The Border’s Wheels of Fortune Spin

Nearshoring, Workers and the Environment 

Landsat photo of Ciudad Juárez and El Paso. Photo: NASA.

In the annals of border history, U.S.-Mexico relations and global commerce, Ciudad Juárez has often played a pivotal role. Nudged against El Paso, Texas, and Doña Ana County, New Mexico, the northern Mexican city has been a place of revolutions and political upheavals with international repercussions, the passageway of migrants to the promised land of El Norte, and a prime source of cheap labor that first contributed to industrializing the United States and was later employed to help deindustrialize it.

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Kent Paterson is a freelance journalist who covers the southwestern United States, the border region and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch and the Americas Program. 

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