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Border Lines (Part 1): How Life on the US Border is Impacted by Increased Illegal Border Crossings

For Americans living on the Texas–Mexico border, their lives have changed dramatically with the surge in migrants illegally crossing the border into their backyards. NTD’s Life & Times went to the border to follow the migrants’ journey, the authorities who capture them, an economist who studies them, and a deputy sheriff who searches for the remains of those who don’t survive the crossing.

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.

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.

Epoch Times Photo
In a still image from a video released by NTD, Border Patrol agents detain illegal immigrants in McAllen, Texas. (Sunny Yang/NTD)
wristbands from illegal immigrants
In a still image from a video released by NTD, a large variety of wristbands from illegal immigrants entering the United States are found discarded on the ground. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
Border Patrol agent
In a still image from a video released by NTD, a Border Patrol agent sits on horseback in McAllen, Texas. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
Border Patrol agent
In a still image from a video released by NTD, a Border Patrol agent fills out paperwork for illegal immigrants in McAllen, Texas. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
illegal immigrants
In a still image from a video released by NTD, illegal immigrants are guided to a processing office before being released in McAllen, Texas. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
Dr. Raymond Robertson
In a still image from a video released by NTD, Dr. Raymond Robertson—director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy; professor; and Helen and Roy Ryu Chair in Economics and Government—talks to Life & Times about the connection between trade and migration. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
Don White
Don White, deputy sheriff at Brooks County Texas, takes NTD’s Life & Times on a search and recovery patrol. (Oliver Trey/NTD)
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