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 / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

Fifteen years ago, 14 undocumented migrants were found dead from exposure along the U.S./Mexico border near Yuma. In response, Yuma Sector Border Patrol developed emergency beacons for migrants in distress. But the deaths continue, leading a Tucson human rights organization to create a database to identify the dead.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…