Tag Archives: Mexican border

Migrant deaths jump, Mexican consul says

Frontera NorteSur

Although unauthorized border crossings are down to 40-year lows on the United States’ southern border, the deaths of migrants trying to reach the Promised Land are on the upswing in at least one section of the region.

Victims of violence shall not be forgotten

Kent Paterson

Frontera Nortesur 

Every night this week, a street in central El Paso will light up with the names of more than 10,000 people killed in the violence that’s ravaged Ciudad Juárez and Mexico since 2008. Sponsored by Annunciation House, the nightly projection/vigil is part of a week-long series of activities that will culminate with a dinner honoring in person the Mexican poet and anti-violence activist Javier Sicilia on Saturday, April 28. A shelter for migrants and the homeless, Annunciation House, has named Sicilia the recipient of its 2012 Voice of the Voiceless award.

Sunland Park: The surprise that keeps surprising

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of the southern New Mexico borderland is made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation. Today’s story is about the latest developments in the troubled New Mexico border town of Sunland Park.

Kent Petterson

Frontera NorteSur Special Feature 

In a stunning political development, the often-fractious Sunland Park City Council took action April 18 by a vote of 3-2, with one abstention, to install 24-year-old New Mexico State University graduate Javier Perea as mayor. Appearing before a packed house at the Sunland Park Senior Citizens Center, the finely-dressed and  carefully-groomed young man vowed to pursue an open, responsible government dedicated to economic development for an impoverished U.S.-Mexico border town submerged in political scandals, state and federal criminal investigations and state financial probes of the municipal government.

The year of smoke, ashes and rebellion

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Editor’s note: Frontera NorteSur is generally loathe to join the annual media ritual of regurgitating the year’s stories and classifying them in order of importance. The FNS editor will make no such arbitrary  judgments, but by any measure 2011 was an extraordinary year and some  reflection seems appropriate. So in the spirit of 2011, here are a few of the FNS editor’s picks. The list is far from exclusive, and  focuses on the US side of the Paso del Norte borderland as well as  New Mexico in general.

Change and challenge in a NM border town

Editor’s Note: Continuing with the New Mexico Centennial series, today’s Frontera NorteSur article  is the second of two pieces on the history of Vado-Del Cerrro in the rural Mesilla Valley south of Las Cruces. This article was made possible in part by support from the New Mexico Centennial Project, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the McCune Charitable Foundation.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Down a country lane in southern New Mexico‘s Mesilla Valley, a new walk-path and park took shape as the summer heat beat relentlessly down upon the land. 

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