I've said in this space before that I have unending respect for the road warriors I see in airports -- the men and women with the roll-on suitcases and the thousand-yard stare. I fly a lot, but not as much as they do. Today we lived their life and learned their credo, having to do with the tragic state of commercial aviation: you can't get there from here. After a harrowing morning, starting in Newark, N.J., and a macabre series of unfortunate events, a combination of aircraft got us to El Paso, Texas -- where we will originate the broadcast tonight. My thanks to Steven, with Continental Airlines in Houston, for his extraordinary help today. He should run his own airline.
During the course of the half-hour tonight, we will walk from the United States into Mexico, and through our correspondents on the ground, we'll cover the immigration issue as best we can.
"It's a dry heat."
If I hear that one more time, somebody's going down. It's 99 in El Paso, and it's hot as hell. I really feel for our camera, sound and satellite folks who started the ground set-up days ago. It's a complicated remote near a busy border crossing and the sun is relentless. Between us all, we are carrying what seems like the entire U.S output of sunblock for this calendar year thus far.
Also on the broadcast tonight: A special investigation into how easy it is to get fake documents to cross this border, and a look at these two border cities, El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. It's quite a contrast.
We have a very special report from Gaza tonight -- that we have it at all is extraordinary, and a testament to the bravery of our own Tom Aspell and crew. He made it in and out alive.
Sunscreens themselves are in the news, and Bob Bazell will walk us through that issue. David Gregory will have a look at the three New Yorkers in the race.
Please take time to read today's Medal of Honor recipient bio.
We are looking forward to tonight's broadcast from the U.S./Mexico border. A lot of people have worked hard to bring it to you. We hope you can join us from "out in the West Texas town of El Paso."
Photo caption: The marker at the border crossing between El Paso and Juarez. Photo by NBC's Subrata De.