Borderlands

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines in vote to block Trump emergency

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split down party lines as the House voted 245-182 to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of national emergency at the southern border, a move Trump said is needed so he can shift $6.7 billion toward construction of a border wall this year.


Venezuelans in Arizona want aid for their home country; other groups say ‘hands off’

TUCSON – During a deadly weekend of protests in Venezuela, many advocacy groups oppose U.S. involvement in Venezuela, while some Venezuelans in Arizona say it’s the only option for a country in disarray.


At Nogales ports of entry, CBP uses technology, and instincts, to detect drugs

NOGALES – The record-breaking fentanyl bust at a commercial port of entry in Nogales in late January was the result of a variety of technology CBP has been using for years.


Tucson council votes to support Nogales in fight against razor wire

TUCSON – The Tucson City Council voted Wednesday night to support the border city of Nogales in its fight with federal authorities and the U.S. military over concertina wire strung along the border fence.


Federal charges against four No More Deaths volunteers are dropped

TUCSON – Federal charges have been dropped against four humanitarian aid workers who faced misdemeanor charges involving their work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.


Produce rescue: Nogales group feeds vulnerable communities as it fights food waste

TEMPE – A nonprofit organization in Nogales assists elderly, low-income, undocumented and disabled people in Arizona by giving them affordable fruits and vegetables.


16 states file lawsuit against Trump’s national emergency; Arizona isn’t one of them

PHOENIX – President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border on Friday, prompting 16 states to file a complaint against him. Arizona was not one of them.


Lawsuits, rallies protest Trump declaration of national border emergency

WASHINGTON - Hundreds gathered outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, a move the protesters called a "massive abuse of presidential power" that is not an actual emergency.


Constitutional experts express concerns after Trump declares state of emergency

PHOENIX – President Trump declared a national state of emergency on Friday, and law experts are worried about the legality of the action as well as which statutory powers the president will seize.


Arizona reaction to Trump’s border emergency splits along party lines

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers' reaction to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national border security emergency split along party lines, with Democrats calling it "fear-mongering" that sets "a dangerous precedent" while Republicans said the action is needed to "protect American lives."


Employees hustle ‘nonstop’ to meet blossoming demand for Valentine’s Day roses

PHOENIX – Workers at a Phoenix flower wholesale distributor say demand for Valentine’s Day roses has spiked in recent years.


As border budget talks wind down, rhetoric from warring sides heats up

WASHINGTON - As congressional negotiators reportedly closed in on a border-security funding compromise, advocates on both sides were complaining about the deal - with immigration advocates saying it gives too much, and strong-border supporters saying it needs to give more.