Felix Herrera
A small lobby at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix feels a lot like the Motor Vehicle Division. It's where undocumented immigrants wait for a chance to tell their story to a pro-bono lawyer. They sit in hard plastic chairs, clutch official documents and stare at posters that explain how to act if the police pull them over.
March 22, 2017
Jamie Thousand
Arizona gave itself a raise in November. And so did Flagstaff. Now the City Council has amended the city’s minimum-wage law so it will have less of a compounded impact on employers.
Gap in the border wall at El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico and Fort Hancock, Texas.
Members of Congress from along the Mexican border asked the Homeland Security Department Tuesday to give them a breakdown of what the nearly $1 billion first phase of the border wall will look like and how the department will fill 5,000 Border Patrol agent positions.
Pima County supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose any sort of federal tariffs on cross border trade with Mexico.
Canyon Mine
A uranium mine six miles outside Grand Canyon National Park has filled with water from a wet winter. An environmental group and two tribes are concerned with how the company is dealing with it.
Rebecca
More than a third of the Navajo reservation doesn’t have running water. And some who do, worry it’s not safe enough to drink. Saint Michael’s school for kids with special needs in northeastern Arizona is one such place. The utility that provides the water said it can only afford to reach the minimal drinking water standards and the school said those standards aren’t good enough.
The U.S. government has just handed Mexican authorities almost a million dollars in protective equipment for agents dismantling clandestine drug labs. The donation is part of the drug-fighting partnership known as the Merida Initiative.
The Homeland Security Department has pushed back its deadline for proposals for a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s also released some ideas of what it’s looking for.
Customs agents check a driver's paperwork at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
The United States is under pressure to hire 15,000 federal agents to uphold the nation’s immigration laws at the border and inside the country. It’s a tough process to get hired to become an agent, especially a Border Patrol agent. And an internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection memo released earlier this week shows that the agency is looking to relax some of those hiring requirements.
Yellowman
Seven archaeology groups in the Southwest have asked the new Interior secretary to support the Bears Ears national monument designation. Utah lawmakers are calling for an elimination of the monument.
The Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry
Trade negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could begin at the end of 2017. Meanwhile, businesses in Arizona and south of the border are bracing for the outcome.
An Appeals Court judge has ordered the United States to free a man it’s held for more than two years in prison after he crossed the border at a port of entry while washing windows.
About 400 people are deported from the U.S. to Mexico City every week.
As Mexico prepares for a presidential election next year, it has become popular for politicians here to stand up for their fellow country-people.
An agreement that dates back 11 U.S. presidents could serve as a template for future energy trade deals. The electric grid that powers tiny Sasabe, Arizona, provides power for an equally small town on the Mexican side of the line. The 50 year old cross-border agreement is being looked at as a model for cross border cooperation.