Life as a Mexican American on the Border Patrol: ‘The system is not broken’

About half the agents who patrol the southern US border are Latinos. For Vicente Paco, an immigrant himself, heritage is not to be confused with patriotism Vicente Paco was born in Mexico and while in school, he learned about how United States marines invaded Mexico, slaughtered Mexicans and annexed Mexican territory. Their green uniform was…

One prison, two realities: detainees suffer, but locals say it keeps a poor township afloat

For residents of small-town Eloy, Arizona, the local prison is a critical source of employment and tax fund, but for detainees its a world of sadnes and neglect The Arizona township of Eloy used to live off cotton until it sucked up so much groundwater the desert floor began to fissure and collapse. The town…

A reservation town fighting alcoholism, obesity and ghosts from the past

In the Native American community of Blackwater, Arizona, gambling money follows from nearby casinos but personal incomes remain among the lowest in the US. Chris McGreal visits for the last in his series on Americas poorest towns Chuck Morgan is back where he began. Almost. There used to be an old build, like a barn,…