Border

Cops and Robbers

Sep 9, 2016 By Katy Vine

They were some of the toughest narcs on the border, known for busting smugglers, staging raids, seizing cartel cocaine—and being dirty.

National Guard Troops on the Border

Jul 21, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

It is one thing to institute a DPS “surge” on the border; it is quite another to send the National Guard there, a thousand strong, as Perry intends to do. What is the purpose of sending the Guard to the border? The National Guard is a military force. Is its…

Faces of the Border Crisis: Kevin Pagan

Jul 10, 2014 By Eric Benson

The City of McAllen’s Emergency Management Coordinator works with local charity organizations to try and minimize the local impact of the increased surge of undocumented immigrants.

Where Are the Videos?

Jun 15, 2014 By Nate Blakeslee

If the Border Patrol really wants to be more transparent, it should release key surveillance footage of questionable shooting incidents.

Greg Abbott and the Border

Feb 5, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Attorney general Greg Abbott’s $345 million border security plan is almost certainly doomed to fail. The border region is so huge and comprises so many millions of acres that it defies the ability of state government to enforce whatever security issues may arise. Every Republican candidate this election cycle has…

Perry Pens Border Security Op-Ed

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Writing in the Austin American-Statesman, the governor says the U.S. is "through the looking glass in terms of border policy," and revives talk of forbidding so-called "sanctuary cities."

Pretty Ugly

Jan 20, 2013 By Jim Lewis

Why a lavish two-volume attack on the border fence, with photos by Maurice Sherif, misses the mark.

Soldiers of Misfortune

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

For as long as the U.S. military has patrolled the border in search of drug smugglers, there has been the possibility that an innocent civilian would be killed. The government insists the chance is worth taking. Tell that to the family of Ezequiel Hernandez, Jr.

The Desert of the Dead

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

While politicians and bureaucrats endlessly debate the best ways to secure our borders, undocumented immigrants are dying to get into America—literally.

“Beldades” Of the Ball

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Every February, on the weekend of Presidents’ Day, the daughters of Laredo’s most prominent families are presented to society in dresses that cost $20,000 or more at a colonial pageant that is the party of the year.

Hecho en Brownsville

Jul 31, 2012 By Oscar Casares

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

The Immigration Dinner Party

Oct 31, 2010 By Jake Silverstein

We invited four lawmakers who disagree vehemently on the subject and a couple of experts to keep things friendly. Pull up a chair for a round of table talk you won’t soon forget.

Point of Border

Oct 31, 2010 By Jake Silverstein

The job of most editors, myself included, is to delight, entertain, surprise, and inform their readers. The majority of the time, when it comes to choosing a cover story, we try to keep the emphasis on the first three, since the other job of most editors, myself included, is to…