Bridges, Buses and Barbed Wire

A Migrant Holiday Season on the Border

US Border Patrol agents review documents of individuals suspected of attempted illegal entry in 2019. Photo: CBP.

“There’s no work. Everything is expensive, and now there is no public safety… It even worsened after COVID,” said Juan Manuel, a young Nicaraguan who spent 23 days with his wife and infant son before arriving in the Paso del Norte borderland on a road paved with bribe-hungry Mexican immigration “officials.” 

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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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