Elvia Carrillo dumps a bucket of arabica beans into a grinder while preparing orders at Café Justo in Agua Prieta, across from Douglas. The cooperative's exports to the U.S. are helping to stabilize small towns in Mexico, heading off immigration pressures.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party's presidential election win in Mexico has also reverberated in local elections in two cities along Arizona's southern border, along with a beach town just south of the line.
When a border-city mayor doesn't cross the line even for municipal ceremonies, it raises eyebrows in the sister cities. That's what's happened with Vicente Terán, the political powerhouse in Agua Prieta, Sonora.