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The U.S. government has just handed Mexican authorities almost a million dollars in protective equipment for agents dismantling clandestine drug labs. The donation is part of the drug-fighting partnership known as the Merida Initiative.
The Homeland Security Department has pushed back its deadline for proposals for a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s also released some ideas of what it’s looking for.
Customs agents check a driver's paperwork at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
The United States is under pressure to hire 15,000 federal agents to uphold the nation’s immigration laws at the border and inside the country. It’s a tough process to get hired to become an agent, especially a Border Patrol agent. And an internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection memo released earlier this week shows that the agency is looking to relax some of those hiring requirements.
Yellowman
Seven archaeology groups in the Southwest have asked the new Interior secretary to support the Bears Ears national monument designation. Utah lawmakers are calling for an elimination of the monument.
The Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry
Trade negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could begin at the end of 2017. Meanwhile, businesses in Arizona and south of the border are bracing for the outcome.
An Appeals Court judge has ordered the United States to free a man it’s held for more than two years in prison after he crossed the border at a port of entry while washing windows.
About 400 people are deported from the U.S. to Mexico City every week.
As Mexico prepares for a presidential election next year, it has become popular for politicians here to stand up for their fellow country-people.
An agreement that dates back 11 U.S. presidents could serve as a template for future energy trade deals. The electric grid that powers tiny Sasabe, Arizona, provides power for an equally small town on the Mexican side of the line. The 50 year old cross-border agreement is being looked at as a model for cross border cooperation.
The Arizona Legislature passed Senate Bill 1092 in 2015 requiring all "able-bodied adults" receiving Medicaid to be employed, looking for a job or in school.
Jamie Thousand
Flagstaff is divided over legislation voters passed in November to raise the minimum wage. It’s creating tension between friends and neighbors in town and people are boycotting certain businesses. Workers say they can’t survive without a higher wage, while business owners say their businesses won’t survive.
The former Mexican leader addresses the tensions between Mexico and the U.S, and recommends Donald Trump to visit Arizona.
President Donald Trump said he’ll renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. That has a lot of businesses that do cross border trade concerned. That includes some U.S. energy executives, though energy was excluded from NAFTA.
Former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte
A new report is recommending the U.S. stop supporting the military in Mexico’s war on drug trafficking.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray and Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong
A top Mexican government official is taking a tough stance on potential U.S. policies, saying that the country will not receive deportees from countries other than Mexico and that his country does not need financial aid from the U.S.
The Homeland Security Department announced Friday morning that it will begin taking bids for a wall along the border with Mexico.

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