ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was on assignment in Mexico City a year ago when attackers suddenly forced his armored SUV off the road.
Mexico's tourism numbers are up, but not because of Americans.
In 2007, there were 320 murders in one year. By 2010, that number reached more than 3,000 murders. Last year, the killings went down to about 2,000 people.
Services will be held Tuesday night for a 13-year old San Ysidro Middle School student shot and killed over the weekend in Tijuana. He was one of five males killed in what is being called an attack by organized crime.
Hundreds of miles of new fencing has been built along the U.S.-Mexico Border. But some historic monuments that mark the exact boundary are being left behind the fence, blocking access from the U.S. side.
As of Tuesday, consumers in Tijuana and other Baja California border cities may see a price drop for many consumer items. It is designed to entice them to stop crossing into the U.S. to shop.
The old U.S.-Mexico border fence near San Diego was going to be sold for scrap. But local activists managed to save some of it and have plans to recycle it.
Some local health officials support the proposal. But raising the drinking age would stop 18-to-20 year old American teens from drinking legally at bars and restaurants along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Her conclusion: The big, bad border town is like many other Mexican cities. It's lovely, dusty, and full of people who work hard and keep their heads down while the bad guys rule the streets.
Officials also say human trafficking has become an integral part of organized crime over the last several years, leading in part to the increase in smuggling.