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Best Of The Border (6/2 - 6/6)

Chester Nez
Courtesy of Judith Avila
Chester Nez (circa 1951)

Jude Joffe-Block

U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended more children crossing the border in the first seven months of this fiscal year than in the entire previous year.

Immigration Rumors May Be Driving More Women, Children To Cross Border

“We are seeing women and children that are being crossed across the border in these desolate areas, like the one we are walking in, and then being abandoned,” said the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector Chief.

The families are coming from Central America, many from Guatemala. What’s curious is some smugglers aren’t bothering to get their clients to their final destination in the U.S. Instead, they are just bringing them across the border so they can be caught by federal agents.

Smokejumpers Create Generations Of Brotherhood

It’s fire season. When a wildfire starts some of the first to put their lives on the line are smokejumpers. These daredevils fall from the sky to work in some of the most rugged and remote spots in the country.

Jeff Davis is a retired smokejumper who survived 22 years in the business.

What Can Law Enforcement Ask You At A Traffic Stop?

Sheriffs in Texas recently testified at state hearings that Department of Public Safety state troopers in border counties are overly aggressive against citizens pulled over for routine traffic stops.

But the allegations are hardly confined to state troopers. So if you're stopped, what questions must you answer?

Courtesy of Judith Avila

Chester Nez (circa 1951)

Last Original Navajo Code Talker Dies

The last original Navajo Code Talker died Wednesday. Chester Nez was one of the 29 men who used their native language to devise an unbreakable code that helped win World War II.

Nez and his fellow code talkers were faced with many cultural challenges at war. The Navajo believe when you encounter a dead body, that person’s spirit stays with you.

“They were all around me,” Nez said. “I actually see them alongside my bed.”

His family performed a ceremony called the “enemy way” to cleanse him.