McKeone in McAllen

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

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 English,...

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