Sticking Up For A Sibling City...Across A Chasm As Big As Texas

In the pre-dawn desert chill, wheezing buses deposit workers outside the sheds that house Ciudad Jurez' assembly industry. These maquiladoras operate in a limbo that is neither Mexico nor the U.S. They employ nearly a third of Ciudad Jurez' workforce yet paid no taxes on their earnings in Mexico until this year. They are Mexico's second-largest foreign exchange earner and buy almost nothing from the country's other factories. But they join two cities separated by the border between the First and Third Worlds.

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