Been a few time for work around Christmas. Honestly, not much going on. Not trying to be funny here but Mexico is not a place to venture to. I think it got a tad better but still very dangerous.
The people are very nice in El Paso. Find a nice Mexican hole in the wall restaurant and go to town. There are a bunch. Lucy's is the only name I remember but you really can't go wrong with any of them.
If you have a car...drive 40 mins to Mesilla, NM. (pronounced ma-See-ah) It is located next to Las Cruces.
I bought my wife a fabulous shirt in a shop there. Lots of neat shops and restaurants in a beautiful OLD SW setting. Probably best to see during the day though. The shops and attractions will be closed in the evening.