Introduction: Twin Cities, Divided Lives (00:18)
A map of the border between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is displayed in this opening segment.
Relative Location (03:15)
On the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez is a squatter's settlement called Anapra, most have no running water or sewers. The geography of wealth is about proximity.
Mexican Maquiladoras (05:10)
Escajeda studies workers at maquiladora plants, which are located close to the U.S. border. The income benefit of these jobs draws thousands of Mexicans from poorer areas in the interior.
Illegal Border Crossing (04:43)
To see in the desert at night, the US border patrol uses heat-sensitive night vision cameras. Follow Choncha, a single parent who crosses the border illegally for work on a daily basis.
Introduction: Operation Hold the Line (00:18)
The following terms are reviewed in this opening segment: regions; relative location; scale; spatial perspective.
Borderland Culture (04:17)
The culture of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico are similar. Berg explains the importance of maintaining good relations between these two regions. Seventy-five percent of El Paso inhabitants have Spanish surnames.
New Border Patrol System (03:11)
U.S. citizens are angry about illegal immigrants, and pressure comes down on the US Border Patrol. In 1994, Reyes created a new approach to guarding the border called Operation Hold the Line.
Managing Illegal Crossings (02:05)
Since the establishment of Operation Hold the Line, 80% of immigrants attempt to cross the border near Anapra. Border patrol proposes a 10 mile long steel fence there.
Legitimizing U.S. Entry (03:05)
The Get Tough policy has had an unintended and ironic consequence. Over 9 million unauthorized Mexicans now live in the US.
Credits: Boundaries and Borderlands—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century (01:01)
Credits: Boundaries and Borderlands—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century
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