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What we know about the migrant caravan waiting at the Texas-Mexico border

For the sixth straight day since arriving at the Texas-Mexico border, roughly 1,600 Central American migrants intent on seeking asylum in the U.S. are playing a frustrating waiting game in Mexico.... Read more»

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Ajo BP agents detain 325 people as part of long-term trend in remote Arizona wilderness

Ajo-area Border Patrol agents encountered 325 Central Americans — including 150 children — who entered the U.S. and surrendered to agents west of Lukeville, Ariz., on Thursday morning. ... Read more»

242 people, including families & children, cross into U.S. near Lukeville

In the last week, more than 400 people from Central America have turned themselves over to Border Patrol agents in Arizona after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, part of a dramatic shift that began last fall and has continued throughout the fight over new border barriers in Washington. ... Read more»

376 people, including families & children, detained crossing border near Yuma

While the federal government remains shutdown over border security spending, a group of 376 people, almost all families or unaccompanied children from Central America, crossed the border barrier near Yuma on Monday morning. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Twelker: UA eye doc looks at 'caravan' through lens of experience in Honduras

When I heard about the caravan, I saw the photographs and watched the interviews. I thought: I know these people. They were my patients. Honduras is very poor and its main economy is to export food, coffee, and clothing to the United States. So, if you eat bananas, drink coffee or wear clothing, you most likely have a connection with the migrants — whether you know it or not. ... Read more»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

Honduran migrants in 'caravan' continue on despite Trump’s threats

The Honduran migrants headed northward as part of a large group are fleeing for different reasons — rank poverty, gang threats and a globalized economy that left them behind. They’re so desperate, they said, they’re willing to gamble on a dangerous trip.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Alpha males must stop quaking at first sign of Latino 'caravans'

America has survived two world wars, a Civil War, and depressions but what waiters would call "three four-tops and an eight-top" poses a security risk to a city of a million? Get over it. If prostitution is the oldest profession, pimping fear is the oldest form of politics.... Read more»2

Trump threat to use military to close the border met with skepticism

Before heading to Arizona for a political rally, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S.... Read more»

Migrants seeking safe harbor in the U.S. must first survive shootouts and shakedowns in Mexico

It’s a cruel irony that Central American asylum-seekers flee the frying pan of violence and extortion in their home countries only to land in the fire that is Mexico, where robbery, shakedowns leave them desperate and broke by the time they reach the U.S. border. ... Read more»

'Gold mine' for predators in shelters for migrant kids - including Tucson's SW Key

We obtained police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children. Here’s what they show — widespread reports of inappropriate and illegal behavior, including a Tucson worker convicted of molestation.... Read more»

Listen to children just separated from their parents at the border

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents last week by immigration authorities, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.... Read more»

Guest opinion

What Martha McSally won't tell us about her border bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally showed last week how little she understands our southern border — and how well she understands her political campaign. She evidently hopes her hardline tack on immigration will make her look tough as she prepares for an uphill Senate primary.... Read more»

Analysis

MS-13 is a street gang, not a drug cartel – and the difference matters

The Trump administration is not the first to mischaracterize MS-13, which conducts vicious but rudimentary criminal activities like extortion, armed robbery and murder. But the group is hardly a lucrative network of criminal masterminds.... Read more»

Immigrants wary as DHS ends Nicaraguan protection, extends Hondurans

Arizona immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who were looking to the Department of Homeland Security for clues to their future in the U.S. may have been left with more questions than answers after an announcement this week.... Read more»

As border wall prototype construction starts, one Arizona geographer speaks up

President Trump's border wall “would basically be just this massive project for no real apparent reasons other than political expediency and this whole political performance,” said ASU geographer Scott Warren, who lives in Ajo.... Read more»

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