My husband and I just returned from a trip to Nueva Rosita in the state of Coahuila in Mexico. We went with a group of delightful teenagers from our church's youth group. Our task was to paint a small Episcopal church in the town. A longer article will follow.
Here you can see part of Nueva Rosita away from the downtown, including hints of the coal mining which dominates the area. In fact, the large area of Coahuila to the north of the state goes by the name región cabonifera or coal-bearing region. We crossed the border into Mexico at Eagle Pass, Texas, my favorite crossing point. The city on the other side of the border, Piedras Negras, is probably the pleasantest of the Mexico-Texas border cities and the one I would recommend if you don't have an opportunity to delve further into Mexico.
As has always been my experience in Mexico, people known and unknown were extraordinarily gracious and hospitable. If only we offered, as a rule, the same welcoming treatment on the U.S. side of the border! And yes, I do mean to undocumented workers, too.