Franklin Alexander Ordonez Ordonez (left) is from the capital city of Honduras, considered one of the most violent places on earth. Speaking from a graveyard in Nogales where he sought a shady reprieve close to the Arizona border, Ordonez said he was on his way north and would be trying for a fourth time to enter the country in search of work. He said no number of Border Patrol arrests would be enough to discourage him. “I’ll try until I make it,” Ordonez said in Spanish. “It doesn’t matter how many times it takes.” He does not have family in the United States. Three brothers and sisters are back home in Honduras.
Credit: Will Seberger/For the Center for Investigative Reporting
Our homeland security reporter G.W. Schulz, with permission from a nearby Border Patrol officer, photographs a part of the U.S./Mexico border.
One foot in Brownsville, Texas. The other in Matamoros, Mexico. Same pale, dry earth covering both shoes. Shot today.
In Mexico, 12,000 killed in drug violence in 2011
From the Washington Post: “About 12,000 people were slain last year in Mexico’s surging drug violence, according to grim tallies reported Monday by the country’s leading media outlets. Annual indexes of torture, beheadings and the killing of women all showed increases.”