Borderlands

City Council votes to continue south Phoenix light-rail extension

PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council approves Valley Metro's plans as is will move forward with the light rail expansion in Phoenix in the next four years.


Art exhibit aims to break down walls near Arizona-Mexico border

SAN LUIS – An Arizona Library is making it possible for two towns to unite together through artwork, despite being physically separated by a border fence.


New Trump plan would restrict green cards for immigrants who use public funds

PHOENIX – After the Trump administration announced potential new rules on public assistance for legal immigrants, lawyers and advocacy groups are advising immigrant families to seek legal counsel.


Immigration judge criticizes quotas, wants independence from Justice Department

WASHINGTON - The president of the National Association of Immigration Judges criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday for what she called unrealistic standards his Justice Department has set for immigration courts.


With grant gone, Pima County sheriff hints he’ll need local dollars for border efforts

TUCSON – After the Pima County Board of Supervisors rejected to approve a federal grant aimed at border patrolling, Sheriff Mark Napier has to find another way to get funding for his department.


Protesters walk out of hearing on rules for holding immigrant youth

WASHINGTON - Immigrant-rights advocates carrying signs - and babies - walked out of a Senate hearing to protest its review of a court ruling that limits the amount of time the government can hold immigrant children, limits that were key to the administration's ending its policy of separating families at the border.


ACLU lawsuit: Phoenix police wrongfully used tear gas, pepper bullets against anti-Trump protesters

The ACLU and activists have filed a class-action lawsuit against Phoenix, claiming police overreacted with projectiles and pepper spray at an August 2017 rally near the Phoenix Convention Center.


Report: Border wall hurts wildlife, people now, full wall will be worse

WASHINGTON - The existing partial border wall with Mexico has caused environmental damage, harmed border communities and failed to make the country safer, and a complete border wall would only make things worse, said a new report, which called for a pause on construction of a full wall.


Football, not just fútbol, is taking root in Mexico, especially along the border

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Sonora, Mexico – Outside of the United States, American football isn’t king like it is domestically. Still, the sport has seen significant growth in Mexico, specifically along the border. While some cities have established football programs, San Luis Rio Colorado is just beginning to grow the sport.


Advocates target millennial Latino voters with social media campaign

WASHINGTON - If you want to boost votership, you go to where the voters are. And in the case of millennials, that's probably the Internet, so Mi Familia Vota's campaing to reach millennial Latino voters this fall is heavy on use of social media, text messaging and digital delivery of voter information.


Families rally for border enforcement, as Trump eases wall demands

WASHINGTON - One day after President Donald Trump stepped back from demands for border wall funding in the next budget, family members of people killed by undocumented immigrants rallied Friday to demand tougher enforcement of immigration laws.


Hispanic Caucus joins critics calling Kavanaugh a potential ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON - As Senate Judiciary Committee hearings ground into their third day, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus added its voice to the chorus of groups criticizing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who caucus members said would be a disaster not just for Latinos but for the nation as a whole.