Borderlands

Arizona immigrants urge legislators for justice: ‘We want more just laws’

PHOENIX- After writing messages of concerns to legislators, immigrants in Phoenix face their first legislative challenge: a bill that could potentially limit undocumented immigrants' eligibility to obtain a Phoenix secondary municipal access card.


Arizonans on hand as Trump signs orders on borders, immigration

WASHINGTON - As Arizona resident Steve Ronnebeck watched President Donald Trump sign an executive order to tighten U.S. borders and immigration policies Wednesday, he said he felt as if his slain son Grant finally had a voice.


Nogales wary about executive order to start building border wall

NOGALES, ARIZONA - As President Donald Trump signed executive orders in Washington to build a wall and increase enforcement of the U.S.-Mexico border, Carlos Santa Cruz’s small section of fence behind his house was quiet and serene. A landscaper in Nogales and Rio Rico, he has lived right next to the border for 37 years and has seen the changes that have come with different presidential administrations.


Inauguration speech disappoints Grijalva, who watches from Tucson

TUCSON - While the fanfare of Donald Trump’s inauguration engulfed Washington, D.C., in a swathe of traditions and “Make America Great Again” hats on Friday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva watched the ceremony alone from his office a couple thousand miles away.


Farmworker visas more than doubled in state, nation in recent years

WASHINGTON - The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary "guest worker program" for noncitizens.


McCain says a wall alone is not enough to secure border

WASHINGTON - One day after President-elect Donald Trump promised to start working "immediately" on a wall on the Mexico border, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said a wall alone would not be sufficient to secure the border.


Former DREAMer, Phoenix resident raises concerns at Sessions hearing

WASHINGTON - Former DREAMer and Phoenix resident Oscar Vazquez got his citizenship, served in the Army and is "living the American dream" - a dream he worries could be scuttled for others under a Justice Department led by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.


Arizona programs prioritize education for refugee children

PHOENIX - Former refugee Boo Htoo came to the United States with his two children in 2007 after spending more than 20 years as a Burmese refugee in Thailand.


January 5, 2017: Borderlands Special

Cronkite News special: Controversies, communities and cultures of the border