Arizona crews blast national monument hill for border wall

Environmental advocates, elected officials and Tohono O’odham Nation leaders have raised concerns about the project, including the destruction of saguaros, the use of water from an underground aquifer, the potential impact on migrating animals and the destruction of land consider scared by some Native Americans.

Federal judge reverses convictions of 4 Arizona border activists

A federal judge in Tucson has reversed the misdemeanor convictions of four activists, saying members of the humanitarian group No More Deaths were led by “sincere religious beliefs” when placing water and food for migrants in Arizona’s protected Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border wall protest held in Tucson

The 30 ft. steel structure is under construction in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Critics say it is threatening endangered species and will destroy archeological sites, while supporters say it protects against drug smuggling and illegal border crossings.

Activists to protest wall along Arizona-Mexico border

Environmental and other activists say they’ll gather on the U.S.-Mexico border at Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument over the weekend to protest U.S. government plans to build a wall there.