‘Should I be planning for the worst?’: Uncertainty looms as DREAMers fight for justice (ThinkProgress)

Maria Socorro Leon Pena, a 20-year-old 'Dreamer' from Mexico, grew up in the shadows until the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowed her to work and support her undocumented family in Arizona. When the Trump administration called for the end of DACA in 2017, Pena journeyed across the United States to tell her story to Congress.

Mexicans work to reclaim corn as their own (Southwest Borderlands Initiative/Howard G Buffett Foundation) 

As tensions between U.S. and Mexico escalate and NAFTA, the trade deal that tethers the two countrys' economies together, politicians and small farmers in the rural central Mexico see the shift as an opportunity to reclaim the lives NAFTA took away from them. | SPJ Mark of Excellence Finalist, Arizona Press Club Award: Community Immigration Reporting & Statewide Immigration Reporting

Passage Prevented: Trump’s border wall threatens delicate wildlife habitat (Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting)

President Trump's long-touted campaign promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would ravage one of the the biodiverse regions of North America and cut off the migration patterns of dwindling and endangered species in both countries. | Featured by HuffPost

Borderland crisis: Arizona border checkpoints put more migrants in danger (USA Today/The Arizona Republic)

Thousands of migrants attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border every year seeking work and better lives. With heightened enforcement, those migrants are pushed out into the most dangerous and remote reaches of the Arizona desert where many are left to die.

Trump picks top Koch recipient for secretary of stat (OpenSecrets.org)

Before Mike Pompeo was Secretary of State for the Trump administration, the political career of the once-dubbed "Congressman from Koch" was paved by Koch Brothers' money. | Cited by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on the Senate floor at Pompeo’s confirmation hearing and printed in its entirety on the Congressional Record.

Flake, witnesses recall ‘indiscriminate firing’ at lawmakers in attack (Arizona PBS/Cronkite News) 

Republican congressman were practicing for their annual charity baseball game when “indiscriminate firing” rang out from a gunman targeting the politicians. | 2nd Place Hearst Journalism Award for Breaking News, interviewed about reporting by BBC World Service. I was one of the first reporters on the scene when shots were fired.

Low transparency, low regulation online political ads skyrocket (OpenSecrets.org; TruthOut) 

Political advertisers can harness platforms like Facebook to target demographics with precision and little regulation, an issue the came to the forefront in the wake of Cambridge Analytica. Between 2014 and 2018 purchasing of those ads increased 2,539 percent. That number will only climb with little promise of regulation by the FEC.

The Trump Administration Just Rolled Back Rights for Transgender Prisoners (Refinery29)

The Trump administration has rolled back Obama-era rules that help prevent transgender inmates in federal prisons from violence and sexual abuse. Transgender lawyer Jennifer Levi representing one of these inmates discusses the implications of the move.

Schools serving Navajos hope for bus aid (The Arizona Republic)

School buses act as a lifeline for students on the Navajo Nation to get an education. Many students spend hours on the buses each day while the vehicles that transport them take a regular beating, driving through mountainous areas and long highway stretches. As those rural communities await funding from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, some are learning that they may be out of luck.

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