Juanita Molina & Humane Borders from Respectful Revolution on Vimeo.
Feb22

Juanita Molina & Humane Borders from Respectful Revolution on Vimeo.

  Since the hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border in urban areas, more and more undocumented migrants try their luck North through the desert. As a result, in the Tucson-area alone, about 100 bodies are recovered every year, attesting to the incredible difficulty of crossing a merciless desert. In 2000, an organization was created in Tucson to respond to this dire humanitarian crisis: Humane Borders. Its mission: placing water...

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Long lines at San Luis port hard on Mexican workers
Feb18

Long lines at San Luis port hard on Mexican workers

By: Ashley McGowan SAN LUIS — Friendship Park sits abandoned and rusting. This park, where children used to play baseball and families filled picnic tables, will either be the answer to a daily human traffic jam, or will continue to represent a failure at the San Luis port of entry near Yuma. Friendship Park, a name that suggests happy, amicable relationships, was reclaimed by the federal government in 2010 to ease the flow of growing...

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McSally appointed chair of border subcommittee
Feb17

McSally appointed chair of border subcommittee

By: Dylan Smith U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has been named as the chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. McSally’s experience in Congress and her “firsthand experience on the border make her a natural fit to succeed in this vital role,” said the Homeland Security chairman, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul. The plum assignment gives the freshman Republican the lead role on the subcommittee with primary...

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Tohono O’odham Find Common Ground with Border Patrol
Feb17

Tohono O’odham Find Common Ground with Border Patrol

By: Nancy Montoya For almost 10,000 years, the Tohono O’odham people occupied territory that stretched from what is now central Arizona south to Hermosillo, Mexico. In 1854, the Gadsden Purchase split their homeland between Mexico and the U.S., leaving the indigenous people divided between two countries. The reservation shares a 75-mile border with Mexico. Yet for almost two centuries, families crossed the border indiscriminately....

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A Border Patrol agent shot a drug-running suspect, but the agency won’t reveal much more
Feb12

A Border Patrol agent shot a drug-running suspect, but the agency won’t reveal much more

By: Nigel Duara The one-story ranch house looks lonely, even from the highway, slouched on a dust-blown ridge 30 miles from the Mexican border. Here lived the Beans, according to a nameplate long since abandoned. Now, according to locals, it serves as a convenient way station for migrants and drug cartel lookouts along the Mexican border. So when Border Patrol agents recently found two drug-running suspects in a mud-stuck truck with...

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Border volunteers find ‘gory’ vandalism at water stations
Feb11

Border volunteers find ‘gory’ vandalism at water stations

By: Kendal Blust Volunteers for Humane Borders found six of their water stations vandalized during a routine check Tuesday in an area near . One of the stations, at Cemetery Hill, had been shot, and a dead coyote was placed near the water tank, volunteers said. “It was gory and premeditated,” said Juanita Molina, executive director of Humane Borders and the Border Action Network. “Somebody had to put some thought into the message they...

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