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BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas — A formal border crossing with Mexico will open soon, linking Rio Grande Village — located inside Big Bend National Park in Texas — and the village of Boquillas, Mexico. Documents have now been sent to the government printing office, one of the final steps before a new border station opens. This story is part of the Fronteras Desk project, a reporting initiative led by a consortium of NPR stations in the southwest.
People on either side used to cross freely to exchange goods and services. But after 9-11, the United States declared all informal crossings such as this one illegal. There are hopes on both sides of the border that this legal border crossing will bring economic revival.
The border may be sealed at Boquillas, Mexico. But the solitary sound of a Mexican man singing — his name is Victor Valdez — soars across the river. He asks, “Want to hear another song?”