Search result for Mauricio Casillas

Vaquita’s last stand: Saving the porpoise may depend on creating a legal market for totoaba

SAN FELIPE, Baja California – A plan to capture and breed the endangered vaquita marina in a giant ocean aquarium failed, but out of that came a new plan: use the aquarium to breed totoaba, the fish targeted by poachers. Conservationists hope by creating a legal market for totoaba, vaquita no longer will be killed by poachers’ gillnets.


Arizona officials remain tight-lipped about security plans for upcoming events, but vow they’re taking precautions

PHOENIX – One local security expert called Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas an “unusual circumstance,” and it’s not something professionals would have necessarily anticipated.

Security expert

What I learned reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

Editor's Note: Recently, a group of Cronkite News reporters travelled along the U.S.-Mexico border to work on stories about the results of a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll. Mauricio Casillas, a recent graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, was one of the reporters who contributed to our coverage. Here, he reflects on his experience as a Borderlands reporter.


Border residents cope with discovery of drug smuggling tunnel in their neighborhood

TIJUANA -- Tijuana resident Jaime Romero was with his son in Yuma when he received a call from his home security system alerting him that someone was invading his home.


Undocumented immigrants rally at State Capitol as Supreme Court reviews DACA/DAPA

Ivonne Salazar and Graciela Pacheco started praying Sunday, hours before Supreme Court justices began arguments over a controversial immigration plan that could push them and millions more out of the shadows. Or separate them from their families.


Visitors from Mexico spend Easter vacations and money in Arizona

NOGALES, SONORA -- A two week Easter break in Mexico translated into long lines at the Nogales border crossing for Isauro Perez and his family who were headed for shopping in Tucson.


What we learned: Reflections on El Paso-Juárez from the Borderlands team

Editor’s note: Recently, a group of Cronkite reporters for the Borderlands program spent a week covering Pope Francis' visit to the border. In the end, the story became more than just about the pope. The reporters were among the few, if not the only student reporters, who covered the story from El Paso and Juárez, one of the biggest border communities in the world, from both sides. Here's an essay with their reflections:


Phoenix couple rejoices at opportunity to attend final Papal Mass in Mexico

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO -- Pope Francis' final Mass in Mexico on Wednesday will be a watershed moment not just for this bruised city but for its native sons and daughters, including those who left but never stopped believing.


Virtual reality training could help prepare Arizona police

Virtual reality training could become a reality for more Arizona police departments.


Arizonans to make the trek for Pope Francis’ first visit to border

Sergio Siller was tired of hearing about bad news coming out of his Mexican hometown of Ciudad Juárez. That’s why when the Phoenix resident received the news in late November that Pope Francis was visiting Juárez, he was overjoyed.