West Texas: March 2-9, 2014
NOTE DATE CHANGE: Please reserve the week of March 2-9 to join us on our next excursion to the southwest border. On previous trips, we explored most of southern Arizona and traveled through the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. This time we will explore the West Texas border, including the area around El Paso and Big Bend National Park.
The Rio Grande separates Texas and Mexico across a stretch of more than 1,200 miles that is rich in history and intrigue. The natural boundary makes up almost two-thirds of the southwest border and has the most ports of entry, as well as millions of illegal crossings. Just across the river, cartels operate human and drug smuggling routes and exert increasing control over Mexican institutions. Places like Ciudad Juarez and Nuevo Laredo are notorious for border-related violence (our tour will stick to the U.S. side of the border).
Veteran journalist Jerry Kammer will lead the group, sharing his expertise from more than 30 years writing on border issues, and will be joined by our executive director, Mark Krikorian. As always, the week-long trip will be filled with perspectives from local residents and law enforcement officials that are invaluable to understanding the problems and complexities along the border. Past guests have told us that their experience was unique and unforgettable. One participant said that every American should be required to see the border firsthand.
We will provide a detailed itinerary, as well as cost and payment information, to those who are interested in the coming weeks. Guests will need to make their own flight arrangements but the Center will provide all ground transportation, lodging, excursions, and food and drink during the eight-day, seven-night tour. If you are interested in joining us please contact John Wahala as soon as possible, as space is limited. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our office number is (202) 466-8185.
Read accounts and view pictures of past tours:
A Washington Narrative Meets Reality
Sunshine, Saguaros, and Smugglers
Reflections from the Border
Testimonials from Past Guests
“All I can say is top notch, incredibly well-done. These tours are can't miss.” - Jim
“Every American should come see the state of the southwest border.” - Linda
“The various people we met brought into stark relief the magnitude of the problems the nation faces arising from illegal immigration. - Allan
“You promised we would not get the usual Border Patrol spin job or fed the Janet Napolitano line about how border security has improved, and you were right. We heard and saw at many dangerous border sites from local ranchers, a veteran customs agent, border residents and brave journalists who really knew their stuff, the dismal truth about how our federal government has failed to protect American citizens.” - Don
“We thought the arrangements to meet these extraordinary people were superb, as was the guidance and logistics on the entire trip. Thanks for all you did to make our visits such memorable experiences.” - Don
“It was an outstanding trip. So much experience and information packed into just a few days. Thanks for the excellent arrangements!” - Sarah