The unmanned checkpoint at Big Bend in southwest Texas is meant to boost tourism and trade with Mexico, and will have agents remotely scanning passports and other documents via cameras.
From 1970 to 2010, more than 10 million Mexicans migrated to the US. Now, after decades of rising numbers immigrating to the US, a new demographic trend is playing out: illegal immigration is waning. The Department of Homeland Security said in a 2010 report that the number of immigrants residing unauthorized in the US, 62 percent of whom come from Mexico, has declined from a peak of 11.8 million in January of 2007 to 10.8 million in January of 2010. US Customs and Border Protection also released data showing that the number of those arrested trying to cross the border illegally is is down sharply – by 58 percent since fiscal year 2006. The Pew Hispanic Center, using Mexican government data, estimates that the number of Mexicans annually leaving Mexico for the US declined by 60 percent from 2006 to 2010. Many dispute the reason why. Here are four factors that play a role.
Hurricane Rina, currently a Category 2 storm, could further mar the popular resort region, which has yet to recover from the damage Hurricane Wilma caused six years ago.
Amid intimidation, news outlets are also unable to tell the 'positive' stories out of Mexico, which a new report calls the fifth most dangerous environment in the world for journalists.
Hurricane Rina has formed off of the Caribbean coast of Central America as the region digs out from floods that killed more than 100 people. Guest blogger Tim Muth looks at the role that humans play in such tragedies.
Guest blogger James Bosworth breaks down why Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won Argentina's presidential election, and what the future might hold for her and her country.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon last week accused the US policy of deporting criminals into northern Mexico of fueling the criminal violence that is ravaging the country.
The Freedom House report on Cuba released today finds that Cubans see real economic change there, and more Cubans now would rather work for themselves than hold once-prized state jobs.
A big drop in illegal immigration seems to be taking place along the US-Mexico border. Some attribute this to rising prosperity in Mexico, but other more influential factors are in play.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returned to Caracas Thursday to tell the nation he has recovered from cancer after being treated in Cuba and saying that 'Socialism is the way of Christ.'
The protesters' march from their home in the TIPNIS territory, where construction of a government-backed road has incited the community, has shaken President Evo Morales' political base.
Blogger Julia Michaels pulls out key points of an extensive Q&A from Epoca magazine with Rio state's top cop, particularly on the state's police pacification program in its many favela slums.
Despite the fact that Brazil's banks boomed while the world’s banks reeled amid global economic turmoil, strikers just caused havoc in the industry for three weeks. Blogger Greg Michener offers three hypotheses for 'what gives.'
Illegal immigration: The Obama administration says that 55 percent of the nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants deported in 2010 had criminal records. Guest blogger Mike Allison says those numbers need further context.
Those who support warmer US-Cuba ties, including lifting travel restrictions and re-establishing diplomatic relations, are not eligible to vote in the US, diminishing their political influence.
Colombia used to be the world's kidnapping capital, but those numbers have decreased over the last decade. The kidnapping of 10-year-old Nhora Valentina Munoz was a reminder of a darker past.