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Arizona’s English immersion program could be unlawful

At a time when one-in-eight students in Arizona qualify for English language services, the state has made controversial and—according to the federal government—possibly unlawful changes to its language education program.... Read more»

Nogales teen dies in confrontation with Border Patrol, reports say

The U.S. Border Patrol was involved in a shooting incident overnight in Nogales, the agency says. A 17-year-old male died during the incident, a report by the Nogales International quotes an unidentified Mexican police source.... Read more»

Rural Arizona strains to deal with mounting foreclosures

As the Phoenix area's crush of foreclosures has drawn national attention, routinely ranking that area among the most severely hit markets in the U.S., rural communities in Arizona have been quietly grappling with their own crisis.... Read more»

Border 'warrior' works to improve health, environment on both sides

Ask Teresa Leal what she thinks of herself, and she'll say she's hyperactive and disciplined. The Sonora native who lives on the Mexican side of Nogales will also say she's a warrior. And the 60-year-old curator and educator at the Pimeria Alta Historical Society adds that she has no plans to slow down.... Read more»

Nogales back to normal even though mayor faces charges

Even though their mayor has been charged with money laundering and bribery, people on the street in front of City Hall in Nogales, Ariz., simply shrug their shoulders and sigh. "Everybody steals from the city."... Read more»1

Nogales mayor indicted for bribery, theft, money laundering

Mayor Octavio Garcia Von Borstel, 29, of Nogales, Ariz., has been indicted and arrested on multiple charges including bribery, theft, fraud and money laundering, Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Tuesday.... Read more»

Sonoran dogs heating up culinary world

The Sonoran hot dog is making a national name for itself lately, thanks to numerous articles and TV spots "discovering" what has been common along the border and in Southern Arizona for years. The full shebang touts bacon, beans, tomatoes, mayonnaise, cheese, avocado, vinegar-soaked jalapeños and two types of onions, fresh and grilled.... Read more»

Comic: Transportation

I-19 to be renamed I-11.4?

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say they will replace old signposts on Interstate 19 with new ones measured in imperial distances.... Read more»

State Dep't extends Mexico travel warning

Children of U.S. government employees must leave Monterrey, Mexico, the State Department said Friday as it extended its warning of travel dangers in that country.... Read more»

Sheriff: Tucson woman may have been kidnapped in Nogales

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Tucson woman who may have been kidnapped in Nogales, Son.... Read more»

Border Roundup: SB 1070 ruling; drug violence pushing some north

Controversial SB 1070 provisions blocked by judge • Drug violence is pushing some Sonorans to move across the border • Climate change may increase immigration... Read more»

Border & immigration

State Dep't renews Mexico travel warning

The U.S. State Department has renewed its warning for Americans to avoid unnecessary travel to northern Mexico. The state of Sonora is not in the list of areas to avoid travel but Nogales, Son., is mentioned as a city where firefights have broken out.... Read more»2

Border Roundup: SB 1070 suit not on racial profiling

Racial profiling is not a major part of the federal lawsuit challenging SB 1070. Supporters of SB 1070 donated $500,000 to defend the law. Gov. Brewer canceled the Border Governors Conference. Hurricane Alex is causing floods along the Rio Grande. ... Read more»3

Border Roundup: Feds challenge SB 1070, shootout in Sonora

In national immigration news, the federal government filed a lawsuit against SB 1070, causing mixed reactions in Arizona. South of the border, the gunfight that left 21 people dead in northern Sonora was the result of a feud between drug gangs. ... Read more»3

Smart v. Stupid

Jan Brewer’s 'Southern Strategy'

Smart v. Stupid: A media narrative has emerged about immigration, something to the tune of “everybody agrees that 'Washington hasn’t done its job.'” Republicans like the narrative. Immigration-reform advocates like it. Gov. Jan Brewer likes it. The trouble is, it's just not true.... Read more»

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