/ Modified dec 28, 2016 5:30 a.m.

Year-End: Trump's 'Build a Wall' Top Border Story in Arizona

Immigrant rights groups mobilize after election; surge of Central Americans.

Stories from the Border: Covering the Border spot


Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to "build a wall" and conduct mass deportations was the top story in Arizona for 2016 on the topic of immigration and the border.

Trump's rhetoric, repeated in nearly all his seven campaign appearances in the state, sparked heated debates nationally and internationally in 2016.

Arizona shares a 389-mile border with the state of Sonora. Officials from the two states said they would continue to build trade and cultural relationships as the campaign went on.

Human rights groups on both sides of the border started preparing for a Trump administration and his immigration policies and promise to renegotiate NAFTA.

2016 also saw another surge of women and children from what advocates have said are gang-controlled and dangerous areas of Central America, to seek refuge in the United States.

Border Protest
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona