The Arizona-Mexico border is 362 miles. Most people have never seen it all - until now!

Morgan Loew and Dennis Welch travel from Douglas and Yuma to show you exactly what's at stake and how President-elect Donald Trump's controversial campaign promises could alter the landscape on both sides.

MAP: Where they will be

3TV and CBS 5 take you to the front line of Arizona's border business and battle. It's "24 Hours on the Border."

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  • Deported immigrants desperate and depressed in Nogales, Sonora

    Deported immigrants desperate and depressed in Nogales, Sonora

    Thursday, January 19 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-01-20 04:55:09 GMT
    (Source: 3TV /CBS 5)(Source: 3TV /CBS 5)

    Every day, often twice a day, white buses chartered by the Department of Homeland Security drop immigrants off at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. These are people who have been targeted for deportation due to prior convictions, non-citizens who just finished prison sentences, and recent border-crossers who were caught in the desert by Border Patrol agents. They are told to walk south, back across the border into Mexico.

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    Every day, often twice a day, white buses chartered by the Department of Homeland Security drop immigrants off at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. These are people who have been targeted for deportation due to prior convictions, non-citizens who just finished prison sentences, and recent border-crossers who were caught in the desert by Border Patrol agents. They are told to walk south, back across the border into Mexico.

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  • Trump, tariffs and a potential trade war

    Trump, tariffs and a potential trade war

    Thursday, January 19 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-01-20 04:55:09 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    If Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises, Arizona could find itself on the front line of a trade war, and that has business owners along the border on edge.

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    If Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises, Arizona could find itself on the front line of a trade war, and that has business owners along the border on edge.

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  • Trade war with Mexico threatens jobs and consumers

    Trade war with Mexico threatens jobs and consumers

    Thursday, January 19 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-01-20 04:55:09 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Should President-elect Donald trump follow through on promises to renegotiate, if not blow up, trade deals like the North American Trade Agreement, the incoming president not only threatens to hit the American consumer in the pocketbook, but more importantly jobs across the country and here in Arizona.

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    Should President-elect Donald trump follow through on promises to renegotiate, if not blow up, trade deals like the North American Trade Agreement, the incoming president not only threatens to hit the American consumer in the pocketbook, but more importantly jobs across the country and here in Arizona.

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  • Smuggling fuels Mexico town's economy

    Smuggling fuels Mexico town's economy

    Thursday, January 19 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-01-20 04:55:09 GMT
    It’s common to find shops selling camouflage backpacks, shirts and pants, as well as shoe liners that are supposed to leave no footprints in the desert dust. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)It’s common to find shops selling camouflage backpacks, shirts and pants, as well as shoe liners that are supposed to leave no footprints in the desert dust. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The town of Altar, Sonora, sits along northern Mexico’s busy Highway 2. It’s a major thoroughfare that runs parallel to the U.S.-Mexico border. Altar sees dozens of buses and hundreds of cars pass through each day, east to west and west to east. But this town is also a major stopping point for migrants hoping to make it into the United States.

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    The town of Altar, Sonora, sits along northern Mexico’s busy Highway 2. It’s a major thoroughfare that runs parallel to the U.S.-Mexico border. Altar sees dozens of buses and hundreds of cars pass through each day, east to west and west to east. But this town is also a major stopping point for migrants hoping to make it into the United States.

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  • Border towns as safe as anywhere in Arizona

    Border towns as safe as anywhere in Arizona

    Thursday, January 19 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-01-20 01:30:06 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Listening to the way some politicians describe the border, you might think it's still like the Wild West. But in fact, some of the state's border towns are among the safest places to be in Arizona. 

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    Listening to the way some politicians describe the border, you might think it's still like the Wild West. But in fact, some of the state's border towns are among the safest places to be in Arizona. 

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  • Most drugs slip through legal ports of entry

    Most drugs slip through legal ports of entry

    Thursday, January 19 2017 8:00 PM EST2017-01-20 01:00:20 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Critics of a new, larger border wall point out that the effort would do little to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. because the primary route for the drugs is through the ports.

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    Critics of a new, larger border wall point out that the effort would do little to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. because the primary route for the drugs is through the ports.

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  • AZ border sheriff: Trump's wall a multibillion dollar waste

    AZ border sheriff: Trump's wall a multibillion dollar waste

    Thursday, January 19 2017 7:30 PM EST2017-01-20 00:30:17 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 and CBS News)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5 and CBS News)

    Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada says President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to complete the wall will only slow -- not stop -- the flow of drugs and immigrants coming across the border. "It's not going to solve the problem; you're throwing money away that you could use to do something better," he said. 

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    Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada says President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to complete the wall will only slow -- not stop -- the flow of drugs and immigrants coming across the border. "It's not going to solve the problem; you're throwing money away that you could use to do something better," he said. 

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  • Most of Arizona's border with Mexico already has barrier

    Most of Arizona's border with Mexico already has barrier

    Thursday, January 19 2017 6:00 PM EST2017-01-19 23:00:20 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona’s border with Mexico stretches for 362 miles. Today, 306 of those miles have some kind of barrier, leaving only 56 miles with just barbed wire, or no fence at all. 

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    Arizona’s border with Mexico stretches for 362 miles. Today, 306 of those miles have some kind of barrier, leaving only 56 miles with just barbed wire, or no fence at all. 

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  • Could Trump presidency threaten popular AZ vacation spot in Mexico?

    Could Trump presidency threaten popular AZ vacation spot in Mexico?

    Thursday, January 19 2017 6:00 PM EST2017-01-19 23:00:20 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    With its picturesque beaches, warm waters and its close proximity to the Valley, Puerto Penasco, you know it as Rocky Point, has long been a hot spot for Arizonans to chill out. Could President-elect Donald Trump's tough talk about Mexico change that?

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    With its picturesque beaches, warm waters and its close proximity to the Valley, Puerto Penasco, you know it as Rocky Point, has long been a hot spot for Arizonans to chill out. Could President-elect Donald Trump's tough talk about Mexico change that?

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  • Factories in Nogales, Sonora, create middle class

    Factories in Nogales, Sonora, create middle class

    Thursday, January 19 2017 6:00 PM EST2017-01-19 23:00:19 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    From a distance, the homes that line the hills that surround Nogales, Sonora, look rudimentary, at best. They're not much more than four walls and a roof. But if you drive through the city, you’ll see definite signs that this border town has a blossoming middle class. 

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    From a distance, the homes that line the hills that surround Nogales, Sonora, look rudimentary, at best. They're not much more than four walls and a roof. But if you drive through the city, you’ll see definite signs that this border town has a blossoming middle class. 

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  • DRONE VIDEO: The Arizona-Mexico border like you've never seen it!

    DRONE VIDEO: The Arizona-Mexico border like you've never seen it!

    Arizona’s border with Mexico stretches for 362 miles. Today, 306 of those miles have some kind of barrier, leaving only 56 miles with just barbed wire, or no fence at all. Our drone gives you a unique perspective on what the border actually looks like. Click/tap here to go to our special 24 Hours on the Border section

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    Arizona’s border with Mexico stretches for 362 miles. Today, 306 of those miles have some kind of barrier, leaving only 56 miles with just barbed wire, or no fence at all. Our drone gives you a unique perspective on what the border actually looks like. Click/tap here to go to our special 24 Hours on the Border section

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  • Some border residents say they live in 'militarized' zone

    Some border residents say they live in 'militarized' zone

    Thursday, January 19 2017 8:00 AM EST2017-01-19 13:00:28 GMT
    (Source: 3TV and CBS 5)(Source: 3TV and CBS 5)

    The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has doubled since the year 2000, helping to stem the influx of illegal drugs and border crossers. But some border-area residents say there is a downside to this buildup. They believe their privacy is gone.

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    The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has doubled since the year 2000, helping to stem the influx of illegal drugs and border crossers. But some border-area residents say there is a downside to this buildup. They believe their privacy is gone.

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  • Talk of border wall masks economic issues for AZ farmers

    Talk of border wall masks economic issues for AZ farmers

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 3:33 PM EST2017-01-18 20:33:19 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Farmer John Boelts said President-elect Donald Trump's relentless campaign to complete the wall and secure the border hides a more pressing issue -- manpower, or lack of it.

