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A hawk perches on the U.S.-Mexico border fence between San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and Naco, Ariz.

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said. Read more»

Petra Falcon, right, describes her pride at helping register more the 40,000 voters since 2010 after growing up with school faculty and peers who chastised her because of her race while ONE Arizona members Alejandra Gomez and Samantha Pstross look on during a New America Media round table on voting challenges in Arizona at South Mountain Community College on Wednesday.

Community advocacy groups like Arizona Advocacy Network, Mi Familia Vota and Puente decided to work together to make sure eligible minorities were registering to vote — and actually making it to the polls. They called the new coalition One Arizona. Read more» 1

The Mexican Federal Police Woodwind Symphony prepares for a performance of law enforcement officers, friends and family at Tucson's Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre on Friday.

Top level law enforcement officials and symphony musicians are touring the border states, their mission: to show communities how cross-border cooperation can keep both Mexico and the U.S. safe, profitable and secure. Read more»

The Colibri Center for Human Rights official launch event followed a screening of 'Who is Dayni Cristal?' with a question and answer panel featuring Gene Hernandez of the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, Colibri's Robin Reineke and Kat Rodriguez, and Victor Braitberg from the University of Arizona Honors College.

Hoping to put faces to border issues, the launch of the Colibri Center for Human Rights featured an award-winning documentary about one family's loss. The Tucson-based group hopes to establish the most comprehensive data set on missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Robin Reineke, co-founder and executive director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights.

Home of the most comprehensive data about missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Colibri Center for Human Rights will celebrate their opening with the local premiere of award-winning film "Who is Dayani Cristal?" on Saturday. Read more»

Records for unidentified bodies, labeled by case number until an identification is made, at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.

Arizona's climate has contributed to high death tolls among border crossers - and the development of a nationally recognized fingerprinting process for identifying those who are found without names. Work at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner led to breakthroughs in identifying those who die in the desert. Read more»

Protesters performed skits in Spanish where actors playing families were threatened by other actors wearing signs printed with 'ICE.'

Protesters representing separated families and national immigration groups gathered in front of the ICE office in Phoenix on Monday afternoon. While some declared the event a success, others wondered if their message was heard since the building was already closed for Columbus Day. Read more»

The eight original activists from Monday's protest on the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales (names in no particular order): Lizbeth Mateo, Lulú Martínez, Marco Saavedra, Claudia Amaro, Adriana Gil Diaz, Luis Leon, Maria Peniche, and Ceferino Santiago. A ninth protester, Mario Alejandro Felix-Garcia, joined the original eight they approached the border Monday morning.

Organizers behind the Bring Them Home campaign which led to the apprehension of nine protesters in Nogales said that hunger strikes over phone access have led to solitary confinement for the detainees. Read more» 1

Kala and Agent Lupe Medrano (left) with Kirpy and Agent Rolando Carbajal.

Meet Border Patrol's Yuma Sector Canine Unit through their two newest agents, Kirpy and Kala, who started training in March. The Belgian Malinois puppies will soon work with border agents to keep smugglers at bay. (with video) Read more»

A Casa Grande Station agent near Federal Route 15 spotted a suspicious sedan traveling north and stopped it for questioning. During the vehicle stop, the sedan burst into flames and four suspects attempted to flee the scene. Two were immediately apprehended and a third returned and told agents that there were people locked in the trunk. Agents opened the trunk and discovered one adult and two juveniles, who were suffering from and treated for smoke inhalation. Agents also later apprehended the fourth suspect. All seven people were identified as 'Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S.' and the driver faces possible prosecution. Tohono O’odham Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, which had also spread into nearby brush.

Officials are working to determine the identities of those killed and injured when a SUV pursued by Border Patrol rolled over near Vail late Saturday night. Five passengers died at the scene of the accident and 15, including the driver, were being treated for minor to life-threatening injuries. Read more»

CBP Office of Field Operations officers at the Douglas Port of Entry apprehended a 17-year-old Agua Prieta teenager after a drug dog alerted to his Chrysler van and officers discovered 269 pounds of marijuana (estimated value $134,000).

The Gang of Eight debuted their immigration reform bill; New York dairy farmers, religious leaders and tech industry leaders including Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on the debate; Mexico faces law enforcement challenges and business opportunities. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Douglas Port of Entry apprehended a 22-year-old woman after a drug dog alerted to her Chrysler sedan and officers discovered 196 packages of marijuana (more than 200 pounds, estimated value $105,000) in the rear bumper area and spare tire.

Border Patrol agents look for ways to stay on the job despite budget cuts that threaten security, nine states show how shifting demographics may shift immigration policy and cartel crime affects reporting coming out of Mexico. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Nogales' Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry apprehended a 43-year-old Nogales, Sonora woman when additional inspections showed she was hiding $11,361 in unreported U.S. currency in her purse. The woman told officers she was being paid to carry the funds, which came from drug sales, back to Mexico.

Border news roundup: Arizona politicians and religious leaders discuss comprehensive immigration reform by the "Gang of Eight," journalists reconsider how to address illegal immigration in their stylebooks, and safety concerns on both sides of the border. Read more»

Taylor spoke to reporters in Tucson on Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by his legal team.

An emotional Louis Taylor maintained his innocence while explaining his decision to plead no contest in the 1970 Hotel Pioneer fire the day after a hearing before Arizona Judge Richard Fields set him free after 42 years behind bars. (with video) Read more» 2

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port of Entry apprehended 34-year-old Ricardo A. Martinez, from Phoenix, after a drug sniffing dog alerted to his Lexas sedan and officers discovered a hidden compartment under his engine wiht 10 packages of meth (nearly 14 pounds, estimated value $215,000).

McCain and other 'Gang of Eight' members toured the border, Rothschild took Arizona mayors to Sonora, Brewer defended policy banning driver's licenses for young immigrants and Napolitano said officials will review solitary confinement policy for immigration detainees Read more»

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