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A four-part Fronteras Desk series reporting on the roots of intolerance and prejudice in the Americas today. Each piece is a unique profile on an individual exploring specific kinds of conflicts and tensions in their lives arising from their identity.
Gary Holiday
When a Navajo baby is born it’s custom to bury the umbilical cord in the ground. The Navajo believe that ties the child to the land forever. But a new generation of Navajos are defying this belief as more and more young people leave the Navajo Nation to go to college or to find work. Elders encourage their return, but often that transition home is brutal.
Mexico is struggling with the aftermath of last week’s earthquakes. And at the country’s capital, while some try to reset everything, others still grieve.
Mexico Earthquake
After the devastating earthquake in Mexico, the trade offices of Arizona and Phoenix in Mexico City are trying to help the affected communities.
Part of Arizona’s congressional delegation is demanding that the U.S. federal government step in to intervene on a cross-border sewage spill that’s been leaching from Mexico into southeastern Arizona.
Flagstaff
Flagstaff City Council passed a resolution Sept. 19 calling on Congress to support an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program within the next six months.
Volunteers at a donation center in the Miguel Hidalgo borough in western Mexico City.
After an earthquake struck Mexico City, thousands volunteered to help. Ordinary citizens volunteered to dig through rubble for survivors while others delivered supplies to disaster areas.
Mexico Earthquake
There’s been sadness and grief in Mexico City, but also an amazing display of benevolence and kindness.
EPA official measures the pH
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and a valve inside an old Colorado mine to prevent another wastewater spill. Two years ago the agency accidentally triggered a blowout that contaminated rivers in three states.
California filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop the Trump administration from building a wall along the state’s border with Mexico.
Mary Lynch
Two years ago the town of Sanders, Arizona, learned their drinking water was toxic. The school district installed a water filtration system this summer, but many people are sick with conditions linked to uranium contamination. And no one has cleaned it up.
Officials expect a temporary disruption in business at Phoenix’s trade office in Mexico City following Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
Workers head to rescue operations
A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway sickeningly in the capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage.
Trucks line up for for inspection at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. About 5,000 trucks per day travel through this commercial crossing.
An Arizona Department of Transportation program, designed to train Mexican truck drivers on safety regulations when they cross into the U.S., is expanding in Sonora with more trainings Tuesday.
Mexican shoppers have for decades traveled up to the border to buy what was otherwise unavailable in their country. But those habits are changing and businesses on the border are struggling to find a way to evolve with them.

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