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Marchers in Oaxaca support autonomy for San Juan Copala, Aug. 3.

In San Juan Copala, paramilitaries from nearby towns violently rebuff would-be visitors. A blockade of large rocks prevents anyone from crossing into town. Residents speak in strained voices about conditions under the blockade. They describe kidnappings, the constant threat of violence and rape and the vacuum of life in their town. Read more»

Emilio Gutiérrez

Reporter Emilio Gutiérrez says he knew the script the Mexican general wanted him to follow. But the reporter kept writing about soldiers robbing citizens. He believes it almost cost him his life. Two years after seeking asylum in the U.S., Gutiérrez still waits for an immigration judge to rule. Read more»

Arizona voters overwhelmingly favor even the most controversial provisions within SB 1070, according to a poll released Wednesday. Read more» 1

Karina Guillen, Liang Flores and Francisco Garcia check voter registrations at the Arizona headquarters of Mi Familia Vota. Activists and pundits have different views about whether SB 1070 or the economy will make this the year that the state’s Latinos harness their voting power.

Activists say this will be the year Latinos, feeling the pressure of the recession and concerned about the effects of SB 1070, will flock to the polls and wield the influence of their numbers. Read more»

A road sign just north of the border near Tijuana.

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has declined considerably since 2000-2005, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center, dropping for the first time since 1990. Read more»

Authorities in Mexico have detained the alleged Texas-born cartel leader Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as "La Barbie." He is the former "right-hand" of Alturo Beltran Leyva, the leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel ,who was gunned down last year by Mexican authorities. Read more»

Children at Phoenix’s Crockett Elementary School, where over 60 percent of the students are U.S.-born children of illegal immigrant parents, engage in a tug-of-war during field days festivities.

Deportations happen to families in Arizona every day. But the issue becomes more complex when the deportees' families are of mixed-status—some with citizenship, some with visas and some here illegally. Read more»

Border Patrol agents observe Arizona National Guard Soldiers training for Operation Copper Cactus.

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

About a month ago, Homeland Security began reviewing and moving to dismiss deportation cases against suspected illegal immigrants without serious criminal records, according to The Houston Chronicle. Read more»

Mexican troops in Monterrey, July 18.

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»

Lawmakers in other states looking for guidance on how to draft immigration laws that can withstand federal challenges may not have to wait for resolution of the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona over SB 1070. Another Arizona case may shed some light on the subject. Read more»

Lizeth Sillas

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

A tourist from Mexico was shot and killed Sunday by a group of gunmen while vacationing in Rocky Point, reports say. Read more»

A Mexican military checkpoint in 2009.

A U.S. citizen was killed Sunday in a checkpoint confrontation with the Mexican military, officials say. Joseph Steven Proctor, 32, may have fired at the Mexican troops at a checkpoint near Acapulco in Guerrero state, reports say. Read more» 2

Pres. George W. Bush announces his nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General, 2004.

Alberto Gonzales isn't joining his Republican colleagues in calling for a review of the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship provision. Read more»

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