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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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  • Homeland Security passes through AZ on tour of US-Mexico border

    Homeland Security passes through AZ on tour of US-Mexico border

    Friday, February 10 2017 10:20 AM EST2017-02-10 15:20:46 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Home Security Secretary John Kelly to the Grand Canyon State Thursday. (Source: @DougDucey via Twitter)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Home Security Secretary John Kelly to the Grand Canyon State Thursday. (Source: @DougDucey via Twitter)

    The Department of Homeland Security said Kelly planned to discuss efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to improve security along the border while visiting Nogales, on Thursday and San Ysidro, CA on Friday. 

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    The Department of Homeland Security said Kelly planned to discuss efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to improve security along the border while visiting Nogales, on Thursday and San Ysidro, CA on Friday. 

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  • Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate

    Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 10:13 AM EST2017-02-07 15:13:06 GMT
    While some groups are criticizing the Trump administration’s call for a border wall as costly and counterproductive, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said the wall that went up in his county has worked well. (Source: Tyler Fingert/Cronkite News)While some groups are criticizing the Trump administration’s call for a border wall as costly and counterproductive, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said the wall that went up in his county has worked well. (Source: Tyler Fingert/Cronkite News)

    One day before the new secretary of Homeland Security was scheduled to testify on border security, a Nogales business owner joined critics speaking out against the Trump administration’s plans to continue the “militarization” of the southern border.

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    One day before the new secretary of Homeland Security was scheduled to testify on border security, a Nogales business owner joined critics speaking out against the Trump administration’s plans to continue the “militarization” of the southern border.

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  • Arizonans on hand as Trump signs orders on borders, immigration

    Arizonans on hand as Trump signs orders on borders, immigration

    Thursday, January 26 2017 12:30 PM EST2017-01-26 17:30:15 GMT
    President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen before signing executive order for immigration actions to build border wall during a visit to the Homeland Security Department on Wednesday. (Source: AP photo)President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen before signing executive order for immigration actions to build border wall during a visit to the Homeland Security Department on Wednesday. (Source: AP photo)

    Steve Ronnebeck and Mary Ann Mendoza were invited to the signing ceremony in Washington because they had children killed by immigrants who were in this country illegally.

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    Steve Ronnebeck and Mary Ann Mendoza were invited to the signing ceremony in Washington because they had children killed by immigrants who were in this country illegally.

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  • Rep. Biggs: Trooper shooting shows need for border security

    Rep. Biggs: Trooper shooting shows need for border security

    Thursday, January 26 2017 12:25 PM EST2017-01-26 17:25:44 GMT
    Republican Rep. Andy Biggs says the recent shooting of a state trooper by a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally points to a need for tightened border security. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Republican Rep. Andy Biggs says the recent shooting of a state trooper by a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally points to a need for tightened border security. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Republican Rep. Andy Biggs cited the Jan. 12 wounding of the trooper in a statement Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump took steps to build a southern border wall and strip funding from sanctuary cities.

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    Republican Rep. Andy Biggs cited the Jan. 12 wounding of the trooper in a statement Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump took steps to build a southern border wall and strip funding from sanctuary cities.

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  • The many challenges facing Trump's wall

    The many challenges facing Trump's wall

    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    President Donald Trump is following through with one of the first pledges he made a year and a half ago when he announced his long-shot bid for the White House -- directing federal resources toward building a wall...

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    President Donald Trump is following through with one of the first pledges he made a year and a half ago when he announced his long-shot bid for the White House -- directing federal resources toward building a wall along...

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  • Arizona-Mexico border fence to get replaced

    Arizona-Mexico border fence to get replaced

    Thursday, January 19 2017 12:59 PM EST2017-01-19 17:59:42 GMT
    Example of a bollard fence in Tucson Sector (Source: CBP.gov)Example of a bollard fence in Tucson Sector (Source: CBP.gov)

    The fencing along the Naco Port of Entry is currently made of wire mesh but will be replaced with an 18-foot bollard fence in accordance with plans made four years ago.

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    The fencing along the Naco Port of Entry is currently made of wire mesh but will be replaced with an 18-foot bollard fence in accordance with plans made four years ago.

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  • Optimism remains for massive pier project at Rocky Point

    Optimism remains for massive pier project at Rocky Point

    Thursday, January 5 2017 12:59 PM EST2017-01-05 17:59:23 GMT
    There are cement blocks that are the foundation for a massive pier at Rocky Point. (Source: www.rockypointtravel.com)There are cement blocks that are the foundation for a massive pier at Rocky Point. (Source: www.rockypointtravel.com)

    Even with the post-election fallout and the biggest development project in the history of Rocky Point temporarily on hold, optimism still runs deep south of the border. 

