Borderlands

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

WASHINGTON – A year after the Trump administration said it would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program had received more than 230,000 DACA renewal applications after a court ordered the program kept alive while legal challenges played out - which they continue to do.

Caught between DACA and ACA, Dreamer’s hopes for kidney transplant dim

PHOENIX - Paul, 21, has been waiting for a transplant since his kidneys stopped working at age 2, but the wait has been complicated by the fact that Paul, a DACA recipient. He has learned that immigration status doesn't determine your place on the transplant list, as much as your ability to pay.

Border tear gas incident renews wall debate, but little change expected

WASHINGTON - Arizona Republicans backed President Donald Trump's renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border near Tijuana, but experts don't think Congress will OK funding in its remaining few weeks, or shutdown government over the issue.

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.

Vaquita’s last stand: Fishermen want to help but need to feed their families, too

SAN FELIPE, Baja California – In the Upper Gulf of California, many people fish to survive. And while some fishermen support efforts to save the vaquita, others feel that their own survival and way of life is being destroyed. Part 2 of the series delves into the experiences of local fishermen and their complex relationship with the vaquita.

Vaquita’s last stand: The struggle to save the world’s rarest marine animal

SAN FELIPE, Baja California – The vaquita porpoise is a victim of the Sinaloa drug cartel who fish for a species in the same waters and sell on the Chinese black market. Part 1 of this series examines the dangers the totoaba trade presents to the vaquita and the efforts to fight back against illegal fishing.