We spent two weeks driving through the region where the U. We sought tales of people and of crossing. You may have heard the radio series. Here are a few more stories — in pictures, maps, words and numbers.
Already, as you've been reading, the border has been busy: 0 vehicles have crossed legally. Story x Just getting there by Steve Inskeep. Consider the story of Saraa Zewedi Yilma. She floated for hours on an open boat. Saraa is now And pregnant. The border we know is relatively young. Story x Fence Facts With reporting by. Source: International Boundary and Water Commission. About a third of the border is fenced, often in populated areas.
A lot of the border is not fenced because geography like this mountain does the job. Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. There's not much fence in Texas because the Rio Grande is a natural barrier. Quemado, Texas. Sometimes the fence has art, graffiti or ads on it. Tijuana, Mexico. The fence has gaps for farmers to reach their fields. Brownsville, Texas Image: Google Maps.
And for ranchers to allow livestock to graze. Palomas, Mexico. Some of the fence is designed to stop vehicles. Tohono O'odham Nation. And some to stop people — more of a wall than a fence. Hidalgo, Texas. It runs through the desert. Past playgrounds. And into the Pacific Ocean. A Few More Facts: The first government-sponsored fence went up in — to keep tick-infested cattle out.
Story x What's It Like? Portraits of life on the border. In that order. The sector in Laredo, Texas, averages arrests a day. Border Patrol has authority to monitor his land and has erected a tower with cameras to monitor the border. She has moved back and forth between California and Tijuana several times. Diana was born in Mexico. Phillip Skinner is the newly elected mayor of Columbus, N. He says proximity to the border is good for business. It's a severe landscape, but also a busy one for smuggling and migration.
Story x Empty Houses In one of the world's most violent cities. Juarez, Mexico Warring gangs and drug cartels made Juarez one of the world's most violent cities. Story x Junior A video about life in between, in his words Play.
Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Story x Snack Time A recipe in the bag. Tijuana, Mexico Tostilocos. Tosti, as in Tostitos. Locos, as in crazy. Here's how:. Salsa verde Tostitos cut lengthwise. Pepinos cucumber and jicama. Tijuana, Mexico. Jacumba Hot Springs, California.
The border fence stops at a hillside in Jacumba Hot Springs in September Mexicali, Mexico. Felicity, California. Tohono O'odham Reservation, Arizona. Nogales, Arizona. The border fence is seen at sunset in Nogales in July Sunland Park, New Mexico. El Paso, Texas. Fort Hancock, Texas. Lajitas, Texas.
In some areas , temperatures can soar during the day, but also plummet at night. When crossing the desert, dehydration can be a major concern. You can only carry so much, and it needs to last from when you enter the desert to when you leave. If you get lost, you may suddenly find it takes days longer to cross than you had originally anticipated. You might not find your bearings at all. Border Patrol finds the bodies of hundreds of migrants in the desert each year, and activists estimate that since , there have been more than 6, deaths along the border.
The Arizona group No More Deaths has said the number could be five to 10 times higher, since the desert is so vast. This impacts every aspect of your trip. If you have a good deal of money, you can travel more safely.
Think about it: with enough money, you're probably more likely to hire a lawyer, try to get a tourist visa, hop on a plane and enter legally. But most migrants crossing the southwest border illegally are coming to the U. So the amount of money they have available for the trip north is probably limited. A coyote will help you cross into the U.
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