Borderlands

Immigrants help hometowns with Mexico’s ‘Three for One’ program

Fernando Gil wanted to maximize the impact of the money he was sending home to relatives in San Antonio de las Minas so he decided to take advantage of Mexico’s “Tres por Uno” program.


One West Valley community’s ever-shifting demographics reflect changing face of Phoenix

Where the city of Phoenix once ended at 83rd Avenue, onion fields began — stretching into the distance in a nearly straight shot to Luke Air Force Base. Almost 50 years later, the ground that once supported agriculture now reflects a community whose roots prove ever changing.

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Auto title loans offer quick holiday cash but critics warn about mounting debt

The commercials and online ads for auto title loans make them appear especially enticing during the holiday season when many families need extra cash.

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Technology links Arizona Buddhists with spiritual leader halfway across the world

As dusk fell, on small house near South Mountain lit up with joy as 20 people gathered around an iPad screen. It’s home to the Tergar Buddhist Meditation Center and the faithful were greeting their spiritual teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, for the first time in four years.


The Murphy Education and Health Center brings care and hope to South Phoenix

Not far from a sewage treatment plant, a landfill and the Maricopa County jail annex are the four schools and hundreds of families that make up the Murphy Elementary School District in South Phoenix, where more than 80 percent of its residents are Hispanic, most of them poor and many undocumented.

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Appetite for holiday tamales keeps family bakery busy

La Purisima Bakery makes hundreds of tamales a week but can barely keep up with holiday orders in December.

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Language immersion classrooms bring students education and culture

When Reva Wood was a child, her Spanish-speaking parents made the decision to only speak to her in English. They wanted to protect Wood.


Protesters march to demand an end to mass deportations

Families and immigrant advocates marched through downtown to demand an end to mass deportations. The group started at the capital and made stops at the Phoenix Police Department and ICE detention center.

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