Our Continuing Border Coverage

If you've been reading the Tucson Weekly with any frequency at all, you know that we've put a lot of time, effort and resources into coverage of immigration and the border. Last week, in our Yum! dining guide, Margaret Regan wrote about Just Coffee, a Mexican co-op that is offering clues on how to boost the Mexican economy--and perhaps slow down immigration.

This week, the Weekly includes two very different--yet both painfully accurate and detailed--stories on the horrible results of illegal immigration. Leo W. Banks follows what we're calling the Amnesty Trail, a popular route for migrants, coyotes and smugglers--and what he finds will blow your mind.

Freelancer Debbie Nathan brings us the sad tale of Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera. He's the young man killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on Jan. 12. Debbie traveled to Dominguez Rivera's hometown of Cuautla and talked to his family, bringing back a few photos that will break your heart.

Seeing as we've covered one story that portrays a migrant in a positive light, and another that details the havoc being wreaked because of the flood of migrants into Arizona, I have no doubt that I'll get a deluge of e-mails and phone calls from people on all sides of the immigration debate. Seeing as people are more likely to write or call when they're upset, I am bracing for lots of crankiness.

But I am ready for it. It's our job to cover all aspects of the debacle that is resulting from our country's current border policy (or the lack thereof)--even if people don't like it.