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On The Road with Farai Chideya: El Paso

A footbridge crosses the Rio Grande and layers of fences into Mexico.
Farai Chideya, NPR
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A footbridge crosses the Rio Grande and layers of fences into Mexico.

On the second day of her trip across America, Chideya stopped in El Paso, Texas, to talk with Robert Boatwright, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol. In the typical blazing heat of summer, they talk about securing the U.S.-Mexico border where Mexico meets the state borders of New Mexico and Texas.

El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, are separated by the wide, shallow Rio Grande, and the border crossing is one of the most heavily traveled junctions between the United States and Mexico.

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Farai Chideya
Farai Chideya is a multimedia journalist who has worked in print, television, online, and radio. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET. She got her start as a researcher and reporter at Newsweek magazine. In 1997 Newsweek named her to its "Century Club" of 100 people to watch.
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