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Nogales maintains community despite economic, image problems

A look at Arizona's busiest port of entry finds Nogales defies many stereotypes. A poor city, its merchants thrive on wealthy customers from south of the border. While it's a hub for drug smuggling, nearly half of America's winter fresh fruits and vegetables are imported from Mexico through the city. (with videos)... Read more»

Smugglers get medieval: Pot catapult found at border

Drug smugglers trying to get drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border are getting old-school: they're trying a catapult. National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system near Naco observed a catapult being set up south of the border last Friday evening. (with video)... Read more»4

Guest opinion

Giffords: National security must be a top priority of 112th Congress

I took the congressional oath of office for a third time this week and the most important of the 71 words in that oath was my vow to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."... Read more»

Catalina, UA grad killed in Afghanistan

Army National Guard Sgt. First Class James E. Thode was killed Thursday in Sabari District in Afghanistan's Khost Province during a roadside bombing, the Department of Defense said Saturday.... Read more»

National Guard begin border deployment

The first of 532 National Guard troops are set to deploy to the Arizona-Mexico border Monday. "It’s about time," said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.... Read more»1

Looks, sounds and smells like Afghanistan...

How the Indiana National Guard prepares contractors for the real thing.... Read more»

Texas border group urges Congress to rethink Guard deployment

Border activists are hurling a last-minute plea at Congress to rethink deployment of additional National Guard troops to the region. Two hundred fifty soldiers are scheduled to arrive on the Texas-Mexico border Sunday.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Utah 'alien' letters a mystery, Guard deploying to Az

• The source of a list of accused illegal immigrants that was sent to news outlets in Utah is still unknown. • The show must go on as the Border Governors Conference is relocated to Santa Fe. • The National Guard is deploying to Arizona next month.... Read more»

Nat'l Guard border deployments begin Aug. 1

Updated with details, reactions: 1200 National Guard troops will deploy to assist law enforcement along the U.S.-Mexican border beginning Aug. 1, the federal government announced Monday.... Read more»

Napolitano: Feds expanding Az border presence

The federal government will expand its border enforcement effort in Arizona, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in the Arizona Republic on Monday.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Immigration the 'story behind the story'

Immigration is often the story behind the story of international events. • The federal government and the state of Arizona seem headed for a showdown over border security and immigration reform. • Tension continues to rise over the shooting of a Mexican boy at the border in El Paso. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Giffords: Border security transcends election year politics

Our nation’s border security efforts are a litany of failure. Border security is not a Republican issue, a Democratic issue or a campaign issue. It is an American issue. It is an issue of national security. And it is an absolute necessity.... Read more»

Don't believe the hype: Brewer/Obama meeting 'cordial'

The media lead-up to Thursday's meeting between Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and President Obama would have you believe that some sort of ultimate showdown was about to occur. "Very cordial," was how Brewer described the meeting afterward.... Read more»1

Immigration & SB 1070

Border 'one of the safest parts of America'

Gov. Jan Brewer has said Arizona residents live in "terror" because of illegal immigration and border crime, but a new study finds the border is “one of the safest parts of America, and it’s getting safer.”... Read more»2

National Guard deployment raises concerns with border groups

The expected deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops to the border has angered border advocacy groups, which fear the militarization of their communities will damage the local economy and negatively impact their way of life.... Read more»1

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