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Border Lines (Part 2): How Mexican Cartels Use Immigrants as a Decoy For Transnational Crime

Some say there’s a crisis at the southern border of the United States, some say illegal immigration is out of control, and others fear drug or human smuggling. Some say there’s no problem at all.

So what is happening at the border? We decided to go there and see it for ourselves.

We went to Hidalgo, Texas, where the U.S. border can be seen, as well as part of the border wall. On this side of the fence, residents come to this location to enjoy the scenery and to appreciate nature.

Why are so many people willing to risk everything to cross the border into the United States? The freedom and safety we have here, which we often take for granted, is one reason. The wish for a higher standard of living is another.

This episode premieres on this page at 12p.m. ET on Saturday, June 19.

Hosted by award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Kay Rubacek, Life & Times travels the nation to bring you the hopeful stories behind the biggest news of today.

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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Congressional Candidate Mayra Flores talks to Life & Times about the need of migration reform. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, illegal immigrants rest after crossing onto the U.S. and await being guided to a processing station in Roma, Texas. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Jaeson Jones CEO, Omni Intelligence explains how Mexican cartels Use immigrants as a decoy For transnational crime(Oliver Trey/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Illegal immigrates jump off moving vehicle to evade capture from border patrol. (Courtesy Jaeson Jones @Tripwirestriggers)
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Jaeson Jones CEO, Omni Intelligence, sits on a rock in Roma, TX opposite from a Mexican border-town (Sunny Yang/NTD)
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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Pastor Luis Silva speaks to Life & Times in Roma, Texas. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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Congressional Candidate Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez, sits down to talk with Life and Times (Sunny Yang/NTD)