Along the border fences that stretch between Tijuana and Tecate, U.S. Border Patrol agents use small openings to monitor the Mexican side. Heroin addiciton is prevalent along the Tijuana River.
Traveling to Tijuana, Louie Palu speaks to deportees who have become heroin addicts and to rehab center staff members who operate needle exchange programs.
Youngstown, Ohio, was once one of the centers of US steel manufacturing. Today, there are hopes that shale gas could revive the town - and fears it may destroy what little is left of it.
For decades Youngstown, Ohio, was one of the great centers of U.S. steel manufacturing. Then the industry collapsed and jobs disappeared. Now, shale gas is reviving the city's hopes - and fears.
For many in Ciudad Juarez and along the U.S.-Mexico border addiction, organized crime, gang-led violence, and corruption spawned by drug cartels have become a part of daily life.
While shale gas has revived the economy of a Pennsylvania county, it also threatens to undermine traditional farming.
In the past few years, Pennsylvania's Bradford County has become the center of shale gas extraction, but now the industry threatens to undermine traditional farming and dairy operations in the area.
Key to figuring out what goes on in Ciudad Juarez is understanding the roles played by the local police and the Federales—and most importantly the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Visiting Monterrey, Mexico, on election day, Louie Palu gets a behind-the-scenes look at the aftermath of drug-related violence.
The paper industry once employed thousands of people across the state of Wisconsin. Now, mills are closing.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents conduct vehicle searches, monitor video surveillance, and check for invasive species of insects at ports of entry in Laredo, Texas.
U.S. customs officers in Laredo, Texas, have found harmful insects in flower shipments and drugs hidden in frozen squid. As one officer says, their job is to catch “drugs, thugs and bugs.”