Border Kids Know: Texas Is Still Texas

By Mariana Reina

A personal look at the surprising politics of the US-Mexico border region.

From practically the time I could walk until I turned 17, I started every weekday at home in Mexico and crossed into Texas to attend school Back then in the Rio Grande Valley, the border often seemed more like an idea than a reality – Matamoros and Brownsville were functionally one city, with a stop in between where we would say hello to immigration officers just like we said hello to the mailman, because we were all similar and we mostly all knew each other Virtually everybody spoke English and Spanish There was even an annual two-day holiday in both cities, known as “Charro Days” for...

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