate.
Borderlands wildlife doesn’t need the National Guard
Borderlands wildlife doesn’t need the National Guard
Protecting migratory corridors requires collaboration between neighboring nations.
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
What would it mean to sever life-sustaining links along the U.S.-Mexico border?
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