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    Farmer John Boelts said President-elect Donald Trump's relentless campaign to complete the wall and secure the border hides a more pressing issue -- manpower, or lack of it.

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  • MAP: Where Dennis Welch and Morgan Loew will be during their '24 Hours on the Border'

    MAP: Where Dennis Welch and Morgan Loew will be during their '24 Hours on the Border'

    (Source: Google maps)(Source: Google maps)

    Morgan Loew and Dennis Welch travel from Douglas on the east and Yuma on the west to show you exactly what's at stake and how President-elect Donald Trump's controversial campaign promises could alter the landscape on both sides of Arizona's border with Mexico. 

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    Morgan Loew and Dennis Welch travel from Douglas on the east and Yuma on the west to show you exactly what's at stake and how President-elect Donald Trump's controversial campaign promises could alter the landscape on both sides of Arizona's border with Mexico. 

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  • STATS: What did NOT come across the border?

    STATS: What did NOT come across the border?

    (Source: US Customs and Border Protection)(Source: US Customs and Border Protection)

    We often hear about what crosses the border into Arizona, but what about what does not? Drugs. Money. Weapons. People. Statistics tell the story. Here are the seizure and arrest numbers reported by CBP Office of Field Operations - Tucson Field Office.

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    We often hear about what crosses the border into Arizona, but what about what does not? Drugs. Money. Weapons. People. Statistics tell the story. Here are the seizure and arrest numbers reported by CBP Office of Field Operations - Tucson Field Office.

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  • AT A GLANCE: About the border

    AT A GLANCE: About the border

    Do you know how big the border between the U.S. and our neighbor to the south is? How much of the border is in Arizona? How much is fenced? Find out here!

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    Do you know how big the border between the U.S. and our neighbor to the south is? How much of the border is in Arizona? How much is fenced? Find out here!

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Produced by:
Morgan Loew, Dennis Welch, Bonnie Loftus, Edward Ayala, Gilbert Zermeno, Luis Olivas, Hector Holguin,Vanessa Lichvar, Catherine Holland and Jennifer Thomas.



Dennis WlechVeteran political reporter Dennis Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona.

Dennis Welch
Political Editor

Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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  • CBP: Border wall will mix walls, tech, patrols and ‘natural barriers’

    CBP: Border wall will mix walls, tech, patrols and ‘natural barriers’

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-06-28 17:40:32 GMT
    President Donald Trump’s promise for a wall running the length of the border is more like to include a mix of elements, likes fences, technology, walls, increased patrols and natural barriers, officials now say. (Source: Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News)President Donald Trump’s promise for a wall running the length of the border is more like to include a mix of elements, likes fences, technology, walls, increased patrols and natural barriers, officials now say. (Source: Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News)

    President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a "border wall system" of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but "natural barriers."

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    President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a "border wall system" of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but "natural barriers."

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  • Sessions to tour Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday

    Sessions to tour Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 10:57 AM EDT2017-04-11 14:57:50 GMT
    Jeff Sessions (Source: AP photo)Jeff Sessions (Source: AP photo)

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday will take a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit to Arizona. Sessions will tour what is mostly rough terrain along the international border in Nogales, roughly 70 miles south of Tucson. 

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    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday will take a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit to Arizona. Sessions will tour what is mostly rough terrain along the international border in Nogales, roughly 70 miles south of Tucson. 

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  • Trump wants a wall; border experts want a fence

    Trump wants a wall; border experts want a fence

    Thursday, February 16 2017 9:08 AM EST2017-02-16 14:08:08 GMT
    Workers continue work raising a taller fence in the Mexico-US border separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.  (AP Photo/Christian Torres)Workers continue work raising a taller fence in the Mexico-US border separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

    President Trump wants a wall along the border with Mexico. Career officials at the agencies most involved in the process, however, are set to recommend a fence---one that will cover only about half the length.

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    President Trump wants a wall along the border with Mexico. Career officials at the agencies most involved in the process, however, are set to recommend a fence---one that will cover only about half the length.

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