9 things most people don't know about life on the Mexican-American border.

We're masters at juggling the two cultures that surround us.

I grew up in Nogales, Arizona, a border town along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nogales has always had a big, physical barrier between the two countries, and I never quite understood what that meant as a kid. Back then, it was normal to drive along the freeway toward downtown and see a whole other world through a dingy fence.

Homes in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, across the border from Nogales, Arizona. Image by Nieves Montaño, used with permission.

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After failing to get Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to defend or denounce Donald Trump's labeling of Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "criminals" at the beginning of Tuesday's vice presidential debate, Sen. Tim Kaine tried once more as it was wrapping up.

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"When Donald Trump says women should be punished, that Mexicans are rapists and criminals, he is showing you who he is," Kaine said.

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