Reporter's Notebook: Life Before The Border Fence

Mar 1, 2018
Feliza Azelin

President Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to build a massive wall on the U.S. Mexico border. Critics say the fence is useless and a waste of taxpayer money.

But that may depend on which side of the border you live on.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has lived in this border community her entire life. She shares personal recollections in today’s reporter’s notebook.

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition - The Dangerous Divide is the new book by author Peter Eichstaedt in which he journeys along a portion of the U.S./Mexico border, talking with migrants, Border Patrol agents, and community members about life along the border.  In an interview with KAWC’s Lou Gum, Eichstaedt says since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the U.S./Mexico border has become a militarized zone and Mexicans and others who cross the border illegally are now viewed as a national security threat…(originally aired 05/21/14).

Michelle Faust / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

September 11th, 2001, more than 3,000 Americans died in terrorist attacks in New York, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked jets crashed.  On the 12th anniversary of the tragic event, a permanent memorial was unveiled in Yuma in honor of those who died that day and the more than 400 responders who lost their lives.  KAWC's Kim Johnson attended the memorial ceremony...(originally aired 09/11/13)