drug smuggling

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.

Image captured by Yuma Sector Border Patrol, 2016

Monitoring the U.S./Mexico border for drug smuggling activity is one of the charges of the U.S. Border Patrol.  This task has been made that much more difficult in the technological age.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

Camp Grip: The U.S. Border Patrol's Isolated Base

Jun 16, 2015
Stephanie Sanchez

In May 2001-a group of 26 illegal immigrants from Mexico attempting to cross the U.S. Mexico Border were left to fend for themselves in the Arizona desert by the coyotes they’d hired to smuggle them into the United States.

With no food or water, 14 immigrants died of heat exhaustion.

The deaths sparked a debate over efforts to stem illegal immigration and humanitarian efforts to help immigrants who cross Arizona’s treacherous southern deserts.