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U.S. awards border contract to company that already failed


TUCSON – The United States awarded an Israeli company a $145 million contract to build a surveillance system along Arizona’s border with Mexico. But federal records show that the same company had a hand in much the same border security project eight years ago. Read the story and watch our report on

Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep Die In Effort To Restore Nature


TUCSON – Last November, Arizona wildlife officials began a program to re-introduce bighorn sheep to the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson. Thirty-one of the iconic animals were trucked in from a wilderness area, fitted with tracking devices and offloaded into the mountains. Within weeks of their release, the bighorn began to die. Read my story here at the Fronteras Desk.

The Border In Depth

Rogue Mexican Army Troops Crossing the Line

U.S. Awards Border Contract to Company That Already Failed

Drug Cartels Protecting Our Borders

Mexico Investigator Alleging Abuses Jailed by U.S.

Toxicity in Arms Trafficking

Former ICE Official to Get Two Years

The Story of the ICE Agent and His Snitch

FBI Report Details Killing of American Kidnapping Expert

Reeling in a Dealer of Meth and Death

A Surreal Demarcation

Border Epidemic

The Border’s Man of the Year

Twitter Gone Wrong

Voluntarily Returned to Mexico

Border Project Hits Snag

Justice – Sonora Style

Importing Drug Traffickers

Forced Leniency:
The True Story of an Orgy Sponsored by the FBI
A Sting Gone Wrong
Investigation, Cover-up
Corrupting the Weak

Pancho Villa Returns

The Battle for Cananea

The Corridor of Killing

General News

Murdered ICE Agent was Temporarily Assigned to Mexico


Asi dicen las fuentes. The murdered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, Jaime Zapata, from Laredo, was temporarily assigned to Mexico. Somehow along the way, up that Highway 57 towards Monterrey. Lots of narco-bloqueos on that highway these days.

Still, the questions linger. Back in late 2010, the Hermosillo Consulate issued a travel warning for consulate employees. They mandated, nobody travels at night, or past Navojoa, Sonora, without an armored car.

Vehicles of State Department employees in Mexico all have State Department plates. Can we assume que viajaban en carro blindado? I think so. It’s assumption only, at this point.


Mexico’s Hidden Drug War


The following story was produced for the Fronteras Desk, public radio, Arizona. Click here for the audio version.

Long known as Arizona’s beach town, tourists and business owners in Rocky Point, Mexico, say a recent State Department’s travel warning about this place is unfair. Victims say otherwise. They say cartel violence in Mexico has quietly crept in and goes mostly unreported.

Last year the chief of police of this quiet resort town on the Sea of Cortez was gunned down. Since then, the stories of violence here are barely mentioned. Business owners and the town’s mayor prefer to keep it that way.

General News

New Details Emerge in the Hunt for Brian Terry’s Killers


TUCSON, Ariz. — New documents recently gathered by the Fronteras Desk give some new insight into what’s now become a nearly two year-long hunt for the killers of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The document — an FBI search warrant asking for a judge’s permission to track the cellphone of one of the fugitives — shows that at least one of the killers was hiding, not in Mexico, but in the United States until at least Spring 2012, more than a year after the agent’s murder. The warrant paints a portrait of a group of men who easily managed to simultaneously live their lives both in the Phoenix area and Sinaloa, Mexico without too much hindrance by federal agents. In fact, one of the fugitives, an agent surmises, didn’t even know the U.S. had already identified him. You can read more of this story at The Fronteras Desk.

General News

Immigration Judges Dismissing More Deportation Cases


This story first appeared on KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk. Visit our website for stories from all across the border.

Immigration judges are letting more illegal migrants stay in the country. Government records show that the Obama Administration is focusing its deportation efforts on those who have been convicted of crimes.

Most people who show up in front of an immigration judge still face deportation, but the Department of Homeland Security, and judges in Arizona, have doubled the number of cases where deportation orders are dropped compared to five years ago.

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