Astrid Galvan, The Associated Press

  • Government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Yuma, Ariz. (Matt York/AP)
    450 miles of Pentagon-funded border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts

    On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

  • Texas Guardsmen from El Paso's 3rd Battalion 133 Field Artillery Regiment assist at the Del Rio sector's weapons range for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in this May 16, 2018, photo. The troops' efforts cut the workloads of the CBP agents by running the range and lessens the time the range is down. (Sgt. 1st Class Suzanne Ringle/Army)
    This federal law limits what US troops deployed at the border can do

    The more than 5,200 active-duty troops being sent by President Donald Trump to the U.S.-Mexico border will be limited in what they can do under a federal law that restricts the military from engaging in law enforcement on American soil.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks near the U.S.-Mexico international border in Nogales, Ariz., Saturday, March 19, 2016. Sanders said he will fight for immigration reform as he stood near the border fence that divides Arizona and Mexico. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)
    Bernie Sanders visits U.S.-Mexico border, talks immigration reform

    Standing in front of the tall, steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday vowed to keep immigrant families together during a visit to Arizona, which holds its primary next week.

  • With seized drugs and weapons from border-crossing drug smugglers, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, speaks at a news conference after testifying at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Phoenix. R. Gil Kerlikowske, center, commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, listens in during the news conference. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Arizona governor wants to use Guard troops for border security

    The Republican governor said his new plan to target smuggling along the Arizona border will focus on adding staffing, technology, air assets and highway patrol coverage.

  • U.S. Sen. John McCain, center, speaks to the press with fellow Arizona Republicans Rep. Paul Gosar, left and Sen. Jeff Flake, right, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The three Republicans toured four military installations around Arizona on Thursday. McCain said he saw a bright future ahead for southern Arizona military bases in Tucson and Sierra Vista. (AP Photo/Astrid Galván)
    Sens. McCain, Flake tour Arizona military bases

    The two Republican U.S. senators from Arizona visited four military installations in the state on Thursday and offered assurances that the installations will play a key role in national defense in the future.