Borderlands

DACA recipients’ future uncertain – again – after latest court ruling

WASHINGTON - A federal judge's ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful should have no practical impact on more than 600,000 covered immigrants for now - but it is sure to have an emotional impact, advocates say.


Border encounters surge, as migrants make repeated crossing attempts

WASHINGTON - The number of migrants stopped at the Southwest border continued to surge last month, to the highest level for June in at least 20 years, but officials caution that those numbers could have been inflated by repeat attempts by the same people.


Migrant deaths in the desert at record levels as heat wave pounds West

WASHINGTON - The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year, as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave.


Hermosillo pedestrians face many dangers, but work to remedy them is underway

Like Phoenix, Sonora’s capital Hermosillo has struggled with pedestrian safety. In recent years, dozens have been killed and hundreds have been injured. But many are responding to the issue, hoping bring those troubling numbers down.


Border Patrol chief out, as White House grapples with immigration

WASHINGTON - The chief of Border Patrol was forced out this week after just 17 months in the job, a move that critics blasted as a politically motivated decision by the Biden administration.


Officials ‘devastated’ as feds extend nonessential border travel ban

WASHINGTON - Border officials said they were "devastated" this week to find that the federal government has extended a COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings for another month, potentially crippling businesses there.


Border officials eye Monday reopening to nonessential travel with hope

WASHINGTON - Border officials urged lawmakers to stick to a plan to reopen the border to nonessential travel Monday, even as they said more needs to be done to prepare for the expected surge in traffic.


Unfinished border barriers harm environment, National Park Service, Arizona rancher say

ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT – Fifth-generation rancher Kelly Glenn-Kimbro and the National Park Service’s Rijk Morawe agree that Trump’s border wall – as it stands – has failed to secure the southern border but has significantly damaged landscapes and habitat.


Mass effort across Arizona results in millions of vaccinations

PHOENIX – From university campuses to the Navajo reservation, doctors, nurses, members of the armed services and everyday volunteers have participated in an enormous vaccination effort to help Arizonans return to normal life.


Biden’s ambitious higher cap on refugee admissions unlikely to be met

WASHINGTON - Both sides agree on one thing about President Joe Biden's decision to raise this year's cap on refugee admissions from a historic low of 15,000 to as many as 62,500 - the U.S. is not going to come close to hitting that new ceiling.


Arizona lawmakers ask for more federal assistance at border

The Arizona Legislature on Monday passed a resolution to ask for more federal assistance combating the recent increase in illegal border crossings from Mexico.


New study makes case for jaguar reintroduction in Arizona, New Mexico

A new study suggests jaguars could be successfully reintroduced to parts of their historic range in Arizona and New Mexico, where the large cats were wiped out by humans decades ago.