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SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»0

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Latino activists aim to register 75k new voters in Arizona

Community advocacy groups like Arizona Advocacy Network, Mi Familia Vota and Puente decided to work together to make sure eligible minorities were registering to vote — and actually making it to the polls. They called the new coalition One Arizona. ... Read more»1

Mexican musicians play to mend frayed cross-border ties

Top level law enforcement officials and symphony musicians are touring the border states, their mission: to show communities how cross-border cooperation can keep both Mexico and the U.S. safe, profitable and secure.... Read more»0

'Killing us at border' — Trump doubles down in Phx stump speech

"I respect Mexico as a country but the problem we have is their leaders are much smarter more cunning than our leaders," Donald Trump told a fervent crowd of about 4,000 at the Phoenix Convention Center. "And they're killing us at the border." Trump later claimed that some 15,000 attended — 3-4 times the capacity of the room.... Read more»6

Colibri Center launch puts human faces to border issues

Hoping to put faces to border issues, the launch of the Colibri Center for Human Rights featured an award-winning documentary about one family's loss. The Tucson-based group hopes to establish the most comprehensive data set on missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»0

Colibri Center for Human Rights debuts with Saturday screening

Home of the most comprehensive data about missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Colibri Center for Human Rights will celebrate their opening with the local premiere of award-winning film "Who is Dayani Cristal?" on Saturday.... Read more»0

Medical examiner's unique technique helps ID desert dead

Arizona's climate has contributed to high death tolls among border crossers - and the development of a nationally recognized fingerprinting process for identifying those who are found without names. Work at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner led to breakthroughs in identifying those who die in the desert.... Read more»0

Border activists declare victory after protest at closed Phx ICE HQ

Protesters representing separated families and national immigration groups gathered in front of the ICE office in Phoenix on Monday afternoon. While some declared the event a success, others wondered if their message was heard since the building was already closed for Columbus Day.... Read more»0

Dream Nine detainees escalate protest with hunger strikes

Organizers behind the Bring Them Home campaign which led to the apprehension of nine protesters in Nogales said that hunger strikes over phone access have led to solitary confinement for the detainees.... Read more»1

Puppies join Border Patrol effort to sniff out smugglers

Meet Border Patrol's Yuma Sector Canine Unit through their two newest agents, Kirpy and Kala, who started training in March. The Belgian Malinois puppies will soon work with border agents to keep smugglers at bay. (with video)... Read more»0

Crash kills 5, injures 15 after Border Patrol chases SUV

Officials are working to determine the identities of those killed and injured when a SUV pursued by Border Patrol rolled over near Vail late Saturday night. Five passengers died at the scene of the accident and 15, including the driver, were being treated for minor to life-threatening injuries.... Read more»0

Border news roundup

Immigration bill released amid security, economic concerns

The Gang of Eight debuted their immigration reform bill; New York dairy farmers, religious leaders and tech industry leaders including Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on the debate; Mexico faces law enforcement challenges and business opportunities.... Read more»0

Border roundup

U.S. seeks answers on border security; reporting in Mexico

Border Patrol agents look for ways to stay on the job despite budget cuts that threaten security, nine states show how shifting demographics may shift immigration policy and cartel crime affects reporting coming out of Mexico.... Read more»0

Border roundup

Study sheds light on gun running; AP drops 'illegal immigrant'

Border news roundup: Arizona politicians and religious leaders discuss comprehensive immigration reform by the "Gang of Eight," journalists reconsider how to address illegal immigration in their stylebooks, and safety concerns on both sides of the border.... Read more»0

Louis Taylor: 'Persevered through grace of God'

An emotional Louis Taylor maintained his innocence while explaining his decision to plead no contest in the 1970 Hotel Pioneer fire the day after a hearing before Arizona Judge Richard Fields set him free after 42 years behind bars. (with video)... Read more»2

Border roundup: Politicians tour Nogales, mayors travel south

McCain and other 'Gang of Eight' members toured the border, Rothschild took Arizona mayors to Sonora, Brewer defended policy banning driver's licenses for young immigrants and Napolitano said officials will review solitary confinement policy for immigration detainees... Read more»0

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