What happens when you cross borders and live between two different worlds? That's what UNR professor Debbie Boehm explores in her work. She's researched how the migration and deportation of Mexicans has affected their families and their communities in Mexico and America.
"8 Murders A Day." That's how many killings there are in Juarez, Mexico. And that's also the title of Charlie Minn's new documentary, about Juarez's drug war and how it has affected the town's people. Charlie Minn tells us about the people of Juarez, how he earned their trust, and what these killings say about our larger society. Fronteras reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe, who covers border issues in Las Cruces, also joins the discussion.
What happens when you cross borders and live between two different worlds? That's what UNR professor Debbie Boehm explores in her work. She's researched how the migration and deportation of Mexicans has affected their families and their communities in Mexico and America. So how does continually crossing borders affect one's family, and one's sense of identity? How does transnationalism in Nevada affect a person's psyche? We talk with Debbie Boehm, a reporter who traveled with Guatemalan deportees, a law professor who studied kids whose parents were deported, and a woman fighting to keep her father from being deported.
Earlier this month, a drug taskforce seized 208 pounds of methamphetamine from five Las Vegas homes--the biggest meth bust in Nevada state history. Though local meth labs are gone, the recent bust demonstrates that large quantities of the drug are being smuggled in from Mexico, instead. We discuss how the meth manufacturers have adapted to continue making the drug even as policies restricted access to key chemicals, and how the persistence of meth in Las Vegas has taken its toll on city residents.
In Mexico tourist zones like Rocky Point and Cancun, drug violence, which has for the most part not been evident in these areas, is starting to find its way into areas where many Americans visit. Meanwhile in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas mass graves have been discovered revealing about 183 victims of drug violence.