Borderlands

‘The cellphone does everything’: Smartphones, internet access are key tools of 21st century migration

Cellphones and internet access are key tools for the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan refugees who are fleeing violence and poverty.


Rising cost of migrant health care is straining charities and Border Patrol

TUCSON – With an increasing number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, the cost of caring for their medical needs is rising as well.


With Venezuela in turmoil, migrants and refugees turn to Peru

Peru has welcomed with open arms more than 700,000 Venezuelan migrants. The inflow is both a test and an opportunity for the country’s economy.


A virtual wall may be the solution to protect wildlife at the border

PHOENIX – The Center for Biological Diversity says animals like jaguars are at risk of harm if President Trump builds a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tech company, Quanergy Systems, says it has an alternative that can be used to create a virtual wall instead, possibly offering a solution to the wildlife problem.


Mexico becomes top U.S. trade partner for first time

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Mexico has long been Arizona’s top trade partner. Now, for the first time, our southern neighbor is also the No. 1 trade partner with the United States.


Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

WASHINGTON - A peaceful border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened in a tweet to send armed soldiers to the border in response.


Critics blast DHS environmental waivers that clear way for border wall

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said ti will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma, in a move quickly attacked by lawmakers and environmentalists.


As Hermosillo grows at the edges, some see a future in the center

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Hermosillo, Mexico, has tripled in area since 1990, but there are signs of revitalization in the city’s charming center.


Migrant medical costs, Arcosanti experiment and day care inspections

PHOENIX – In Tuesday’s 5 p.m. broadcast, viewers decided which interviews they wanted to see on air. But we’re offering all the content here: the full stories, the in-depth interviews and the community comments.


Electric scooter companies fight to keep rolling in Mexico and U.S.

MEXICO CITY – Like in metro Phoenix, electric shared scooters arrived in Mexico City with disruptive technologies and concerns. While some see in them innovation and an opportunity to fight urban problems such as air pollution or traffic, others think that these vehicles need to be regulated — or even eradicated.


Tucson’s Benedictine Monastery more than just a shelter for migrant families

TUCSON – The Casa Alitas shelter at the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson provides transportation, medical care and guidance for migrants claiming asylum in the United States.


Community leaders at breaking point as thousands of migrant families released in El Paso

EL PASO – Organizers and volunteers at shelters across El Paso struggle to keep pace with the release of migrants into the community, while migrants who faced cold and uncomfortable conditions at detention centers set out on their journeys as they await court hearings.