Borderlands

Judge halts fee hike that would have nearly doubled cost of citizenship

WASHINGTON - A federal judge late Tuesday blocked a steep increase in application fees set to take effect Friday for people seeking U.S. citizenship, an increase that advocates feared would have locked many immigrants out.

Citizenship Rush

Hooligans With Heart: Phoenix Rising’s Red Fury reaches out to refugees

PHOENIX - Phoenix Rising FC supporters group the Red Fury raises funds for refugees at the North Phoenix Christian Soccer Club.


Feds cite safety for Quitobaquito closing; critics see other motives

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service cited public safety concerns for its decision this week to prohibit access to a sacred Tohono O'odham site, a move that comes amid rising tensions between border wall protestors and federal agents.


Court says House can sue White House over funds diverted to border wall

WASHINGTON - Critics of the Trump administration's border wall on Monday welcomed a court ruling that breathed new life into a congressional lawsuit challenging the White House's decision to divert funds to the project from other agencies.


USCIS scrambles to resume naturalizations after COVID-19, budget cuts

WASHINGTON - After 15 years in the U.S., Perla Macias dreamed of the day when she would become a citizen - but her dream was delayed six months this year as COVID-19, then budget cuts, hit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' ability to deliver services.


‘Baby-Friendly’ hospitals tackle health disparities by encouraging Native mothers to breastfeed

A hospital on the Fort Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona is one of several overseen by the Indian Health Service that aims to encourage more Native American women to breastfeed.


Sinema pushes Wolf on damage from border wall; Wolf cites security

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema confronted the acting head of Homeland Security Wednesday over border wall construction she said has ignored the needs of local communities and bypassed environmental assessment reports.


Personal essay: Capturing and documenting trauma in Panama

A photojournalism student writes about her experiences with the people who journeyed through the dangerous Darién Gap in Panama.


Black and brown people at a crossroads as COVID-19 vaccine trials seek participants

As COVID-19 ravages Black and brown communities, public health officials are calling for their participation in vaccine trials.


As polls show him trailing in Arizona, Trump stops in Phoenix to woo Latino voters

PHOENIX – In a matter of days, both the Trump and Biden campaigns have sought to win over a key demographic that could make or break the November election: Hispanic voters.


Migrants hope to work legally in Panama, but some jobs are off-limits

PANAMA CITY, Panama – The nation of Panama reserves 56 professions for citizens only, leaving otherwise qualified migrants struggling to find legal employment.


Court halts Trump plan to exclude undocumented migrants from census

WASHINGTON - A federal court Thursday blocked President Donald Trump's plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census, calling the order a clear violation of the law would cause lasting damage.