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Life, Love and Fear on the Border

Reported by Brooke Binkowski

Although Mexico is treated as a den of drugs, cartels, and violence in the international media, the truth is far more complex, but its people are rarely given a chance to speak for themselves.

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I am a child of the border.

I still split my time between both Mexico and the United States. Mexico is one of the United States’ most important relationships, economically, socially, and culturally, yet this connection goes largely unexplored, even in border regions.

This needs to change, because while Mexico certainly has its share of internal problems, many of its biggest issues — drug cartels, human trafficking, mass emigration — originated with American policies.

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Children on the Tijuana side of the border.

Eric Simpson

James Deavenport

patrick bobbitt

Joe Lilly

Jon Braden

Shelby Highsmith

Molly Peterson

shannon morgan

Carla King

Jacob Howerton

Natalia Timakova

Sara Komarnisky

Jesse Altilio

Julia Burke

Clair High

J Rae Hudspeth

Maddison Kavanagh

Richard T. Powers

Carl Speed

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Paul OSullivan

Sharon Cicchetti

Sean Maker

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March 9 at 1:52 am

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Brooke Binkowski BIOGRAPHY

I was born in San Diego and grew up between California and England. I now live back in San Diego after ten years in other places, but travel as much as I can.

I have been a journalist for nearly two decades. I started as a reporter covering breaking and spot news, and have written about everything from Hurricane Katrina evacuees to Alaskan pilots training in Guam. My career has taken me from Anchorage to Atlanta to Los Angeles.

I now work as an independent multimedia journalist, concentrating almost exclusively on immigration and border issues, environmental stories, and indigenous rights.

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