McKeone in McAllen

As the world looks on in outrage, US correspondent Marion McKeone reports from the Texan border, where the immigration processing scandal paints America in its darkest light

24th June, 2018
McKeone in McAllen
Migrants detained by US Border Patrol agents are held in a jail at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas

McAllen is a thriving Texas border town about seven miles from the wretched border crossing hamlet of Hidalgo. It is, for the most part, comfortably bi-cultural – even if it is deeply divided on how best to approach the thorny issue of immigration control.

Everywhere, Hispanics and Anglos as the locals call themselves, seem to co-exist in a state of relative harmony. The newspaper, the Valley Times, is printed half in Spanish and half in...

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