‘RiseUp AS ONE’ concert bridges U.S.-Mexico border

10/15/2016 The San Diego Union-Tribune

Their voices rising in English and Spanish, an all-star cast of performers called for building bridges -not walls- during a Saturday concert in San Diego by the U.S. border.

The outdoor concert, called “RiseUp AS ONE,” was a celebration of immigration, cultural diversity and Latin identity- and a call for political participation- before an audience of 15,000 people gathered as the sun went down by the border fence in Otay Mesa.

The message reached a far broader audience, as the concert was broadcast live nationally and streamed worldwide by the event’s hosts, the Spanish-language television network Univision and Fusion, a cable channel and digital platform aimed at English-speaking millennials.

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An Agent Shot a Boy Across the U.S. Border. Can His Parents Sue?

10/17/16 The New York Times

bicultural1WASHINGTON — In June of 2010, four boys were playing in the dry bed of the Rio Grande that separates El Paso from Juárez, Mexico. The international borderline, unmarked, runs through the middle of the culvert.

The boys dared one another to run up a concrete incline and touch the barbed wire of the American border fence.

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Synthetic Drug Lab Busts Rising in Mexico’s Sinaloa State

10/13/16 InSight Crime

drugsMexican authorities have warned of an increase in seizures of drug labs in Sinaloa state, a sign that criminal organizations may be diversifying their drug production and trafficking activities to put more focus on synthetic drugs.

Regional military commander Rogelio Terán Contreras recently said that the number of synthetic drug labs discovered in Sinaloa has been increasing, reported El Universal.

According to official statistics, authorities destroyed 47 of these clandestine labs in 2014. That figure rose to 80 in 2015, and so far this year at least 55 have been destroyed, suggesting the 2016 total could equal or surpass the 2015 total by year’s end.

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What Trumponomics means for the border region

10/15/16 The Economist

fence at borderASKED what he thought of Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border, a Mexican official smiled and reached for his smartphone. He called up a map of Mexico in 1824, when it included California, Texas and most of what is now the southwestern United States. We’ll gladly pay for a wall on that border, he joked.

For most Mexicans, the prospect of a Trump triumph—however unlikely—is less amusing. The Republican nominee says he would slap a 35% tariff on Mexican goods and maybe scrap the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Supreme Court to Hear Mexico Border Shooting Case

10/11/16 The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether to revive a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.

The justices will review an April 2015 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the civil rights claims against the agent, Jesus Mesa, filed by the family of Sergio Hernandez.

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Death in the sands: the horror of the US-Mexico border

4/10/16 The Guardian

untitledFifteen-year old Sergio Hernandez Guereca and three teenage friends ran across the trickle of water in the concrete riverbed that is the Rio Grande, which marks the US-Mexico boarder, on a cloudy, hot June day in 2010. The river, which runs between El Paso and Juarez, is only centimeters deep and 15 metres wide at the border, because the US diverts most of the water into a canal before it reaches Mexico. The audacity of the boys’ run, in broad daylight in one of the most heavily patrolled spots along the border, roused bored pedestrians inching along the Paso del Norte Bridge towards the checkpoint.

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5 Clever Ways Mexico Cartels Move Drugs Across US Border

10/04/16 InSight Crime

Border - MexicoEvery day, Mexico‘s cartels attempt to ship untold quantities of drugs across the US border. And every day, Mexican and US authorities try to stop them. The drugs are usually hidden in commercial or passenger vehicles transiting official checkpoints. But in recent years, crime groups have begun to experiment with a wide range of innovative methods for moving illicit cargo past one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders and into the most lucrative drug market. Below, InSight Crime looks at five of the most creative.

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