Share your insights: How has the U.S.-Mexico border intersected your life?
In the decade since 9/11, the border that separates the United States from Mexico has become a political and social battleground. Politicians, the media and people who live – and die – along the 2,000-mile stretch from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas, have brought persistent pressure and attention to the region. It is a flash point for national security and sovereignty, illegal immigration and human rights, law enforcement and livelihood, drug trafficking and the demand that drives it. Running through much of the debate is the fence that intermittently contours the boundary lines.
Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch reporters Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz are looking for stories of the fence from both sides of the border. They want to hear from people who live with or whose lives have been affected by the barrier, such as multigenerational crossers, "border rats," landowners, immigrants, migrant workers, artists, humanitarians, religious workers, law enforcement and even smugglers. The stories can include oral histories, legends and myth. Photographs that accompany these stories are welcomed and encouraged.
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