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Border Battleground Series
The Brownsville Herald
August 2005

Matamoros boy holds bullet after gun battle
A Matamoros boy holds a bullet from a high-powered rifle shortly after an
October 2005 gun battle between drug traffickers and federal police.
(Photo: Sergio Chapa)

The Border Battleground series originating on a unique and exclusive interviews with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza and other high-level officials at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Once back home, a series was developed into a five-day series by adding interviews with local, state and federal officials as well as university professors and other experts. The series won a APME Award in April 2006.

Border Battleground – Day One (Sunday, August 14, 2005)

Living On The Edge: Deaths Mounting On Mexico’s Border Security Watch
Border Work Shortage Drives Job Seekers North

Border Battleground – Day Two (Monday, August 15, 2005)

War On Drugs Pushing Meth Labs South Of The Border
Meth Traffic Picking Up At Local Border

Border Battleground – Day Three (Tuesday, August 16, 2005)

Guns Head South As Drug Trade Maintains Northward Flow
Strict Mexican Gun Laws Creating Black Market For U.S. Weapons

Border Battleground – Day Four (Wednesday, August 17, 2005)

Brazilians Jumping Through Legal Loophole To Penetrate Border
Brazilian Immigrants Now Subject To Expedited Removal

Border Battleground – Day Five (Thursday, August 18, 2005)

U.S. Funding Increased Border Security Efforts In Mexico
Mexican Presidential Hopefuls Will Stump On Border Security