With news of drug violence along the US-Mexico border, most Americans are avoiding it. But one tour beckons, promising an apolitical view that gets past the usual rhetoric.
The US-Mexico border: scary place or misunderstood region?
Now you can find out for yourself. A new Arizona bus tour promises to shed light on what life is really like along a stretch of the 2,000-mile international boundary, a flashpoint for heated debate over illegal immigration and national security.
“Border Crisis: Fact and Fiction” introduces tour-goers to ranchers, business owners, and others who live and work on both sides of the border.
IN PICTURES: The scene at the US/Mexico border
“Take your own fact-finding mission on the US-Mexico border,” a Gray Line Tours advertises. “Don’t let the politicians and news broadcasters become your only source of information.”
The $75 tours, touted as apolitical, aim to get past the rhetoric that revolves around the border by offering twice-a-month trips to Nogales, Ariz., about 60 miles south of Tucson. The tours include a look at the state's busiest port of entry, the border wall, and a water tank placed a few miles away to aid migrants making the illegal trek north through the desert.