3/8/2017 Voice of America
Going from Nogales, Arizona, in the United States to Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico, you put your bags on a security belt and pass through a full-length turn style within the rusty, metal barrier that separates the two Nogales. No ID is required by Mexican authorities.
It is an easy trip and speaks to the relaxed, vibrant culture shared by the two cities, on either side of the border. They have been separated by a fence, one of the first on the border, for almost 100 years. It split the street that divided them, but not the spirit that unites them.
Now both sides fear their relationship may be in jeopardy if U.S. immigration policy changes to the point that deportations of undocumented immigrants increase dramatically. Many Mexican nationals who are deported from the United States are dropped off in Nogales, Mexico.