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The most important border stories of 2019

For much of 2019, the borderlands endured the fallout from decisions made years earlier, as the Trump administration pursued the Migrant Protection Protocols, attempted—and failed—to prosecute a humanitarian volunteer for harboring two men in the country illegally, and continued to pursue the president's quixotic promise to build a wall along the southwestern border. ... Read more»

Interior Dep't transferring 560 acres of public land to U.S. Army for border barriers

The Interior Department announced it will transfer 560 acres of public land to the U.S. Army, including nearly 230 acres along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, for the construction of 70 miles of border wall. ... Read more»

Investigation: Border wall construction threatens 22 Arizona archaeological sites

The construction of the border wall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will threaten 22 archaeological sites, according to an internal National Park Service report. ... Read more»2

Pentagon shifts $3.6B to border barriers, delaying $30M Ft. Huachuca project

The Trump administration will siphon $3.6 billion slated for military construction and spend it on 11 border wall projects — including about $1.3 billion for projects in Southern Arizona that will add miles of new barriers along the Goldwater bombing range and the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge.... Read more»

Photos: New border wall going up in Arizona's Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument

Contractors put up the first 30-foot panels of a new border wall on a two-mile stretch of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this week, the first of three projects that will add "bollard" walls along Southern Arizona's wildlife refuges.... Read more»

Border wall work started this week in Az's Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument

Contractors began replacing border fencing along a two-mile stretch of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this week, the first of three projects that will add 30-foot high "bollard" walls along three of Southern Arizona's wildlife refuges. ... Read more»

CBP to start building border barriers in Arizona wildlife refuges next week

The Trump administration is forging ahead with new border barriers in wildlife refuges in Southern Arizona despite environmentalists' objections, telling a court that one project will begin Monday with the removal of older fencing.... Read more»1

Enviros seek to block border wall construction affecting 3 Arizona wildlife refuges

Environmental groups asked for an injunction to block new 30-foot high border barriers in three federal protected wildlife refuges in Southern Arizona, including a project across the state's "last free-flowing river," and another that would sever a binational wildlife refuge. ... Read more»

BP plans 63 miles of new border wall, up to 30 ft. high, in 3 protected Az wilderness areas

The Border Patrol is seeking to construct nearly 63 miles of new border walls, rising up to 30 feet tall, along three protected wilderness areas in Southern Arizona. ... Read more»

BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

Enviros decry damage from Border Patrol off-roading

Environmental groups contend that Border Patrol off-road vehicles used to catch illegal immigrants and drug smugglers are damaging the landscapes of two ecologically sensitive areas of southern Arizona. They are calling on the agency to update its environmental training. ... Read more»1

Pronghorn among species most threatened by water woes

A new report lists the endangered Sonoran pronghorn as one of the species most threatened by water problems across the nation. The pronghorn was one of 17 species identified Wednesday by the Endangered Species Coalition as threatened by water-quality issues or a lack of water in 10 different watersheds.... Read more»