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Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico, to a supermarket in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border that the process gets delayed the most because crossings are understaffed and their need for investment is often overlooked.... Read more»0

As NAFTA staggers, Arizona pushes to maintain trade relationship with Mexico

As the future of NAFTA remains uncertain on a national level and negotiations don’t seem to be moving forward, Gov. Ducey’s administration is still pushing to continue the relationship with Mexico, Arizona’s main international trade partner.... Read more»1

Deportation fears worsen painful experience of domestic violence

Undocumented women face a double whammy when it comes to reporting domestic violence: the added fear of being deported, according to Dorian Townsend, executive director of Community Alliance Against Family Abuse in Arizona.... Read more»0

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta says she wants to build a wall in Congress

Dolores Huerta is a woman of many facets. Political activist, union leader, mother and a civil and women’s rights icon. She is also one of the most underrated public figures in recent history.... Read more»0

As border wall prototype construction starts, one Arizona geographer speaks up

President Trump's border wall “would basically be just this massive project for no real apparent reasons other than political expediency and this whole political performance,” said ASU geographer Scott Warren, who lives in Ajo.... Read more»0

Is the personal information of DREAMers at risk of being used by ICE?

DACA applicants were required to provide their current and previous addresses and underwent biographic and biometric background checks. Now many are worried that information will be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.... Read more»0