A Typical Day on the US Side
A Place of Friendship
The U.S.-Mexico border is commonly portrayed as a place defined by criminality and violence. This portrayal betrays a profound misunderstanding of what life on the border is really like. In fact, the border is marked most profoundly by peaceful human encounter. More goods and people cross the US-Mexico border each day than any other border in the world. And millions celebrate relationships of family and friendship that span the international boundary.
This “other border” is nowhere more dramatically on display than at Friendship Park. From the time the US-Mexico Boundary Commission first met at this location in 1849, at the end of the US-Mexico War, people have met at Friendship Park to visit across the international boundary. Across this expanse of time, the park has been characterized by good will and an absence of violence. Criminal activity has been easily managed through conventional law enforcement practices, as it is at thousands of public parks across the United States.
The current restrictions on public access to Friendship Park make a mockery of the notion of international friendship which lay at the heart of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, and to which the surrounding Border Field State Park was dedicated by then-First Lady Pat Nixon in 1971.