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Audit shows Border Patrol hampered by outdated technology, flawed evaluation of new equipment
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received more than $743 million since 2017 for upgrades in border technology, but it has only bought 28% of the equipment needed to modernize systems that thwart the flow of illegal goods.
CBP agents in Nogales rely on technology in race against Mexican drug cartels
NOGALES – More than 9% of the drugs that entered the U.S. in fiscal year 2021 came over the border in Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection data says. CBP has technology to help seize drugs, but agents say cartels are steps ahead.
Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses suffered during pandemic
NOGALES – After 19 months, Nogales will reopen Monday to nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving the Arizona border city of 20,000 hope that life and the economy may return to pre-pandemic normal.
‘Living in the hell’: Interpreter is one of 300+ Afghan refugees resettled in Arizona
SCOTTSDALE – An interpreter for the U.S. military fled his native Afghanistan after the Taliban retook control in August. He and his fiance landed in Arizona with some help from a Scottsdale law group.
Low-income voters cast nearly 40% of Arizona votes in 2020, study says
PHOENIX – Arizonans making less than $50,000 a year were responsible for nearly 40% of votes cast in the 2020 general election, a voting study says. Nationwide, that figure was 35%.
COVID vaccine added to requirements for immigrants seeking permanent residency
PHOENIX – Immigrants seeking permanent residency now must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, along with polio, measles and other infectious diseases. But access to vaccines around the world is uneven.
Maricopa election probe is complete, but fight may just be starting
WASHINGTON - After months of work and millions of dollars, the contractors investigating Maricopa County's elections were able to answer one question Friday - President Joe Biden did win. Otherwise, they spent hours raising questions and calling for more investigation.