Cronkite News Borderlands Special

Cronkite News special: Borderlands reporting

Valley police departments lag behind their cities in Latino representation

PHOENIX - When Magdalena Schwartz, now a pastor in Mesa, first immigrated to America from Chile in 1998, she played guitar for people in jail because she felt it was a way she could volunteer without speaking English.

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

NOGALES -- Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but a local food bank is approaching them all head-on.

No divide on this border issue; both sides urge less partisan posturing

WASHINGTON - Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican Jeff Flake agree on one thing: The border is no place for partisan politics.

Borderlands Theater has been putting on a show for three decades in Tucson

TUCSON – Nestled among the sprawling buildings around the Tucson Convention Center is the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House, home to Borderlands Theater and the Arizona Historical Society offices.

City of Phoenix opens new trade office, signs economic agreements with two Mexican cities

PHOENIX -- The City of Phoenix has taken major steps toward increasing its economic relationship with Mexico with the opening of a trade office in Hermosillo, Sonora, and the signing of memorandums of understanding with Hermosillo and the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa.

Call for crackdown on immigration, sanctuary cities, splits House panel

WASHINGTON - House Republicans renewed their call Tuesday for an immigration crackdown, this time focusing on sanctuary cities that they say threaten public safety by harboring criminal immigrants.

California growers rely on Arizona honey bees for almond crop

As the shortage of honey bees worsens, California growers increasingly rely on bees from Arizona for pollination.

Arizona border crossing deaths are honored one story at a time through art

AMADO — Tattered jeans, backpacks, and love letters are stitched together and tell the story of migrants who made their way into the U.S. through the Arizona desert but perished before reaching their destination.

Women’s interfaith event emphasizes unity across all religions

SCOTTSDALE -- Tahera Ahmad was in the middle of a high school basketball game in the early 2000s when the referee blew his whistle and kicked her off the court for wearing a hijab.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to sponsor, recruit at Country Thunder

PHOENIX - Among the muddy cowboy boots, late-night RV dance parties and creative beer bongs typically displayed at Arizona’s annual Country Thunder music festival in Florence, concert-goers will also see a new recruitment booth for U.S. Customs and Border Protection this year.

Young leader in Arizona Democratic Party works to unite voters

TEMPE -- On a sweltering spring afternoon, the normally gridlocked roadways are lightly traversed on a weekend afternoon. Jevin Hodge sits in a local coffee shop, a stylish three-piece suit draped over his athletic build, a gold watch adorning his wrist.