Borderlands

Two Arizona witnesses, two very different views at border wall hearing

WASHINGTON - While Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr. repeated his opposition Thursday to the border wall and the damage it's causing sacred sites, Arivaca rancher Jim Chilton testified that a wall is needed to protect his land and his family.


Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes

WASHINGTON - An emotional Tohono O'odham Nation chairman told lawmakers Wednesday that blasting on sacred sites in national monuments to build a border wall near his reservation has "forever damaged our people."


UNESCO urged to protect World Heritage Site threatened by border wall construction

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Trump administration’s border wall construction is threatening El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a petition by conservationists and the Tohono O’odham Tribe.


Court says Mexicans cannot sue Border Patrol agents in fatal shootings

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Border Patrol agent in Texas who shot across the border and killed a teen in Mexico cannot be sued by the boy's parents for the death, a ruling likely to affect an almost identical cross-border shooting in Nogales.


Transgender group applauds transfer of detainees from criticized ICE facility in New Mexico

PHOENIX – Twenty-seven transgender migrants have been moved from a detention center in New Mexico to other facilities. The Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico has long been criticized for alleged mistreatment and improper care of transgender detainees.


Vaccinations give migrants hope and health as they wait to enter the U.S.

SAN LUIS RÍO COLORADO, Mexico – With U.S. officials rejecting requests to vaccinate those held in border facilities, some organizations are working to get migrants the health care they need – on the Mexican side of the border – before they request asylum in the states.


Judge caps time CBP can hold migrants in ‘degrading’ Tucson centers

WASHINGTON - A federal judge ruled that Customs and Border Protection cannot hold immigrants for more than 48 hours in its Tucson-area facilities, which he said were not designed to meet "basic human needs ... for extended periods."


Pro-refugee resolution passes Arizona Senate after push from local activists

PHOENIX – A state resolution praising refugee contributions in Arizona was passed in the Senate after a full day of lobbying from local activists. A similar resolution awaits a vote in the House.


DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration took another step toward expediting construction of a border wall Tuesday, announcing it is waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states, including Arizona.


‘There’s nothing to be afraid of’: Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census

PHOENIX – U.S. Census Bureau specialists met with Phoenix residents to discuss the importance of participating in this year’s headcount, which determines seats in Congress and how federal dollars are distributed to states and municipalities.


Lawmakers blast plan to shift $3.8 billion from Pentagon to border wall

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration plans to tap the Pentagon for another $3.8 billion in military funds to pay for border wall construction this year, a move critics blasted as "theft," a raid and a money grab.


Blasting for border wall is typical of feds’ neglect of tribes, leaders say

WASHINGTON - Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the "controlled blasting" in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation, is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.