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BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

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Goddard: Changes to Mexico’s justice system bode well for reducing corruption

Dramatic changes to Mexico's criminal justice system will make its prosecutions more like those in the United States, opening proceedings and paving the way for more transborder collaboration, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said Monday.... Read more»

Border Patrol & Mexican police patrolling together

In a politically sensitive operation at the Arizona-Mexico border, U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican federal police officers are training together, sharing intelligence and coordinating patrols for the first time.... Read more»

Border crime

Rocky Point tries to improve image in wake of border violence

PUERTO PEÑASCO, Mexico - Reports of border violence and a State Department travel alert didn't deter Jamison Haponenko from a Mexican vacation with his family. “We’ve brought our daughters down here a couple of times already, and there have never been any problems.”... Read more»

Guest opinion

Goddard: Historic agreement will increase border security

Our $94 million settlement with Western Union ranks as one of the most important legal agreements in Arizona's history. It will provide much needed resources for investigating and prosecuting crimes along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Border

Unlikely alliance pushes legalizing pot

Drugs and violent crime have created an unlikely commonality between a pro-marijuana group and law enforcement officials, both of whom think that legalizing pot would eliminate the driving force behind much of the illicit drug trade along the border.... Read more»1

Border crime

Western Union settles dispute with state on money laundering

Western Union will pay $94 million to fight crime along the border as part of a settlement agreement with the state of Arizona.... Read more»

Immigration

Border Patrol takes wheels off deportation buses

The Border Patrol has stopped a controversial program that shipped busloads of illegal immigrants back to Mexico from Tucson through the tiny, remote Texas border town of Presidio — for now.... Read more»

Braking with tradition

I-19 metric-to-miles switch doesn't measure up for some

A backlash has put the brakes on a plan to replace old metric signs with signage in miles. "The kilometers make it a little unique to this part of the country," says Don Herk. "It's something that's become part of my life."... Read more»

Border security

Obama's budget would scale back border security projects

President Obama's plans to scale back some border security plans enacted after 9/11 are drawing fire.... Read more»1

Mexico considers clamping down on 'los Twitteros'

Mexico has racked up its fair share of menacingly named outlaws in a three-year drug war: the Zetas, Aztecas and Panthers. Now, if the government gets its way, another name will also make the wanted list: los Twitteros.... Read more»

Border violence

15 killed at teen party in Juarez

Armed men attacked students at a Saturday party in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, killing 15 and wounding at least 28.... Read more»

Transportation Security Administration

Air marshals dogged by discrimination complaints

Some in the Federal Air Marshal Service say discrimination and retaliation distracts them from their mission of stopping terrorists and protecting passengers. ... Read more»

Arizona politics

Arpaio's job approval falling

More than 1 in 3 people in the Phoenix metro area think Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing a "poor job."... Read more»

Border & immigration

Tohono O’odham feel squeezed by gangs, Border Patrol

The Tohono O’odham Nation is under siege by smugglers and gangs, according to a story in the New York Times. With tougher border security, more smuggling traffic is being forced through the reservation, and residents are paying the price.... Read more»

Immigration

Tucson sector sees jump in number of Chinese border crossers

Stephen Ceasar, a reporter with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, is changing the image of the typical illegal immigrant crossing into the US.... Read more»

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