In a two-part series for the Phoenix New Times, FIJ grant recipient Beau Hodai details how Howard Graham Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has exerted influence over the sheriff’s office in Cochise County, Arizona. The county shares 83 miles of international border with Mexico and is the locale of two border ranches owned by Howard Buffett. At these ranches, Buffett, his associates and private employees perform their own private border enforcement efforts. The project also examines a campaign of chemical border defoliation undertaken by Buffett, as well as Cochise County’s long and dark history as an epicenter of the anti-immigrant movement and border vigilantism.

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