Thursday, January 26, 2017

El Paso & Ciudad Juarez

"El Paso has seen the consequences of building barriers" headlines the Jan. 26 article.

When 18-foot fences were begun in 2008, Ciudad Juarez "began to wither and die," according to El Paso businessman Carlos Marentes. " was like cutting off circulation to America's own limb,"

Thank you to Nigel Duara and the Los Angeles Times for this excellent report on the twin border cities: El Paso in Texas, and Juarez in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

Crime and drugs grew in Juarez as businesses failed.

Laborers who worked in El Paso could no longer cross from their homes in Juarez.

Many died while attempting to cross in the desert east and west of El Paso.

Washington bureaucrats don't know enough about the border, Marentes continued.

"It's a community you can't separate."

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