Artesanía gives voice to Mexican heritage in southern Arizona
Mar11

Artesanía gives voice to Mexican heritage in southern Arizona

By Matthew Scheurman Rainbow-colored telavera animals crowd the outside of Casa Maya de Mexico in the self-described “artist colony” of Tubac where metalwork shaped into suns and moons, paper mache skeletons from Día de los muertos, and wooden religious figures join them. María Troy, who has worked at Casa Maya de Mexico for the last two years, helps bring many of the goods from Mexico to sell here. “The clay work comes from...

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Tracing America’s borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Mar07

Tracing America’s borderlands history along the Anza Trail

By: Sarah Tory I am lost before I’ve even started. It’s December and I’m in Nogales, Arizona, determined to re-trace the footsteps of the first Spanish colonizing expedition across what is now the border between the United States and Mexico. Nearly 250 years ago, in 1775, a young Spanish commander led a group of mostly poor villagers — men, women and children — together with more than 1,000 horses and cattle from the Mexican state of...

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Deaths, suicides at immigration centers on the rise due to lack of care, report says
Mar01

Deaths, suicides at immigration centers on the rise due to lack of care, report says

TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) –  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has for years provided inadequate medical care at its detention facilities, leading to in-custody deaths, according to a report by a coalition of advocacy groups. The ACLU, Detention Watch Network and National Immigrant Justice Center examined reports filed by an ICE review board in charge of investigating detention deaths. The coalition examined reports from 2010 to 2012,...

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Border checkpoint monitors say they’re being kept too far away
Feb26

Border checkpoint monitors say they’re being kept too far away

By Kendal Blust Arivaca residents monitoring a Border Patrol checkpoint say the agency is keeping them too far away to be effective. A 200-foot set-back was initiated Feb. 4, the group said this week. The set-back was a surprise to the monitors, who on the previous day had been allowed to observe agents at the checkpoint up close, said Sophie Smith, a volunteer with People Helping People, a humanitarian group from Arivaca that has...

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Report: Remote Border Patrol station in Arizona unfit to stay open
Feb25

Report: Remote Border Patrol station in Arizona unfit to stay open

By Perla Trevizo Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector should consider closing one of its remote bases if it can’t renovate it, the agency’s internal watchdog said. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General audited seven forward operating bases in the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso and Tucson sectors and found that only one had “security issues, safety and health concerns and inadequate living conditions,” according to a...

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Ex-US customs officer gets prison in drug trafficking case
Feb22

Ex-US customs officer gets prison in drug trafficking case

By: Associated Press A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for drug trafficking and accepting bribes. Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Johnny G. Acosta was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.He pleaded guilty last November to conspiring to smuggle marijuana into Arizona and accepting bribes to let drug loads through the Douglas port of entry....

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