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Texas church offers haven to lesbian facing deportation

A Texas church has offered sanctuary to an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who said returning to her homeland means violence, abuse or even death. As a lesbian, Sulma Franco said she is fighting for herself and others at risk because of their sexual orientation. ... Read more»

Border crossings down, Texas buildup forges ahead

The surge of unaccompanied children and families illegally crossing the border that flooded into Texas last year has dropped off dramatically, but Texas lawmakers say the numbers are still high enough to justify the hundreds of millions of dollars they are planning to spend on beefing up the state's border presence.... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»

Mexico loosening rules for armed U.S. agents

Lawmakers are celebrating news that Mexico will soon allow U.S. agents to carry guns while inspecting cargo on Mexican soil, which should help speed trade between the two countries. New gun rules may also mean better protection for foreign dignitaries who will be able to travel with their official security details.... Read more»

CBP intercepts more ammo at San Luis border crossing

Within a week, Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port of Entry near Yuma arrested two Mexican women for attempting to smuggle thousands of rounds of ammunition into Mexico, authorities said.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cross-border partnerships good news for Southwest

The Southwest is perfectly positioned to benefit from Mexico's economic growth. Mexico is already Arizona's largest trading partner, with total trade of $15.9 billion in 2014 alone. These numbers are bound to increase as its economy grows, along with Mexicans' purchasing power and the rising number of manufacturing facilities in border states.... Read more»

Despite early momentum, Texas immigration bills fall flat

As the sun begins to set on the 84th Texas Legislature, promises to enact tough immigration legislation remain unfulfilled. State Sen. Donna Campbell says she’s not giving up just because the last gavel is about to drop.... Read more»

Grijalva: Cuba visit showed trade opportunities for Arizona

"Visiting Cuba in person was an opportunity to see first-hand the many ways our nations can mutually benefit from open relations," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday, after a trip to the island nation last week. "President Obama has taken significant actions to normalize relations with Cuba. Now Congress must act to fully end the decades-old trade and travel embargo."... Read more»

Mexican taxis promise to 'hunt down' Uber drivers

A leader of Mexico State’s taxi drivers actually said as much: “We are not going to leave [Uber cars] alone. We are tracking these colleagues and hunting them down,” Esteban Meza, who represents about 13,000 cabbies, told the country's top-selling newspaper, El Universal.... Read more»1

Activists continue protests against BP checkpoint

Vowing to stage a "sit-in" to highlight their frustration with a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, more than 100 protesters surged toward the site Wednesday, and were turned away by a waiting phalanx of nearly two dozen Border Patrol agents. After a few tense moments, including a shoving match with agents, the protest ended peacefully and no one was arrested.... Read more»4

Fate of lawsuit over cross-border shooting death undecided

While the circumstances surrounding the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Nogales teen are "horrible and tragic," an attorney for Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz said in federal court Tuesday that a judge must dismiss a lawsuit by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. ... Read more»

Uber just found another way to anger Mexico City's taxi drivers

Another battle in the war between Uber and the city's taxi drivers.... Read more»

Far from home

A brief history of Central American immigration to the U.S.

Telling stories from among the tens of thousands of undocumented and unaccompanied minors who arrived in the U.S. last year.... Read more»4

Grijalva taking Cuba trip to discuss trade

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is joining another congressman and two U.S. senators in traveling to Cuba this weekend. The delegation will meet with Cuban officials to discuss business opportunities in agriculture, telecommunications and eco-tourism.... Read more»

$683k in hard drugs seized at Az border crossings

CBP officers seized $683,000 in heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine at Arizona border crossings from multiple smuggling attempts in the past week, according to the agency. ... Read more»

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