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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo, people work at a portion of border wall which is under construction in Yuma, Ariz. Illegal border crossings have plummeted as the Trump administration has extended a policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for court hearings in the U.S. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border

Jan. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EST

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Adolfo Cardenas smiles faintly at the memory of traveling with his 14-year-old son from Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border in only nine days, riding buses and paying a smuggler $6,000 to ensure passage through highway checkpoints. Father and son walked about 10 minutes in Arizona's...

The Stewart Detention Center is seen through the front gate, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Lumpkin, Ga. The rural town is about 140 miles southwest of Atlanta and next to the Georgia-Alabama state line. The town’s 1,172 residents are outnumbered by the roughly 1,650 male detainees that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said were being held in the detention center in late November. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

Jan. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EST

LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits -- and stalls. A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he’ll take a break before the...

Black Hawks to start border flights in New Mexico

Jan. 14, 2020 11:03 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters will start flights over a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border including New Mexico and Texas for border enforcement and search and rescue operations, federal border agency officials said. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations...

New Mexico court case against a Texas judge dismissed

Jan. 11, 2020 11:31 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The case against a Texas judge accused of driving under the influence was dismissed by a judge in New Mexico. Deputies from the Sante Fe County Sheriff's Office arrested El Paso Magistrate Judge Ray Gutierrez in October, KRQE-TV reported Friday. Gutierrez allegedly backed into another...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EST

Fort Worth Star-Telegram. December 30, 2019 Fort Worth leaders, resolve to plan better for mass transit in 2020 and beyond Here’s a New Year’s idea for Fort Worth’s elected officials and other leaders: Resolve to make public transportation a top planning priority for 2020 and beyond....

The Gonzalez family of five from Guatemala, who are applying for asylum in the U.S., stand for a family portrait before going to a soup kitchen to eat in Nogales, Mexico, on the U.S. border, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The family was sent by U.S. authorities to Nogales, Mexico on Thursday as part of the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program, and have a court appointment in El Paso on March 23. Lorenzo Gonzalez said the five of them were separated while being processed in the U.S. immigration system, after they turned themselves in to authorities in the sister city Nogales, Arizona. (AP Photo/Luis Enrique Castillo)

Migrants sent back to Mexico stuck and scared

Jan. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EST

NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — Bundled against the cold, dozens of asylum seekers pushed back into Mexico by the United States tried Friday to get their bearings, still unsure of how they would travel some 350 miles to their court dates, subsist for months in this unfamiliar border city or return to their distant...

Asylum seekers load into the back of a Mexican police vehicle as they are returned to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after making claims in the United States, on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The U.S. government says it has started sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings. Authorities are expanding a program known as Remain in Mexico that requires tens of thousands of asylum seekers to await their immigration court hearings in Mexico. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

US starts sending asylum seekers across Arizona border

Jan. 3, 2020 2:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Juarez, Mexico. Authorities are expanding a program known as Remain in Mexico that requires tens of thousands of...

Florida State defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen tackles Alabama State wide receiver Tyrek Allen in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Florida State defeated Alabama State 49-12. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Arizona St, Florida St meet in Sun Bowl without top RBs

Dec. 30, 2019 5:32 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The top running backs for Arizona State and Florida State won't be around for the Sun Bowl. Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards and interim Seminoles coach Odell Haggins can live with those decisions regardless of their effect on Tuesday's game. “Don't forget that these players that...

Arizona State makes another Sun Bowl trip, faces Florida St

Dec. 30, 2019 10:56 AM EST

SUN BOWL: Arizona State (7-5, Pac-12) vs. Florida State (6-6, ACC), in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST. Line: Arizona State by 4. Series record: Florida State leads 3-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE Arizona State is in the Sun Bowl for the third time in six seasons and looking for its first bowl victory since winning...