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Santiago Dominguez (bottom right) poses with his children, grandchildren, and a portrait of his daughter Rosa Fabiana, who is in Arizona.
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By Tracy Greer
April 27, 2013

In Mexico, Talk Of Immigration Reform Raises Hopes For Visits Home

“I thought she was only going for three or four years at the most, and then would come back,” 82-year-old Santiago Dominguez said in Spanish.

But it’s been 18 years since Rosa Fabiana left for Phoenix. She took her two young sons and crossed into Arizona illegally.

She’s hasn’t been home since, and she’s now 43 years old. Without papers, visiting Mexico was too much of a risk, since she might not make it back to her children in the United States.

The immigration reform bill in the Senate would allow millions of immigrants like Fabiana to apply for a provisional status that would give the right to legally work, and travel internationally.

Quitting Coal Cuts Carbon, But Costs Customers

Los Angeles plans to go coal free by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions. The city currently gets 40 percent of its energy from coal-fired power plants in Arizona and Utah. So while great for Earth Day, quitting coal will have ripple effects on the region, not to mention ratepayers.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the plan to reduce L.A.’s dependence on coal and use more natural gas, solar and wind will cost more than $600 million.

Senate Immigration Bill Calls For A Drone-Patrolled Border

The goal: “effective control” of the border.

Under the bill, no immigrant granted provisional legal status would be eligible to apply for a Green Card until the Department of Homeland Security shows it's made substantial progress toward that goal. Border hawks want the pathway to citizenship more firmly tied to border security success.

But thus far the only statistics that border authorities have released to the public reveal pretty mediocre results.

Players in 1860s-style uniforms take the field in the Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Ariz. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Pomrenke)

Bisbee Ballpark History Is In The Bricks

Warren Ballpark, originally built from wood in 1909, was redone as a Works Progress Administration project in 1937. As we toured the tunnel under the stadium, I noticed the outer wall was brick, but it wasn't smooth like mortar. Bisbee baseball historian Mike Anderson confirmed my suspicions.

The bricks were adobe, made by Latino work crews for the WPA. A closer look revealed the telltale bits of rock and hay stuck in the reddish dirt. It's the only known adobe ballpark still standing.