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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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  • SLIDESHOW: Smuggling fuels Mexico town’s economy

    SLIDESHOW: Smuggling fuels Mexico town’s economy

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 11:08 AM EST2017-01-18 16:08:46 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(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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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter on the CBS 5 Investigates team. His reports have landed crooks behind bars and led to changes in state law.

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Morgan Loew
CBS 5 Investigates

He has exposed conmen who prey on the elderly and predators who target women and children. Morgan combines his legal training with the experience he’s earned over 20-years of news reporting in Arizona to break big stories and dig beyond the headlines. His stories about education, consumer scams and crooked politicians have gone on to make national headlines. Among his favorite investigations are the ones that take him undercover. In addition his hidden camera investigations on drug and human smuggling, Morgan infiltrated some of the most dangerous militia and vigilante groups in the southwest. Members were later charged with crimes that range from murder to child molesting. Over the years, Morgan’s work has appeared on CBS News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and NPR. Morgan won ten Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, earned his Juris Doctorate at Concord Law School, teaches media law at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and is the president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Inc., which advocates for open records and open government. When he’s not working, Morgan enjoys camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats, and spending time with his family at their ranch in southern Arizona.

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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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