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Patrolling the US-Mexico border as a Mexican-American

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A fence runs along the US-Mexico border between the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry in and near San Diego, California, across from Tijuana, Mexico.
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A fence runs along the US-Mexico border between the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry in and near San Diego, California, across from Tijuana, Mexico.

"Faces from the Border" is a three-part series that explores the lives of Mexican-American customs agents who work the Mexico/US border.

In wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, protecting America’s borders once again dominates the headlines.

And in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, immigration, too, is center stage. But protecting America’s border between the U.S. and Mexico isn’t a simple case of good versus bad. 

For some, protecting the line where north meets south is complicated. Thousands of border agents are both Mexican and American.

Alfredo Corchado explores the political and emotional tug-of-war of these agents in a three-part series for New Yorker Magazine. It’s called "Faces from the Border." He joined us to talk more about his piece. 

Read the first part of the series here. Second part can be found here

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