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Army National Guard soldiers, members of an entry identification team, watch the U.S.-Mexico border near Nogales, January 2007.

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»

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»

The Guardian newspaper of London reported this weekend on the uncertainty surrounding SB 1070, especially in Latino-populated areas, which are experiencing an exodus of residents and businesses. Read more»

A portable surveillance tower near Douglas, 2007.

The first court hearing on SB 1070 was held Thursday. The arguments presented will be supplemented by those to be heard on July 22. As the lawsuits begin, the effects of the new law are felt on the ground in Arizona. Read more» 2

Arizona law enforcement agencies will receive $13.8 million in grants for border security work, the federal government said Thursday. Operation Stonegarden funds can be used to pay overtime, buy vehicles and equipment. Read more»

Elevated view of Presidio, Tex.

Presidio and Ojinaga, sister outposts on the either side of the Rio Grande, have long shared the misery of their isolation in the desert. Together, they’ve watched jealously over the years as other border cities have prospered. But today, the factors that have held them back keep them safe. Read more»

Illegal immigrants are dying at a record rate in Arizona's desert during July. 38 bodies of border crossers have been handled by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office since July 1. Read more»

For decades, residents of impoverished Mexican border towns have toiled in the fields or in the giant factories of Juárez. Those seeking more than paupers’ wages worked for the cartels. Yet their communities remained peaceful until the horror of the drug war bled into the farmland. Read more»

There are two sides to every issue. Or are there three? Read more»

Depending on whom you ask, anywhere between 100,000 to half a million Juárenses have left Mexico since drug violence exploded in 2008. In a tragic irony, neighboring El Paso is flourishing economically as Juárez descends further into terror. (with video) Read more»

A surveillance tower on the U.S. side of the border, seen from Nogales, Son., in 2009.

• The number of lawsuits challenging SB 1070 continues to grow as racial profiling issue takes center stage. • Federal agents are scouring corporate records to find illegal workers. • 1070 has some unintended political consequences. Read more» 1

Analysis: Public-policy debates can generate their own, almost irresistible momentum. In the heat of rhetorical battle, we can be so busy scrambling after new data and devising cleverer arguments that we leave older yet unresolved matters behind. Case in point: What McCain recently termed "the danged fence." Read more»

The border at Laredo, Tex.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Texas' border with Mexico on Thursday when she meets with customs and local law enforcement officials in Laredo. Read more»

Police in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

On the rare days when there are no murders in this brutal border town, editors see it as worthy of the front page. Why can't Mexican police and soldiers stop the killing in Juarez? Read more»

A boy's body lies in Ciudad Juarez.

How cartels have turned the city's youth into hit men and cannon fodder in the drug war. Read more»

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