Steve Inskeep http://kgou.org en Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways http://kgou.org/post/born-border-tijuana-grows-new-ways Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.<p>Border security is ever-present here. The city has grown so close to the rusted U.S. border fence that it practically leans on it. The fence even cuts across the middle of Friendship Park, a circular plot of land that was laid out on the actual borderline as a symbol of the two nations' warm relations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 26110 at http://kgou.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her http://kgou.org/post/crossing-desert-why-brenda-wanted-border-patrol-find-her It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.<p>We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 26030 at http://kgou.org Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town http://kgou.org/post/pancho-villa-panda-express-life-border-town Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.<p>It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.<p>All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25945 at http://kgou.org From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town Principal Encourages Immigrant Students To Aim For Middle Class http://kgou.org/post/principal-encourages-immigrant-students-aim-middle-class At a rural high school outside El Paso, Texas, the principal tries to inspire poor immigrants or kids of immigrants to go to college, though many have never seen one. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25865 at http://kgou.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez http://kgou.org/post/mend-wounds-violence-still-scar-juarez We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."<p>He said this even though he lives within sight of Juarez, in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande. Many people on the U.S. side long ago stopped visiting their Mexican sister city, and not without reason: Juarez was the world's most violent city as recently as 2010. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25780 at http://kgou.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants http://kgou.org/post/rarely-told-stories-sexual-assault-against-female-migrants Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A dust-covered car has been in our parking lot at NPR West this week. It was the vehicle that took Steve Inskeep and several colleagues along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. We've been hearing what they found in recent days, stories of people and goods and culture that cross the border. Steve's in our studio now with a rather difficult story to tell. Steve, what is that?<p>STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Well, Arun, it involves people who migrate illegally across the border into the United States, which, of course, has been happening for decades. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25767 at http://kgou.org Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands http://kgou.org/post/congressmen-are-bullish-borderlands The U.S.-Mexico border isn't just about immigration. Local politicians in El Paso, Texas, say their city is misunderstood. Being located across the river from Mexico is part of their potential. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25752 at http://kgou.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border http://kgou.org/post/always-watching-us-mexico-border-site-complexity We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.<p>Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.<p>The Border Patrol — part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — allowed us a look inside the communications center at its headquarters in Laredo, Texas. The room had no windows, just a giant wall of screens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25728 at http://kgou.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border For Illegal Immigrants, Journey To U.S. Soil Cut Short http://kgou.org/post/illegal-immigrants-journey-us-soil-cut-short In the latest story from our Borderland series, we explore a section of the border fence near a wildlife refuge in Hidalgo, Texas, While there, the U.S. Border Patrol picks up 18 migrants. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25631 at http://kgou.org A U.S. Border Shelter That Attracts Asylum Seekers Far And Wide http://kgou.org/post/us-border-shelter-attracts-asylum-seekers-far-and-wide You have no idea what some people will do to reach the United States until you hear their stories.<p>I've understood this truth ever since I went to Afghanistan in 2001. A man told me how he left his country without any travel documents and somehow crossed Iran by bus and foot, only to be caught in Turkey and sent back. He didn't give up, and a few years later came to visit me in Washington.<p>What I didn't clearly understand was how people in troubled nations finally make it here. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25576 at http://kgou.org A U.S. Border Shelter That Attracts Asylum Seekers Far And Wide