• The Border

    Hudspeth County is bounded on the south by a 100-mile stretch of the Rio Grande. The county’s borderland location is central to the culture and life of its residents, but it also produces challenges and problems. Just downriver of the Juarez Valley, Hudspeth County is traversed by drug-trafficking and human-smuggling routes. Border Patrol checkpoints are situated on the two east-west thoroughfares that pass through the county, and one of those checkpoints, west of Sierra Blanca, generates hundreds of drug cases each month. National policies related to border security, immigration and drugs play out in the daily lives of Hudspeth County residents.