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Another day, another mass grave uncovered in Mexico

Investigators this week have been pulling bodies from two clandestine mass graves in western Mexico, underscoring ongoing gangland wars whose details have themselves been buried under pressure from criminals and officials alike.... Read more»

U.S., Az universities set international student enrollment records

Arizona universities ranked among the top schools for the number of international students they had enrolled in the 2012-2013 academic year, a new report said.... Read more»

Latin America's oil rush means more climate change

Latin America’s new oil rush may delight the region’s treasury ministers, but the extra greenhouse gases it will unleash will only deepen the world’s climate crisis.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Az basketball lands 5-star recruit Stanley Johnson

Interviews with civic leader Pat Darcy, Tucson Hispanic Chamber CEO Lea Marquez Peterson, Tucsoncitizen.com sportswriter Anthony Gimino, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, and state Sen. Linda Lopez.... Read more»

A little-known policy helps military spouses stay in U.S. legally

Maria Quiring’s son was just months old the day the deportation notice arrived at her El Mirage home. Despite her marriage of five years to a U.S. Air Force serviceman, Quiring was ordered back to her native Mexico. Had a Department of Homeland Security policy called Parole in Place not found her a loophole, Maria Quiring would not be where she is today, watching her now 5-year-old son J.J. assemble a Hungry Hungry Hippos game on the floor.... Read more»

Advocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Immigration overhaul advocates said they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader’s comment last week that there is not enough time left on this year’s legislative calendar to act on the issue.... Read more»

A fortune made of sand: How climate change is destroying Cancun

Cancun’s perfect tropical beach is its principal selling point. Made from the remains of long-dead corals, it famously stays cool even on the most scorching days. Yet the only reason the resort still has a beach is thanks to a $70 million project in 2010 to replenish it by dredging up more than 1 billion gallons of sand from the seabed.... Read more»

Facing deportation, activist has no regrets

Even before a judge confirmed Wednesday what Edgar Torres Hernandez knew was coming — that he would soon be deported to Mexico — Torres remained confident that his controversial actions were the right thing to do. In September, Torres joined the so-called DREAM 34, a group of deported undocumented immigrants who had once lived in the U.S and marched to the Laredo port of entry to say U.S. immigration policies are unfair and to seek political asylum.... Read more»

Mexican universities eye U.S. expansion

In an ethnically themed shopping center called Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, just south of Los Angeles, a public university from the Mexican state of Colima has planted its flag.... Read more»

Juarez: The sequel

Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned. Sports clubs keep kids out of gangs. GlobalPost went to find out if this amazing recovery is built to last. ... Read more»

Mexicans return to get Juarez cooking again

Like many thousands of his well-heeled neighbors, gourmet chef Oscar Herrera fled across the Rio Grande to Texas as gangland savagery engulfed this border city five years ago. Now like many others Herrera has returned to Ciudad Juarez, determined to sink deeper roots in a community and country he’d never fully appreciated.... Read more»

Panel: Harsher penalties for straw buyers could curb gun traffic to Mexico

Stricter U.S. gun measures are needed to stem the flow of guns to Mexico, where the weapons are fueling violence and leaving people “under siege” with little hope of help from their government, activists said last week.... Read more»

Border mayors: Economics ignored in immigration debate

While immigration reform remains stalled in the House of Representatives, border mayors and experts noted Monday that the economic importance of reform shouldn't be shadowed by security arguments. "We’re in desperate need of new ports of entry," said the mayor of Douglas during a discussion on the issue in Tucson.... Read more»

Immigration-reform advocates take appeal to an international stage

After months of pushing national leaders for action on immigration reform, advocates Monday took their appeal to an international stage, telling the Organization of American States that U.S. immigration policy violates human rights.... Read more»

Groups increase push for immigration reform, but prospects uncertain

The goal of a protest organized by the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition: halting buses carrying deportees away from the facility. Because of a federal government holiday on this day, there were none, but Jose Patino, whose parents brought him from Mexico to the U.S. illegally 18 years ago, said the message still needs to be heard.... Read more»

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