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Honduran special forces struggling to keep children from fleeing to U.S.

Clad in flak jackets and bearing automatic rifles and side arms, elite forces are scouring the ragged countryside that straddles this border between Honduras and Guatemala. The officers are used to fighting heavily armed drug cartels and murderous “mara” street gangs. But now they have a new mission: trying to stop the flow of children who are fleeing to the U.S. by the thousands.... Read more»1

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No kids picked up in Texas remain in Nogales shelter

The number of undocumented children sheltered at the Nogales Border Patrol station has dwindled to a handful, owing to a dramatic decrease in apprehensions and a new facility in Texas. “Just a few” picked up in Arizona remain, and there are none who crossed in Texas still at the center.... Read more»

Libros gratis: Free kids' books at Bilingual Literacy Fair

The first 1,200 attendees at a literacy event will receive free books in Spanish, as well as free backpacks. The sixth annual Feria de la Lectura will be held Saturday at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.... Read more»

MALDEF challenges Texas town's ban on housing border kids

Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. League City’s ordinance cites concerns of diseases, Islamic terrorism.... Read more»1

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Kwasman sees children

Adam Kwasman, Republican primary candidate for Congress, showed up in Oracle last week. Hearing that there was a bus full of undocumented children POSSIBLY headed his way, he decided he would protest that bus.... Read more»

Homeland Security: Fewer Central American kids crossing border

Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that they have cut the time it takes to deport Central American adults and seen a sharp drop in the number of children trying to cross the border. Secretary Johnson said officials had reduced the time it takes to repatriate adults to Central America, from about 33 days to about four days now.... Read more»

County health chief: Migrant kids face greater health risk than public

The unaccompanied minors staying in Tucson continue to pose a “very low health risk to county residents,” according to an assessment released out by the Pima County Health Department. Rather, the health of the children at the end of a long and perilous journey is a concern, said health chief Dr. Francisco Garcia.... Read more»

Last chance for input on Sabino Canyon plan

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input about new recreation plans at Sabino Canyon. The meeting will be held Tuesday at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center from 6-8 p.m.... Read more»

Factcheck: Feds solicited services for wave of migrant kids

Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration?... Read more»

Missing NW Side woman found

A missing Northwest Side woman described as endangered by the Sheriff’s Department was found Friday afternoon. The 42-year-old, who hadn’t been seen since Friday morning, “has been located safe and unharmed. She will be reunited with her family,” authorities said.... Read more»

Lost in pressing crisis: Perpetual immigration issues

As attention centers on the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas-Mexico border, activists in the Rio Grande Valley are working hard to ensure that their ongoing campaigns continue to gain traction after the current crisis subsides.... Read more»

Az kid cooks up White House invitation with healthy lunch recipe

Cody Vasquez’s passion for food earned him an invitation to the White House, where the Gilbert 12-year-old will be one of 54 young chefs Friday taking part in a “Kid’s State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.... Read more»

Experts: Water-safety message needs to reach all ages, all bodies of water

Gilbert dad Cody Thomson has a problem with pool-safety campaigns: the pool part. Thomson, whose then 6-year-old son, Brenan, drowned in a canal in 2011, said safety campaigns need to remind people that drownings and water-related injuries don’t only occur in pools.... Read more»

Education by the numbers

Male-female wage gap widens with age

Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years.... Read more»

Cold calls: Peace Corps reaches out to recruits

The Peace Corps is working to streamline a cumbersome application process, and reaching out to potential volunteers who abandoned the old 60-page application. ASU routinely ranks in the top 25 of large schools whose students volunteer.... Read more»

Comic:

The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, hilarity ensued.... Read more»

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