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CBP to start building border barriers in Arizona wildlife refuges next week

The Trump administration is forging ahead with new border barriers in wildlife refuges in Southern Arizona despite environmentalists' objections, telling a court that one project will begin Monday with the removal of older fencing.... Read more»1

McSally staffers to hold 'mobile office hours' in Sahaurita

Staffers for U.S. Sen. Martha McSally will be on hand Thursday to assist constituents in Sahuarita with questions about government agencies.... Read more»

Broken Borders

Asylum-seeking migrants pushed farther south into Mexico, left to fend for themselves

Migrants have been bused to Monterrey and, they say, Chiapas under an ever-changing and often brutal “remain in Mexico” program. The policy is being carried out up and down the border by the Trump Administration in a controversial partnership with the Mexican government.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump's Endangered Species Act rollback is not the end of the world ... just habitats

When it comes to the Endangered Species Act, don't cry for the species. Fear for their homelands. The battle of environmental regulations is being fought to save the habitat.... Read more»1

Vulnerable Az communities adapting to ever-present threat of wildfires

Learning to live fire-wise is a cause for celebration in areas that are vulnerable to wildfires. Especially in the White Mountains town of Pinetop, which is becoming one of the country’s next fire-adapted communities.... Read more»

Analysis

Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future

On May 20, federal officials and leaders from seven states signed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, a sweeping new water management agreement for this arid region.... Read more»

Most Americans want better conditions for asylum seekers

In a Pew Research Center survey, researchers found that 65% of overall respondents said the federal government is doing a somewhat bad or very bad job of handling asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

White House rolls out plan to weaken Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration on Monday finalized changes to eviscerate enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, which is credited with helping to save animals like the American bald eagle and California condor.... Read more»

Rule change would deny green cards for food-stamp use

The Trump administration issued a rule Monday that allows the government to deny green cards or visas to people who rely on public benefit programs, or if they might need such programs, including food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies, in the future. ... Read more»

BP agent charged with running down Guatemalan man pleads guilty to civil rights violation

A Nogales-area Border Patrol agent, accused of assaulting a Guatemalan man and then lying about it, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor civil rights violation, his lawyer said Monday. BP Agent Matthew Bowen will leave the agency under the settlement.... Read more»1

Kirkpatrick to hold 'Congress On Your Corner' at Midtown library Wednesday

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will speak with constituents one-on-one at the Himmel Park public library on Wednesday afternoon.... Read more»1

Judge hears challenge to Tucson 'sanctuary city' initiative

There was a court hearing Monday afternoon on the Republican move to block Tucson's "sanctuary city" initiative from going on the November ballot. The judge indicated he'll make a ruling this week, but likely not until Friday. In the meantime, here's a listing of the various motions filed in the case:... Read more»

Analysis

The U.S. white majority will soon disappear forever

White nationalists want America to be white again. But this will never happen. America is on its way to becoming predominantly nonwhite.... Read more»

Analysis

A racist manifesto & a shooter terrorize Hispanics in El Paso & beyond

On Saturday, El Paso was the victim of white supremacy, but it was not the only target. By terrorizing this city, the gunman terrorized Hispanics across the state and the country. ... Read more»

Border residents dispute White House rhetoric on violence, crime

When Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada became a Nogales, Arizona, police patrolman in 1966, about 80% of the people in the county jail on any given day were Mexican.... Read more»

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