Borderlands

Large-scale film productions skip Arizona for other states

SANTA FE, NM -- The film “Sicario” opens on a static shot of a neighborhood somewhere in the desert. A team of police officers enter the scene from the right side, just after the words “Chandler, Arizona” fade from the screen.

Film school photo

Washington pans Trump plan to pressure Mexico by blocking remittances

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama appeared to speak for much of official Washington when asked about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan to freeze remittances in an effort to pressure the Mexican government to put billions toward a border fence.


Immigrants disappointed by Trump’s plan to cut off remittances to pay for border wall

Mexican immigrants, who send money to relatives back home, reacted with disappointment over a proposal to cut off their ability to send remittances to Mexico.


A trip through southeastern Arizona is a chance to see the complexities of border life

U.S.-Mexico Border — Over the weekend, Borderlands team digital reporters Miguel Otárola and Molly Bilker, along with photographer Courtney Pedroza, took a reporting trip that brought them through some of the historic landmark towns of southeastern Arizona. The trip began in Bisbee, took a quick jaunt to Douglas and its sister city in Mexico, Agua Prieta, and eventually ended in Nogales.


H1N1Flu cases spike significantly in Arizona this flu season compared to last

The number of confirmed flu cases in Arizona has increased 68 percent compared to the previous flu season, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services influenza summary report.


Coding Academy teaches young refugees computer programming skills

Eager students gathered for a day long “refugee coding academy” at Seed Spot, a business incubator that buzzed with energy.

Professionals give refugees hands on training in basic coding skills.

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.


Copa America games in Arizona expected to draw large crowds

“Soldado” Marco Medina of the Phoenix Battalion of Pancho Villa’s Army sits at his favorite pub in downtown Phoenix, talking strategy with his commander, Richard “El Coronel” Guel.


Phoenix company faces lawsuit for alleged real estate scam targeting Spanish-speaking families

The Arizona Attorney General’s office filed a Consumer Fraud and Civil Racketeering lawsuit alleging a ProSolutions, a Phoenix based company preyed on Spanish-Speaking families who believed they were buying or refinancing a home.

Loan officer Pedro Morales has been contacted by several alleged victims of a housing scam in Phoenix.

Streetcars make comebacks and connections in states along the border

EL PASO, TEXAS -- Peter Svarzbein, city councilman for this Texas border community, makes a left turn at a parking garage near the university campus. The street ahead -- to many just flat black asphalt and bright yellow lines -- is one that, to Svarzbein, holds the city’s future.


For Arizona Latinos, primary election is just a warmup to November

While Arizona Latinos lined up at polling stations to make their choices for Tuesday’s primary preference election, immigrant-rights groups sent out volunteers to continue registering voters.


Protesters denounce anti-immigrant bills, rhetoric of hate in Arizona

A day after billionaire Donald Trump won the Arizona Republican primary, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the state Capitol, denouncing what they call the candidate’s message of hate.