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Juan Manuel Calderón-Jaimes, the Mexican consul in Tucson, signs an agreement by which Pima County and consular officials will collaborate on a DNA database to help identify those who die in the desert. Looking on, from right are Dr. Bruce Parks, Pima County’s chief medical examiner, and Dr. Bruce Anderson, a forensic pathologist in the medical examiner’s office.

In 2004, DNA analysis first helped forensic anthropologist Dr. Bruce Anderson give a family answers about one young woman who disappeared while crossing illegally into Arizona. Pima County officials hope an agreement with Mexican officials to share databases of DNA information will help close even more of the 640 cases involving unidentified remains. Read more»

A black water jug doesn’t weigh much, but it adds to the tons of trash left behind by migrants crossing the desert near Tucson.

Volunteers from Humane Borders and the UA pick up thousands of pounds of trash left behind by migrants every year. Read more» 8

A Customs and Border Protection officer checks a passport at the port of entry in San Luis. The SENTRI program, designed to speed trips across the border, is intended for U.S. citizens as well as Mexican citizens with visas and green cards.

The SENTRI program is designed to cut wait times by running extensive background checks once, in advance – and then letting qualified travelers use a dedicated entry lane with a processing time of about 10 seconds. Read more»

With all of the discussion about Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law, many people have countered that Mexico should look at its own immigration laws and problems. The majority of illegal immigrants in Mexico are ex-pats from the U.S., not Central America. Read more»

Farmworkers near Hollister, Calif., in 2009.

House Minority Leader John Boehner says he thinks it’s weird that Democrats have “time to bring a comedian to Congress but they don't have time to end the uncertainty by extending the tax cuts." The reaction to Colbert’s appearance has been largely negative. Washington does not like this character who captures the city so well—at least not in person. Read more»

Sgt. Kevin Wood, a media relations specialist for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, speaks at a news conference Wednesday. Wood said DPS has a more limited role in investigating the reported shooting of a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy than suggested by Pinal County officials.

At a news conference Wednesday, Sgt. Kevin Wood, a DPS media relations specialist, contradicted a statement Monday from Pinal County authorities that the agency agreed Deputy Louis Puroll was shot by drug smugglers. Read more»

Ruben Vizzerra, owner of Mr. Lucky Barber Shop at a west Phoenix commercial plaza, says business went from to bad to worse when SB 1070 became law. Leaders say an exodus of Latinos over the controversial immigration law is hurting businesses that cater to that community.

Some Latino-business owners blame their struggles on what they call an exodus of their customer base – immigrants who are afraid of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070, and are fleeing to other states. Read more»

The controversial Secure Communities program that identifies immigrants in local jails now operates in every Texas county. Read more»

Octavio Garcia Von Borstel

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»

"What do you want from us?" It's an odd question for a newspaper to ask of the people it covers. But when those people have an arsenal rivaling an army — and no reservations about murdering journalists to keep them from doing their jobs — a paper's role leading the public conversation takes on a different and deadly dynamic. Read more»

The golf course at The Phoenician is an image of Arizona that tourism leaders say they want to project in the wake of SB 1070. Controversy over the immigration law came as resorts were suffering from a drop-off in companies holding destination meetings in Arizona.

""It's difficult to know what the long-term impacts will be," says a tourism official, but the worst of SB 1070′s effect on Arizona's tourism industry has likely passed. Read more»

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

El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City.

The yellow skulls and bones of the 14 heroes sit in glass crypts decorated in gold engravings and red ribbons, a testament to old glory. These remains of leaders who fought for Mexican independence were put on public display to celebrate two centuries of the Mexican nation — a moment to be rejoiced tonight. Read more»

Well it's happening again in Arizona. State Senator Russell Pearce and his side-kick, Rep. John Kavanaugh are getting ready to unveil their newest assault on undocumented immigrants, this time with a bill designed to eliminate birthright citizenship. Read more» 2

The Obama administration has changed the nation's immigration enforcement strategy in ways that will reduce the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants and will likely blunt the impact of any state laws designed to deport vast numbers of people. Read more»

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