New Mexico has a unique culture of tolerance, especially when it comes to immigration. Nearly half of the state's residents identify as Hispanic or Latino, and a strong Hispanic influence has existed for generations, since the Spanish arrived through Mexico.
As the federal government stepped up enforcement of immigration laws in recent years, deportations reached into communities and families across New Mexico.
SAN DIEGO - Border Field State Park occupies some 400 acres in the very southwestern corner of the continental United States. The entrance to the park isn't exactly inviting. There's an empty dirt lot for parking and a gate that's usually closed.
But a project is underway to make the park more welcoming, using trash collected from the adjacent Tijuana River Valley and estuary.
Congress failed come up with an agreement to fund the federal government in time to meet its Tuesday deadline. The impact of a government shutdown will depend on how long it lasts.
Along the southern border, the ports of entry will remain staffed and open. The federal courts will continue criminal and immigration cases, but civil cases will be postponed. Federal law enforcement and the military will also remain on duty.
But hundreds of thousands of federal employees might not get a paycheck.
PHOENIX -- A federal district judge has ruled that one of Maricopa County's most controversial enforcement policies impacting undocumented immigrants must end.
On Friday, Judge Robert Broomfield ruled the county of Sheriff Joe Arpaio must immediately stop its policy of prosecuting unauthorized migrants under the state's human smuggling statute with felonies for conspiring to smuggle themselves.
In 2005, Arizona's state legislature passed a state human smuggling statute that makes it a state felony to transport immigrants in the country illegally for financial gain.
LAS VEGAS - Five years into the recession, Nevada's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. At 9.5 percent it's the highest in the nation.
To make matters worse, a recent software upgrade caused the unemployment office's computer system to be shut down temporarily, delaying payments for weeks. Many states are having the same struggles with outdated and overwhelmed unemployment departments.
New details have emerged about local police involvement in Mexican drug cartel activity on the U.S. side of the border.
A Columbus, N.M., town official testified this week that former Police Chief Angelo Vega was paid $2,000 per month to protect cartel gun and drug smuggling activities.
The Albuquerque Journal reported the cartel also allegedly paid Vega $1,500 a month to use police department and town vehicles. It may not seem like a lot of money, but the paper said this is standard practice for Mexican drug cartels.