Borderlands

Appeals court upholds conviction for border drug smugglers’ lookout

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a spotter for a group of border drug smugglers, rejecting his argument that his confession was coerced and the government had not presented enough evidence for a conviction.


Homeland Security secretary vows to enforce Trump travel ban ‘humanely’

WASHINGTON - The secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's ban on refugee admissions and vowed that his department would enforce the policy "humanely."


Tribal members at Tohono O’odham Nation’s annual rodeo worried about Border Wall

TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION - On a cloudless morning in the southern Arizona town of Sells, Native Americans from across the state braced 40-degree temperatures to wrangle livestock and stay atop violently-gyrating bulls.


Arizona lawmakers split on Trump order halting refugee admissions

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split over President Donald Trump's executive order suspending refugee admissions and stalling travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, with Democrats predictably voicing opposition - along with some Republicans.


Local reaction for immigrants affected by president’s executive order mirrors scenes across U.S.

PHOENIX - Reaction across the Valley mirrored national sentiment at protests this past weekend after President Donald Trump's executive order cracking down on immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries entering the U.S. caused a whirlwind of confusion at airports here and across the world.


Trump bars refugees to U.S. for 120 days, bars Syrians indefinitely

WASHINGTON - Jamal Saleh fled violence and police brutality in his native Syria in 2013, resettling in Phoenix with his wife and seven children, but leaving his farm, his beloved hometown, his brother and his sisters back in Syria.


Napolitano defends DACA, vows to help DREAMers at California colleges

WASHINGTON - Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Washington panel Friday that she will use her current position as president of the University of California to protect DREAMers, whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is still in place or not.


Phoenix refugees worried about immigration restrictions

PHOENIX - In just five days, President Trump has changed the face of immigration in the U.S.


Penzone: have an “open heart” to new MCSO leadership

GUADALUPE — As you enter the town of Guadalupe, a sign welcomes visitors with a quote from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Photo gallery: The view from the U.S.-Mexico border

PHOENIX – With President Donald Trump's executive order to move forward with construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, people across the country are turning their gazes south. Cronkite News journalists report from communities on both sides of the border. Here is a gallery of photos from their travels.


DACA Students Anxious as President Trump Tightens Immigration Controls

PHOENIX – As President Donald Trump signs a flurry of executive actions, DACA students anxiously wait to find out their fate. During the presidential campaign, he promised to put an end to the program that protects undocumented immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children.


Trump plan to pay for wall with import tax hits wall of opposition

WASHINGTON - The White House is considering a 20 percent tax on imports as a way to pay for President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the Mexican border, according to published reports Thursday.