CIR reporter Andrew Becker speaks to National Public Radio’s News & Notes about Mexico’s drug war and the effect on immigration and border towns in the U.S.

From NPR:

A drug war is raging across the border. Over 6,000 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico last year. The body count is mounting, and the violence is spilling into the United States.

Tony Cox explores how U.S. officials are addressing the growing crisis. Plus, how can travelers stay out of danger?

Cox speaks with Andrew Becker — a staff writer for the Center for Investigative Reporting — and Ken Ellingwood, a correspondent in the Mexico City bureau of the Los Angeles Times and the author of Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

+ Listen online.

+ Becker’s recent story on the recent wave of asylum-seekers from Mexico appeared in the Los Angeles Times on March 4, 2009. Read the story.

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