Borderlands

Chinese community fights back for its cultural center

PHOENIX – Dozens of voices were heard during Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting, where a large number of members from the Valley’s Chinese community came out in defense of the cultural center they say is ground zero for their community in the Valley.

Phoenix City Council members

South Phoenix hopes light rail extension will bring end to historic segregation

PHOENIX - Tall corporate buildings, brand new modern apartment complexes and fancy restaurants compose most of Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. However, just a few miles down, south of Salt River, it’s a different story. Small, family-owned businesses, abandoned buildings and empty lots become the scenery.

Street sign

DACA recipient reflects on rough road ahead

PHOENIX - Shock, fear and uncertainty are all common feelings for Liliana Reyes during this time period of her life. Just nearly a week after learning of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Reyes, a third-time DACA recipient, is trying to put together a plan for a future that seems uncertain.


Meet A Muslim Day aims for open dialogue

TEMPE — On Saturday afternoon, Latif Ahmed stood on a sidewalk in Tempe holding a red, white and blue sign reading “I’M A MUSLIM ASK ME ANYTHING.” He laughed when asked if the American color scheme was purposeful.

Muslim participants

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

WASHINGTON - A Hispanic-owned construction company from Sierra Vista won one of four contracts awarded this week to build prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.


Democrats raise the stakes in push to get vote on ‘clean’ DREAM Act

WASHINGTON - Hispanic House members took a page from President Donald Trump's playbook Friday, saying they are willing to risk a government shutdown later this year if they cannot get a vote on the DREAM Act.


Valley residents head to Texas to provide aid and supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey

CHANDLER – The moon was still visible when close to a dozen Valley residents gathered at a gas station in Chandler. They were about to begin their long drive toward Houston, Texas, to deliver supplies and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Chey Tor trip organizer

ASU’s DACA students meet, plan action

PHOENIX — On Thursday evening, Arizona State University students crowded into a makeshift conference room, pulling chairs into a circle. When there wasn’t any room left, some students sat on the floor in the middle. They took turns introducing themselves – sharing their names, their majors and their fears about the repeal of DACA.

USEE meeting

Local attorney helps DREAMers plan for uncertain future

PHOENIX — After President Donald Trump’s official DACA decision was announced earlier this week, DREAMers now turn their focus to what could be next for them.

Daniel Rodriguez

Film screening in Tempe opens door to discussion of portrayal of Latinas in media

TEMPE — A film about a young Latina in Los Angeles torn between her personal ambitions and her conservative family’s expectations opens the door to a conversation about the need for the authentic portrayal of Latinas in film.


Trump tweets Dreamers have “nothing to worry about” for six months, Twitter users react

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s tweet early Thursday morning about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, left some wondering what he meant exactly, with many Twitter users expressing confusion.


One day after DACA decision, Democrats push for vote on DREAM Act

WASHINGTON - Arizona DREAMers joined other advocates on Capitol Hill Wednesday as Democrats called for a quick vote on a "clean" DREAM Act, which would keep many of the protections that could be lost if DACA is revoked.