DEL RIO, Texas--To the young Mexicans with baggy jeans who regularly prowl the rocky bank of the Rio Grande, the isolated Vega Verde neighborhood just across the river is an American wonderland of large well-furnished homes, satellite... More >>>
San Antonio Express-News
Top photo: Carlos Lazaro Tijerina, from left, Jesus Alberto Castuita Gutierrez and Martin Cerdo Martinez sit on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, overlooking the American Vega Verde subdivision. The three, along with Luis Armando Chavez Vaquera, crossed the river in 1999 to steal. Chavez Vaquera, shot as he fled by an angry homeowner, didn't return. In another case, Sam Blackwood, below, shot an illegal Mexican immigrant in the back of the leg at Blackwood's Kinney County ranch. He was convicted of a misdemeanor and given a fine and probation.