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Two sides, one story

On Sunday, newspapers, news websites and TV programs were filled with the story of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo Guzman,” and his recent escape from a maximum-security Mexico prison cell.

As I logged into my Facebook account on Sunday to see what people had been up to during the weekend, my news feed was filled with articles about El Chapo Guzman’s escape from Mexico’s Altiplano prison.

This is the second time that El Chapo Guzman has escaped from a maximum-security prison. This time, the drug lord used a tunnel of more than 1,500 meters that was constructed below a shower in the prison.

The escape of El Chapo Guzman from prison represents a political crisis in Mexico for some analysts and security experts.

Facebook posts, opinions, tweets, pictures and even the socially known “memes” took little time to appear in my different social media pages. I could see some people using picture references to say that money was the “tunnel” that El Chapo Guzman had used to escape prison.

As a person living on the border of Mexico and the United States, I am usually informed and exposed to both sides of the story when it comes to news related to both countries.

On one side, while on my social media pages, I could read all the complaints that my contacts living in Mexico made. News like this represents the corruption of the Mexican government and I could see the tiredness of these people when they expressed themselves about the El Chapo’s escape. Some people stated their frustration, but also expressed how they weren’t surprised about his escape after all, since this is not the first time that this drug lord has escaped. Insecurity is something that many Mexicans experience with government corruption.

On the other side, international newspapers and websites also made this story spread quickly among people around the world and the U.S.

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump also used social media to express his opinion in regards to Guzman’s escape. His various posts on Twitter also made news in both countries.

Trump said that he would “kick his ass” and also stated that the United States will invite Guzman to become a U.S. citizen, Trump used Guzman’s escape as a way to reaffirm his initial comments about Mexicans.

I started looking at Mr. Trump’s Twitter account while I was talking to my boss about this column. While we were both looking at Mr. Trump’s tweets, we found out that he had been discussing this Mexican incident for a complete day.

I could see some of the things that my boss said and we were both able to compare this incident with Trump’s opinion in regards to El Chapo Guzman and to Mexicans.

This brings me to the conclusion that if one stops to think; living on the border represents a way to view news and stories in both countries in a closer way.

I believe that being in contact with both sides of the  border allows me feel the anger and frustration that Mexicans have with the government corruption the country is experiencing. I get to live and see how a part of Mexico, a part that once was the most dangerous city in the world, is fighting corruption, but at the same time improving the city.

I also get to see how Americans in El Paso feel the same frustration when candidates speak against Mexicans and Latinos.

Being on the border exposes us to news, stories, languages and cultures from both countries, giving us a sense that it is one community instead of two separate ones. We get to see both sides of the story, which is a very living-in-the-border thing.

Fernanda Leon may be reached at

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