As a newbie to El Paso, I've been warned by a local photographer to "avoid Juarez at all costs". It is easy to get funneled into Mexico with the road system and if I happen to have a shell casing in my car, it'll mean "serious trouble". Apparently just accidentally cross over the border can be a scary ordeal.
That said, with ISIS reportedly planning a potential terrorist attack on Ft. Bliss from Juarez, security has been stepped up on post. The Department of Defense is denying that the increased security measures have anything to do with an ISIS threat, it's just there to keep family members and visitors safe (from???? And why start strict security measures on post only after the report on ISIS in Juarez surfaced? I hate it when the DOD isn't honest. It's not like they're fooling ISIS or deterring an attack by denying why security is ramped up).
The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 is tomorrow. I am of course hoping it will come and go without incident but this border town is particularly vulnerable, as are border towns all across the south in which the government is not taking seriously this threat to our nation.
Additional images will follow. If need be. Hopefully there will be no need.