Borderlands

A Syrian family shares its story about coming into the U.S.

Bombs would explode in the street, spraying shattered glass at anyone nearby. They lost their home in a fire. And they were being subjected to constant searches and oppression by armed soldiers.


Border ranchers in Cochise County feel abandoned by Washington

DOUGLAS – Border security is a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, but Arizona ranchers who live near the border say they’ve been left out of the debate and forgotten by Washington lawmakers, who they say have done nothing about immigration reform.


Arizona Muslims worry about backlash following Paris attacks

Imam Ahmad Shqeirat at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe and others who attend services there worry about a growing backlash after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Qur’ân sits on a bookshelf at a Mosque in Tempe. (Photo by Alicia Clark/Cronkite News)

Arizona lawmakers split as House puts brakes on Syrian, Iraqi refugees

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that calls for the U.S. to stop admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq until they pass additional background checks, including direct approval by three federal security agencies.


Protesters denounce Gov. Ducey’s effort to stop the resettlement of refugees in Arizona

Protesters at the Capitol building called on Gov. Doug Ducey to reverse his effort to stop accepting refugees in Arizona.


Popularity of El Salvador’s pupusas celebrated at Arizona food festival

Every November, Arizona joins in celebrating a beloved Salvadoran dish at the annual Arizona Pupusas Festival in Phoenix.

Cooks from the Salvadoreño Restaurant prepare pupusas at the the 8th annual Arizona Pupusa Festival. (Photo by Carla León/Cronkite News)

Phoenix protesters join nationwide demand for $15 hourly minimum wage

Protesters gathered outside a McDonald’s in downtown Phoenix at dawn Tuesday to “fight for fifteen,” a national movement calling for an increase of the hourly minimum wage from $8.05 to $15.


Recycled orchestra turns trash into musical treasure

More than 500 people attended a concert by young Paraguayan musicians playing instruments made of recycled trash after a screening of the documentary “Landfill Harmonic” at the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

Tania Vera, violin player, Fabio Chavez, Orchestra director and Evelyn Riveros, saxophone player with the Recylced Orchestra peformed on opening night at the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

What’s in a name? Plenty, to those who want ‘alien’ out of federal law

WASHINGTON - Gilbert resident Belen Sisa, who arrived in the United States from Argentina 15 years ago, says it's time to stop using "inhumane" language to describe large swaths of people - people who call America home.


Vigil honors lives lost on the border

Tucson – More than 100 people made a five-hour pilgrimage to the historic San Xavier Mission in honor of those who lost their lives on the border.

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Arizona exporters tout benefits of Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership

The 12 countries that negotiated the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership released long-awaited details of the deal they struck behind closed doors and Arizona companies expect to benefit.

Containers are stacked in a port in Valparaíso, Chile. In 2012, the U.S. exported $22 billion worth of goods to the South American country. (Photo by Alicia Clark/Cronkite News)

Push to extend border zone statewide looks to attract shoppers from Mexico

Walking through Arizona Mills in Tempe announcements of sales can be heard echoing out of the outlet stores first in English, then in Spanish.

shopping center