From the window of the Burger King where she works as a cashier, Tracy points to a modest, concrete building a few hundred metres away.
“You see that building over there? That’s Mexico, that’s the border,” she says, in Hidalgo, Texas.
For many in Southwest Texas, life revolves around the border. It’s here that the majority of child migrants from Central America are crossing into the United States, a situation that President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. But the mere mention of the border tends to drag in all kinds of other issues, from national security to immigration reform and the rise of Hispanic influence in the United States. Last week, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who controversially called in the National Guard to reinforce beleaguered border-patrol officers, suggested there was a “very real possibility” that terrorists from ISIL could have infiltrated the U.S. via its southern border.