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This Is Uncomfortable
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: 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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Does the Northern Ireland border stand in the way of Brexit?

by Stephen Beard Feb 8, 2019
Ireland and the EU say the border needs to remain open or paramilitary violence will resume. Brexiteers say that's nonsense.
Activists attend a demonstration by the anit-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.
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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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Government shutdown 2019

Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he stokes 'fear'

by Associated Press Jan 8, 2019
President Trump's televised address comes as the partial government shutdown continues.
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How to solve problems around Brexit and the Irish border

by Stephen Beard Jun 27, 2018
Could technology help prevent bottlenecks on the EU-U.K. border?
Traffic crosses the border into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic next to a poster protesting a hard Brexit.
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The facilities that are housing children separated from their parents

by Andy Uhler and David Brancaccio Jun 20, 2018
We take a closer look at the firm Southwest Key.
Undocumented migrants wait for asylum hearings outside of the port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico on Monday.
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