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Border At Boquillas

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mex.

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mex.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

The village of Boquillas, Mex., as seen from a path leading from the Rio Grande into Big Bend National Park, Texas.

The village of Boquillas, Mex., as seen from a path leading from the Rio Grande into Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

A Mexican citizen paddles his canoe from the northern shoreline of the Rio Grande into Coahuila, Mex. near Boquillas.

A Mexican citizen paddles his canoe from the northern shoreline of the Rio Grande into Coahuila, Mex. near Boquillas.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

A Mexican citizen walks to Boquillas after crossing into Mexico from Big Bend National Park, Texas.

A Mexican citizen walks to Boquillas after crossing into Mexico from Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

Victor Valdez waves from Coahuila, Mex., near the village of Boquillas. His lyrical a capella voice echoes across Boquillas Canyon.

Victor Valdez waves from Coahuila, Mex., near the village of Boquillas. His lyrical a capella voice echoes across Boquillas Canyon.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

The gate leading to the river crossing into northern Mexico near the village of Boquillas, Coahuila.

The gate leading to the river crossing into northern Mexico near the village of Boquillas, Coahuila.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

People entering the United States from Boquillas, Mexico will walk up this path. Note the video cameras mounted above the border station.

People entering the United States from Boquillas, Mexico will walk up this path. Note the video cameras mounted above the border station.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

People crossing into Texas from Boquillas, Mexico will have their passports scanned at these machines. Agents in El Paso, Texas will communicate with visitors by phone.

People crossing into Texas from Boquillas, Mexico will have their passports scanned at these machines. Agents in El Paso, Texas will communicate with visitors by phone.

Credit: Lorne Matalon

An exterior view of the border station, known as a Port of Entry. Mexico is to the left, the United States is to the right.

An exterior view of the border station, known as a Port of Entry. Mexico is to the left, the United States is to the right.

Credit: Lorne Matalon