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    Even with the post-election fallout and the biggest development project in the history of Rocky Point temporarily on hold, optimism still runs deep south of the border. 

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  • Border arrests rise as Trump presidency approaches

    Border arrests rise as Trump presidency approaches

    Saturday, November 19 2016 12:23 AM EST2016-11-19 05:23:09 GMT
    (Source: KPHO/KTVK)(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    The number of people arrested while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has been steadily climbing over the last few months, and one law enforcement official thinks Donald Trump’s rise to the White House could be part of the reason.

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    The number of people arrested while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has been steadily climbing over the last few months, and one law enforcement official thinks Donald Trump’s rise to the White House could be part of the reason.

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  • Border residents don’t want a wall built between cities, according to major new poll

    Border residents don’t want a wall built between cities, according to major new poll

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 4:45 PM EDT2016-07-19 20:45:58 GMT

    The poll is the first of its kind in more than 15 years and reflects the attitudes of nearly 1,500 respondents in 14 U.S. and Mexican cities from California to Texas. 

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    The poll is the first of its kind in more than 15 years and reflects the attitudes of nearly 1,500 respondents in 14 U.S. and Mexican cities from California to Texas. 

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  • INVESTIGATION

    Mexican drug cartels pushing more heroin in U.S.

    Mexican drug cartels pushing more heroin in U.S.

    Thursday, May 19 2016 10:00 PM EDT2016-05-20 02:00:14 GMT
    "Mexican traffickers are making a concerted effort to increase heroin availability in the U.S. market," according to the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary by the Department of Justice. (Source: CBS 5 News)"Mexican traffickers are making a concerted effort to increase heroin availability in the U.S. market," according to the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary by the Department of Justice. (Source: CBS 5 News)

    The Mexican drug cartels have found a growing market -- feeding American's growing opioid drug addiction -- and they are changing their business models to capitalize on it.

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    The Mexican drug cartels have found a growing market -- feeding American's growing opioid drug addiction -- and they are changing their business models to capitalize on it.

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  • Cartel scouts move from mountain to mountain in AZ desert

    Cartel scouts move from mountain to mountain in AZ desert

    Thursday, April 14 2016 10:29 PM EDT2016-04-15 02:29:10 GMT

    Lookouts who work for the Sinaloa drug cartel are moving from mountain to mountain in the desert between Phoenix and the border, spying on US law enforcement officers.

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    Lookouts who work for the Sinaloa drug cartel are moving from mountain to mountain in the desert between Phoenix and the border, spying on U.S. law enforcement officers.

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  • DPS director argues case for governor's border strike force

    DPS director argues case for governor's border strike force

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 11:19 PM EST2016-02-17 04:19:12 GMT

    As the new head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Col. Frank Milstead had a novel idea. When it comes to combating the drug smuggling gangs that use the southern Arizona desert as a superhighway, why not just jam their radio and wireless communications so they can't coordinate smuggling efforts?

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    As the new head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Col. Frank Milstead had a novel idea. When it comes to combating the drug smuggling gangs that use the southern Arizona desert as a superhighway, why not just jam their radio and wireless communications so they can't coordinate smuggling efforts?

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  • Pinal County sheriff's deputies spot drug scouts from the air

    Pinal County sheriff's deputies spot drug scouts from the air

    Thursday, February 11 2016 11:07 PM EST2016-02-12 04:07:45 GMT

    From the Pinal County Sheriff's Office helicopter, the men running down the mountain look like small stick figures. But without the aid of the chopper and its cameras, there is little hope the deputies and Border Patrol agents on the slope would be able to catch these drug cartel scouts.

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    From the Pinal County Sheriff's Office helicopter, the men running down the mountain look like small stick figures. But without the aid of the chopper and its cameras, there is little hope the deputies and Border Patrol agents on the slope would be able to catch these drug cartel scouts.

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    Drug smugglers using the skies as smuggling routes

    Drug smugglers using the skies as smuggling routes

    Friday, June 26 2015 12:16 AM EDT2015-06-26 04:16:11 GMT
    A licensed drone operator demonstrates a takeoffA licensed drone operator demonstrates a takeoff
    While agents from the U.S. Border Patrol are on the lookout for more airborne smuggling attempts, there is some indication that drug cartels are at least experimenting with even smaller aircraftMore >
    While agents from the U.S. Border Patrol are on the lookout for more airborne smuggling attempts, there is some indication that drug cartels are at least experimenting with even smaller aircraftMore >
  • Car trunks turn deadly for smuggled immigrants during summer heat

    Car trunks turn deadly for smuggled immigrants during summer heat

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 1:17 AM EDT2015-06-23 05:17:42 GMT
    U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued five immigrants from the trunks of cars in one day alone last week.More >
    U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued five immigrants from the trunks of cars in one day alone last week.More >


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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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  • 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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