Border Security Tightens Before Francis’s Visit To Mexico

2/15/16 CBS 

fence at borderEL PASO (CBSDFW.COM) – The task to keep the border in El Paso with Ciudad Juarez safe during Pope Francis’s visit is a massive undertaking described by law enforcement along the border as “unprecedented.”

CBS 11 News was given an exclusive border tour with the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Unit aboard on of their helicopters.

CBP Director of El Paso air operations Rudy Maldonado said, “We’re going to be watching. It’s a matter of us watching things that people don’t even think of.”

Authorities will shut down a seven-mile stretch of border near the Pope’s mass location. They estimate upwards of 1 million people will gather on both sides to try and enjoy a glimpse of the pontiff.

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2015 United States -Mexico Summit: A View from the Border

On August 6-8 in El Paso/Ciudad Juarez for the United States-Mexico Summit: A View from the Border and International 10K race.

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As Mexico takes down kingpins, pace of killings only accelerates

7/3/15 Dallas News 

chihuahua-mapIn this border city across from El Paso, Mexican soldiers discovered and dismantled a car bomb this week in a highly populated neighborhood.

The discovery came just days after the head of the Sinaloa cartel was captured in the state capital, Chihuahua City.

Across the central Texas border near Laredo, thugs last month shot at a helicopter, apparently mistaking its occupants for Mexican marines. The personnel were members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and the helicopter took two bullets in U.S. airspace. In response, two Black Hawk helicopters now patrol the border in the Laredo region. To the south, in and around the industrial city of Monterrey, a recent killing surge left 25 people dead in one weekend.

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Immigrants from Michoacán seeking asylum in United States, according to El Paso shelter

09/15/14 El Paso Times

machine gunImmigrants from the Mexican state of Michoacán, who say they are fleeing drug-related murders, kidnappings, rapes and extortions, are among the latest group of people seeking asylum in the United States, according to immigrant shelter administrators in El Paso. Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House, a faith-based organization that administers temporary shelters for migrants in the El Paso region, confirmed that large numbers of Michoacános are turning up at the border.

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US ambassador: United States will help Juarez rebuild

San Ysidro Border Crossing by Flickr user otzbergEl Paso Times, 8/9/2013

The United States wants to be involved in the reconstruction of Juárez, which has been devastated by violence for years, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico said Thursday while in Juárez.

“We want to be Juárez’s partner in its renaissance,” Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne said. Wayne was the guest of honor at the inaugural event Thursday of the new museum named La Rodadora: Espacio Interactivo, or The Tumbleweed: an Interactive Space, at Parque Central West. Other guests were Chihuahua Gov. César Duarte; the head of the department of Culture in Mexico, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa; El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser; and Juárez Mayor Héctor “Teto” Murguía.The $23 million interactive children’s museum will officially open to the public today. It is the third largest museum in Mexico and the fifth largest interactive museum in Latin America.

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New Article: Two Reasons Why Laredo Has Less Homicides than Nuevo Laredo

InSightLogo_main_24bitBy Steven Dudley, 8/7/2013

So-called spillover violence has long been a concern of residents of U.S. communities along the Southwest border, yet spikes in violent crime along the Mexican side of the border rarely impact rates of violence in the United States. InSight Crime’s Steven Dudley exams the forces behind these statistics in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo.

Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, sister cities along the US-Mexico border, are almost the same size. They have very similar economic motors, cultural heritage, populations and socio-economic indicators. Yet, in 2012, Nuevo Laredo had at least 36 times the number of murders. Why?

It is a question that is pondered up and down this 1,951-mile border, especially after the explosions of violence in Tijuana and Juarez during the last decade, places that sit across from San Diego and El Paso respectively, two of the safest cities in the United States.

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Border Bridge Stalls U.S., Mexico Border Plan

120px-Tijuana-San_Diego_borderFox News Latino, 6/3/2013

A bridge over the Rio Grande, between the U.S. and Mexico, was supposed to be the site of a massive new customs and immigration facility by June — but nearly two years after its groundbreaking, not a shovel of dirt has been moved south of the border. The Mexican government has not allocated any money for its share of the work, so the bridge building is stalled — with no timetable for completion. The bridge would provide a fourth international border crossing to handle U.S.-bound commercial traffic from Ciudad Juarez, one of North America’s biggest manufacturing hubs.

Planners had hoped the $96 million undertaking would be an economic boon, attracting manufacturing plants and long lines of trucks that currently use two congested crossings between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. Jesse Grado walks cautiously past a welder whose work throws off a spray of brilliant sparks as construction crews lay slabs of concrete for a bridge over the Rio Grande. The leader of the project points to an empty void — the point where the six-lane span abruptly ends 30 feet above the river. Beyond the pavement is nothing but miles of Mexican farms, dirt and desert.

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