Take Two for December 20, 2013

American tax dollars change lives In Mexican border cities

Fronteras

Mónica Ortiz Uribe

The Chavez family of Ciudad Juárez started their own welding shop in their backyard thanks to a series of micro loans partially funded by U.S. tax dollars.

A little known infusion of American tax dollars has played a part in the fight against organized crime in two Mexican border cities: Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana. The money comes from the Merida Initiative, a multinational pact signed six years ago.

Fronteras reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe explored a few examples of what that money has accomplished.

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