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Camp Naco in Southern Arizona was added to the list of America's "11 most endangered historic places" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It was built in 1919 and housed Buffalo Soldiers and Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the early 20th century. Read more»

Army Corps of Engineers contractors pour concrete in August for the base of a new section of border wall near Yuma. The Department of Homeland Security waived environmental and other regulations on 90 miles of Arizona’s border last year to smooth the way for border wall construction projects.

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction, a review of government documents shows. Read more» 1

The Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz.

When Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada became a Nogales, Arizona, police patrolman in 1966, about 80% of the people in the county jail on any given day were Mexican. Read more»

Leaking transborder pipelines have been an off-and-on problem in the border town of Naco, Arizona, for more than 30 years. But the toxic sludge hadn’t reached residential areas until last fall.

The aging network of pipes that run from Mexico to wastewater treatment plants in the U.S. When heavy rains fall, the pipes often break and spill raw sewage on both sides of the border, causing not only a putrid odor but public health and environmental concerns. Read more»

Water spills into a polluted pool next to the South Naco Highway.

Leaking transborder pipelines have been a problem in this small border town for more than 30 years, but this is the first time the toxic sewage has reached residential areas. Read more»

John Ladd, whose ranch in Naco is just 10 feet from the Mexican border, said that between Border Patrol agents “and illegal immigrants, there’s no privacy” living so close to the border.

By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.” John Ladd did not mince words as he stood at the fence separating Arizona and Mexico, his face shaded by the brim of his straw cowboy hat. Read more» 1

Construction workers dismantle the old border fencing near Naco, Arizona as part of an Obama-era program to replace landing mat panels with 'bollard fencing.'

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Rancher John Ladd looks across the border into  Mexico border, a view he has seen his entire life.

The number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border has decreased, but the smuggling of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine has increased. Read more»

Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer started Studio Mariposa, the program that unites American musicians and Mexican children.

If you travel to the small border town of Naco, the first thing to catch your eye is a small, gloriously colored building that sits fewer than 500 feet from the port of entry. It’s called Studio Mariposa, an idea that began with Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer’s desire to provide a place of free expression through art and music for Mexican children here Read more»

A van, outfitted with an air cannon designed to launch drugs into the United States, was seized by Mexican officials in Agua Prieta on Tuesday.

Mexican officials have again seized a cargo van containing an air cannon designed to launch bundles of marijuana over the fence separating Douglas, Ariz., and its sister city of Agua Prieta, Mexico. Read more»

A taped bundle containing 96 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $48,000, found after Border Patrol agents in Douglas, Arizona spotted an object hurled over the border wall on Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents found a large bundle of about 100 lbs. of marijuana after it was launched over the wall that separates Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora. Read more»

A bundle of marijuana that broke open after it was launched over the border wall on Monday near Douglas, Arizona.

Following a trend of inventive means to get drugs over the wall near Douglas, police seized a bundle of more than 140 pounds of marijuana that had been launched over the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday. Read more»

The final panel of border fence is installed by Granite Construction crews in Naco, Arizona on Tuesday.

Construction crews installed the last metal border fence panel on Tuesday, completing a project to replace 7.5 miles of "outdated pedestrian fencing" near the port of entry in Naco, Arizona. Read more»

Construction workers bring down sections of a border mural at the U.S.-Mexico border.

For the past two months, residents of Naco, Mexico, have seen construction vehicles along the border. On Tuesday, workers began bringing down part of the fence that features a one-mile mural that Mexican children have painted over the past six years. Read more»

The border wall east of Nogales, Arizona.

Many Arizonans noted that there is already a wall across the Sonoran Desert — with some saying that a new structure would come at a high price with hidden consequences. "At this point, we’re tripling down on failure,” one said, while a BP supervisor called Trump's wall "unnecessary." Read more» 1

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