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By Andrew Knochel Cronkite News Service PHOENIX – At least 1,400 Arizonans would be allowed to vote only in federal elections under a rule announced this week by Attorney General Tom Horne, according to a survey of county election officials. The rule requires counties to maintain one list for voters who used state registration forms […]


By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian EDINBURG,TX — When state Rep. Terry Canales called DPS to find out why the department was putting up random checkpoints in the poorest parts of the Rio Grande Valley he could not believe what he was told. “It was such a telling remark. The staff member said DPS was […]


By Frank X. Moraga AmigosNAZ As Armando Gonzalez and Theresa Thomas tell it, about a dozen years ago Flagstaff’s Latino community seemed on the verge of losing another part of its cultural identity. The local ballet folklorico group was in need of funds for costumes to continue to entertain the public. Meanwhile, the number of […]

Supporters of the National Movement of Regeneration (MORENA) take part during a protest against the new proposed energy reforms in front of the Hemiciclo a Juarez monument in Mexico City

By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur On Sundays, the Benito Juarez Monument in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez is a popular community gathering spot of goods, services, culture and ideas. Strolling couples, fun-seeking families, brawny bikers, long-haired rockers, and old farm hands known as braceros– a cross-section of border and Juarez society- mill about […]


By Kay Miller Temple Cronkite News Service PHOENIX – Combating a national obesity epidemic 20 years in the making requires more than just passing out brochures, Arizona’s top health official said Wednesday. What’s needed, said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, is policies changing the environment in which people make decisions […]


By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian BROWNSVILLE, TX — Two Brownsville Border Youth leaders have each won a major community activism award and $5,000 to help improve the lives of families in Cameron Park, the largest colonia in the United States. Miriam Aguayo and Karina Mendieta received their Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors against Poverty Leadership […]


By Luis Hernandez Borderzine WASHINGTON – With the U.S. Senate-passed immigration bill facing political limbo in the U.S. House of Representatives, conservative factions are voicing their opposition loudly here before any compromise can be reached. Travel buses full of mainly older white attendees, from mostly southern states, representing the Tea Party Community group along with […]


By Esmeralda Torres Rio Grande Guardian AUSTIN, TX — Reaction to Attorney General Eric Holder’s effort to reinstate a preclearance process whenever electoral maps in Texas are changed is split largely along ethnic lines. Anglo and Cuban American elected officials in Texas have generally criticized Holder’s move while African American and Mexican American elected officials […]

Schwarzenegger Tours The Border With Newly Deployed National Guard Troops

By Steve Taylor and Raul de la Cruz Rio Grande Guardian McALLEN, June 21 – Border reaction to the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Senate immigration reform legislation has been swift and almost entirely negative. The amendment calls for an additional 20,000 border patrol agents, increased drone surveillance, and completion of 700 miles of border fencing […]

Arizona Registration

By Evan Bell Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON – Voting and civil rights groups cheered a decision by the Supreme Court Monday that struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voting. The court’s 7-2 ruling said Arizona’s voter-approved Proposition 200, which required proof of citizenship for voter registration, was trumped by the federal […]


By Frank X. Moraga AmigosNAZ Improving student achievement, developing new leaders will be key to Arizona’s success A vibrant Arizona of the future will require a strong investment in the state’s educational system. But party politics and a focus on balancing budgets over creating educational opportunities could hurt the state’s effort to build and keep […]

Mirel Argueta, a Juarez native and a professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey en Juárez, and Reinaldo Sánchez, Colombian and recent UTEP PhD graduate. (Courtesy of Mirel Argueta)

By Anoushka Valodya Borderzine EL PASO – Although El Paso and Juárez are sister cities, they are divided by differences and obstacles that present real-life challenges to unmarried couples whose relationships straddle the border. Three couples, all in their 20s, discuss their transnational relationships, explaining how they wish they could live in the same city […]