How have the drug trade and a dramatic growth in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ranks affected communities along the border with Mexico?
For insight, host Al Letson turns to reporter G.W. Schulz in El Paso, Texas, one of the nation’s busiest border crossings. Schulz has been reporting on the border along with Andrew Becker for years, unveiling the real implications of increasingly heightened security. You can read their investigations in our series, Crossing the Line.
One of the biggest surprises that Schulz encountered in his reporting on the Border Patrol: the sheer volume of drug busts by the agency – and the unintended consequences they bring to border communities.
His earlier investigation with Becker revealed how minor drug arrests at a border checkpoint in Eagle Pass, Texas, have put a severe financial strain on the county, highlighting the tough monetary consequences of the U.S. government’s strategy for curbing the nation’s supply of drugs and illegal immigration.
- You can find out how many drugs were seized at the Border Patrol checkpoint near Eagle Pass between 2005 and 2011 on our interactive map.