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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Mexico's got it all: warm beaches, margaritas, root canals

by Andy Uhler Mar 22, 2019
Lots of Texans drive to Mexico for vacation. Many go for a very different reason: dental work.
Texans travel from all over the state for the cheap and fast dental work in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, shown here on Feb. 1, 2019.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border Life: The 'Cowboy Priest' takes a stand to protect chapel from wall

by Andy Uhler Mar 18, 2019
Roy Snipes and the local Catholic diocese are fighting new sections of border wall to protect a tiny, white chapel known as La Lomita.
Father Roy Snipes, known locally as the Cowboy Priest, after celebrating mass on Feb. 1. He says a wall would infringe on freedom of religion at La Lomita because planned border barriers would put the chapel just south of a border wall and require a gate for people to access it.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: A unique housing market in McAllen

by Andy Uhler Mar 14, 2019
Editor’s note: Marketplace’s Andy Uhler spent a week reporting about doing business on the Texas-Mexico border during a time of intense debate over U.S. immigration policy and the push by President Donald Trump to build a border wall. Below is…
A two-story home for sale in McAllen, Texas on Feb. 1 2019. The median home value in McAllen is about $140,000.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: An apartment in Mexico, a job in the U.S.

by Andy Uhler Feb 25, 2019
From Tijuana to Matamoros, people work in the U.S. for higher wages but live in Mexico for cheaper rent.
 It’s hard to know exactly how many people live in Mexico and work in the U.S. but thousands of people cross in both directions every day in Laredo, Texas.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border eco-tourism hit by Trump's emergency declaration

by Andy Uhler Feb 18, 2019
Ecology-based organizations at the border are scrambling after Trump’s emergency declaration over border security last week The National Butterfly Center had filed a restraining order to try to stave off any advances of a border wall, an order that’s essentially…
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: Butterflies vs. walls along the Rio Grande

by Andy Uhler Feb 5, 2019
A planned expansion of a border wall threatens a critical habitat in South Texas.
The three southern-most counties of Texas are home to more than 300 butterfly species. The National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX is holding out hope that a border wall won't be built on its property.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: They're fighting a wall that would divide their land

by Andy Uhler Feb 4, 2019
Fred Cavazos and Rey Anzaldua say a planned expansion of a South Texas wall would hurt their livelihood and is disruptive to their family history.
Rey Anzaldua, 73, sits in his cousin Fred’s dining room on Thursday, Jan. 31 2019, mulling over documents the federal government has sent the family seeking permission to build a wall on their land. He says the family will never sign over the rights and the government will have to take the land through eminent domain if a wall is going to be built on their property.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: A rancher's economic argument for a wall

by Andy Uhler Jan 31, 2019
“For us it’s more from an agriculture point of view. It’s not about politics.”
Rancher Richard Guerra stands in a hallway in his McAllen, Texas home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.  Guerra supports a border wall as a way to help prevent fever tick-carrying animals from crossing into Texas from Mexico.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: In "Los dos Laredos," blurred lines between U.S., Mexico

by Andy Uhler Jan 30, 2019
"We are so, like, one, that you can’t tell one city from the other."
Sandra Bernal helps run her parents’ restaurant,  El Meson de San Agustin, in Laredo, Texas. She’s behind the restaurant’s counter on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2018.
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Business on the Texas-Mexico border

Border life: The outlet mall in Laredo

by Andy Uhler Jan 29, 2019
Here on the Texas-Mexico border, most people don’t think about the boundary as much more than an inconvenient passport check.
People driving across the border from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico are greeted by a massive outlet mall, Outlet Shoppes at Laredo in Laredo, Texas, that sells everything from sneakers and T-shirts to kitchenware and iPhones, shown here on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
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