La Nueva Frontera: A Whole New World

Along the U.S.-Mexican border, where hearts and minds and money and culture merge, the Century of the Americas is born

Some places the border is a muddy river, too thin to plow, too thick to drink. Other places it's just a line in the sand. Over the years mapmakers redrew it, wars moved it, nature yanked it all around as the course of the Rio Grande shifted. But what would it take to make it disappear altogether?

If today is like any other day, this is what is going to cross the line from Mexico: a million barrels of crude oil, 432 tons of bell peppers, 238,000 light bulbs, 166 brand-new Volkswagen Beetles, 16,250 toasters, $51 million worth of auto parts,...

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