Borderlands

Decades after anti-immigrant policies, LA’s development is a lesson for Phoenix

LOS ANGELES -- Outside the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles just west of the downtown area, Mexican vendors and workers mill around, selling tamales and newspapers. Across the street is MacArthur Park, known for immigrant families and vendors who pass their time there.

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Golf struggles to attract Latinos

PHOENIX — Phoenix native Andre Magdelano doesn’t play golf and has never been invited to play the sport.

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For Arizona Latinos, endorsement of candidates must go beyond a last name

It will take more than a Hispanic name like “Cruz” or “Rubio” to win over the country’s largest minority group.


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.

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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.