By Molly Bilker | Thursday, April 28, 2016
NOGALES, MEXICO — The pedestrian crossing line into the United States winds out of the port of entry building and into the city on an early weekday afternoon. As those waiting mingle in line, others return to Mexico coming the other way, arms heavy with shopping bags.
By Miguel Otarola and Molly Bilker | Tuesday, April 19, 2016
SOUTHEAST ARIZONA — Inside a large chain-link cage at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, a Mexican gray wolf gently moves from behind a tree and into the open air. It stands in the midday sun, dark-lined eyes looking intently beyond the fence, before settling under the tree for shade.
By Molly Bilker | Thursday, April 7, 2016
SANTA FE, NM -- The film “Sicario” opens on a static shot of a neighborhood somewhere in the desert. A team of police officers enter the scene from the right side, just after the words “Chandler, Arizona” fade from the screen.
By Molly Bilker and Miguel Otárola | Monday, April 4, 2016
U.S.-Mexico Border — Over the weekend, Borderlands team digital reporters Miguel Otárola and Molly Bilker, along with photographer Courtney Pedroza, took a reporting trip that brought them through some of the historic landmark towns of southeastern Arizona. The trip began in Bisbee, took a quick jaunt to Douglas and its sister city in Mexico, Agua Prieta, and eventually ended in Nogales.
By Molly Bilker | Thursday, March 24, 2016
EL PASO, TEXAS -- Peter Svarzbein, city councilman for this Texas border community, makes a left turn at a parking garage near the university campus. The street ahead -- to many just flat black asphalt and bright yellow lines -- is one that, to Svarzbein, holds the city’s future.
By Molly Bilker | Tuesday, March 22, 2016
FLAGSTAFF -- A cheer went up in Macy’s European Coffeehouse and Bakery in this small mountain city on Tuesday morning as Bernie Sanders walked in with an entourage of media outlets and Secret Service agents.
By Molly Bilker | Thursday, March 17, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s campaign released two bilingual ads in Arizona on Thursday, featuring Spanish speakers expressing their support for her presidential bid in November, just days before the Arizona primary election on Tuesday.
By Molly Bilker | Wednesday, March 16, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- Outside the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles just west of the downtown area, Mexican vendors and workers mill around, selling tamales and newspapers. Across the street is MacArthur Park, known for immigrant families and vendors who pass their time there.
By Molly Bilker | Wednesday, March 2, 2016
NOGALES -- Produce imports through Nogales remain on the rise as the produce-growing industry shifts further into Mexico, despite concerns of inadequate customs staffing at the port of entry.
By Borderlands Team | Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
Editor’s note: Recently, a group of Cronkite reporters for the Borderlands program spent a week covering Pope Francis' visit to the border. In the end, the story became more than just about the pope. The reporters were among the few, if not the only student reporters, who covered the story from El Paso and Juárez, one of the biggest border communities in the world, from both sides. Here's an essay with their reflections:
By Molly Bilker and Miguel Otárola | Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- In the slanting afternoon shadows between this city and its sister across the border, Pope Francis ascended a ramp built overlooking the levee of the Rio Grande and blessed the U.S. and its people, including migrants and refugees.
By Molly Bilker | Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
EL PASO, Texas -- While crowds across the border in Ciudad Juárez are almost too dense to navigate, the streets here remain quiet -- perhaps too quiet -- only hours before Pope Francis celebrates Mass.