Irresponsible news stories about the border impact people’s views of it — especially those of people who are farthest away from the border. These stories impact our general perception of immigrants and Latinos, which in turn impacts how we handle matters in border regions.
My family’s trajectory is in many ways the story of South Texas. Non-citizens becoming citizens and forming families that bear generation after generation of Americans. This is the magic of the Rio Grande. Lately, people want to build walls on this river where I grew up.