Borderlands

More Americans defy racial categories and identify as Blaxican

Raynetta Brown, a student at Arizona State University, is among a growing number of Americans who are defying racial categories and choosing to identify as biracial.


Bill would exempt refugees and others with community gardens from strict health rules

A community garden where refugees such as Bhutanese-American Punya Koirala grow the vegetables of their homelands may soon be able to sell produce to grade schools and universities under a recently introduced bill.

Man hoes a pile of fresh manure

Border state senators call for long-stalled vote on ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators Thursday called on their colleagues to stop blocking Roberta Jacobson's nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saying "we need our top diplomat in Mexico."


Report: Undocumented immigrants contribute $231 million in state taxes annually

Undocumented immigrants pay an estimated $11.64 billion a year in taxes, according to a report by the Institution on Taxation and Economic Policy. Nearly $231.5 million of that amount is in state and local taxes for Arizona.


Nogales produce imports continue to rise as vegetable growing shifts to Mexico

NOGALES -- Produce imports through Nogales remain on the rise as the produce-growing industry shifts further into Mexico, despite concerns of inadequate customs staffing at the port of entry.

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Soccer helps Arizona refugees adapt

Akili Edmond started playing soccer with his friends in his home country Tanzania when he was just six years old, and soon enough he was in love with it.


CBP uses biometrics to track border crossers leaving the country

San Diego — U.S Customs and Border Protection officers are testing new biometric technology at a busy border crossing to track people leaving the country.


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:


Syrian refugees receive mentorship through new nonprofit program

SCOTTSDALE--A new non-profit organization is helping Syrian refugee families adapt through mentorship, connecting young Syrian refugees with successful individuals.


Low Mexican Peso is generating more travel interest among Americans

With spring break just two weeks away, college students are taking a second look at Mexico as an ideal destination, thanks to its weak peso and despite travel alerts.

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Celebration of Pope Francis’ visit resonates on both sides of the border

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- In the slanting afternoon shadows between this city and its sister across the border, Pope Francis ascended a ramp built overlooking the levee of the Rio Grande and blessed the U.S. and its people, including migrants and refugees.


Storify: Social media coverage of the Pope’s Mass on the border

This Storify summarizes Cronkite News reporters' coverage as well as other media outlets and crowdsourced photos, videos and posts.