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The BorderlandsStacey Senst

There are multiple cartels and multiple drug routes distributing different kinds of drugs along the Mexican region and up towards the border. There are also drugs being distributed from other countries into Mexico, such as China and Colombia.

My own cultural background affects how I view the borderlands. I have a very diverse background and with this diversity comes a proper analysis of other regions and its people. I perceive the people in this region as ambitious to have a home and life that they can raise children in and give their families more than they themselves had. I view the region itself as a place I personally wouldn't want to live in due to the lack of opportunities available.

The borderland is a formal region based on its majority of people that are of a Latino background and speak a common language, Spanish. This area is also characterized by its dry, hot climate.

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The borderland includes human and physical characteristics, such as the fence dividing the regions and the border patrol monitoring this area

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This map shows cities in Mexico that have high rates of drug violence, which is a common issue in that region.

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The borderlands have a very hot and dry climate, therefore, water is a valued and scarce resource. This picture shows the very low water levels due to the climate.

Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez used to be the main drop off location for deportees since they are the largest border cities, however, now deportees are being sent to Mexicali, a secondary border crossing. They are usually brought by bus all the way to Mexicali rather than being released in Nogales.

A lot of the clothing for women in Mexico is long, flowing dresses that have some sort of floral or pattern printed on it.

The United States and Mexico obviously have to work together to maintain and gain their individual economic status. The United States is Mexico's top trading partner for material and resources, shown in this picture.

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The territorial division between Mexico and the United States is a fence. Many try to cross it illegally in hopes of a better life in America. Border patrol monitors areas near this fence to prevent illegal crossings.

Flooding in Nogales, Mexico that killed two people and affects the lives of those that live near the flood such as difficulty traveling around the city.

This image shows the difference between Nogales in 1898 and 2008. It is clear that the area has been transformed by the people into a more densely populated and urban-like city.

San Diego, CA uses solar panels as an energy resource, which is becoming more and more popular and a preferred use of energy.

The more people that decide to settle down in one place, the more urbanized the city itself becomes as the people begin adding houses and opening stores for business and building roads for travel. Urbanizing a city then brings more people in as it becomes a more comfortable place to settle down.

Mexico has houses and cities that are right along the border fence whereas the United States has no houses in sight that close to the division. Many Americans have a steretype about the border and choose to live very far from it. It's a possibilty that more will be developed closer to the border on America's side.

This map shows the area of the borderlands. Between 2000 and 2010, population has increased in this region by about 12% (U.S.) and 18% (Mexico).


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