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The border wall at Ciudad Juárez
At least 39 migrants mainly from Central and South America were killed in a fire at a detention facility just across the border from El Paso, Texas, last week. The tragedy has sparked outrage from many on both sides of the border — including Elvia Díaz, editorial page editor of the Arizona Republic.
Apr. 3, 2023
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A spokesperson declined to give further details, citing an ongoing investigation into the crash by CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the New Mexico State Police.
Mar. 29, 2023
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In a comment first reported by the L.A. Times, a union representing U.S. asylum officers says enforcing a proposed asylum rule would require them to break the law.
Mar. 28, 2023
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Nearly 70 men who had been locked inside an immigration facility in northern Mexico were killed or injured in a fire Monday night. It’s one of the deadliest incidents ever to occur at an immigration detention center in Mexico.
Mar. 28, 2023
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Among other changes, the proposed rule, published on the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security in February, would bar migrants from applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border if they don't do so in another country first.
Mar. 27, 2023
Title 42
Title 42 is an obscure provision of the Public Health Service Act of 1944 and gives federal authorities the power to deny people from entering the U.S. to prevent the spread of disease. In practice, it's allowed border officers to send migrants quickly back to Mexico without giving them a chance to ask for asylum, despite U.S. and international laws that require it.
Mar. 22, 2023
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Mexico’s president is pushing back on an annual report by the U.S. State Department that says Mexican security forces and government agents have carried out serious human rights abuses.
Mar. 22, 2023
Alejandro Mayorkas
During a visit to the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a new DHS initiative that aims to target fentanyl and other drugs being smuggled through ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mar. 22, 2023
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Sonoran officials say seven people were killed in an armed confrontation between criminal groups in the northwestern part of the state.
Mar. 20, 2023
Mexico says it has filed an appeal in a civil lawsuit against U.S. gun manufacturers. The country sees the suit as a way to stop arms trafficking into Mexico.
Mar. 17, 2023
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U.S. officials are urging people traveling to Mexico for spring break to be prepared and use caution. They aren’t, however, telling people to stay away from the country entirely.
Mar. 17, 2023
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Questions have swirled about the Mexican government’s response to the killing of five young men last month by members of the military. Now, human rights officials say they are investigating their deaths as executions.
Mar. 16, 2023
Fentanyl pills
Sonoran security officials say one of its checkpoints seizes more fentanyl than anywhere else in Mexico. The claim comes as the country is pushing back on U.S. lawmakers who want to tackle overdose deaths by using the military against Mexican drug cartels.
Mar. 16, 2023
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patro
In the first years of the Trump administration, the former president’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy sparked outrage as videos of migrant children being forcibly separated from their parents by Customs and Border Protection officials surfaced. Trump officially ended the policy in 2018.
Mar. 14, 2023
Elvia Diaz
Many Mexicans are lamenting the fact that the intense efforts by Mexican authorities to rescue the surviving two Americans in the Matamoros kidnappings are rarely used when Mexican nationals go missing.
Mar. 13, 2023
Mexico’s president gave a forceful rebuke to a proposal by some Republican lawmakers to use the U.S. military to fight drug cartels in Mexico. He sees the idea as a threat to his country’s sovereignty.
Mar. 9, 2023
Rio Sonora
Residents of the Rio Sonora valley are concerned about a major new tailings dam at a mine upstream. In 2014, a spill there caused what is considered the worst environmental disaster in Mexican mining history.
Mar. 9, 2023
Alejandro Mayorkas
A lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s parole programs for certain immigrants is headed to court this summer. The new programs were introduced by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this year.
Mar. 7, 2023
Debbie Lesko
There has been push back on the Biden administration’s plans to implement new restrictions on asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. But an Arizona congresswoman wants to see even more restrictive changes to asylum policy.
Mar. 2, 2023
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Along the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency's creation intensified a crackdown along the U.S.-Mexico border known as Prevention Through Deterrence.
Mar. 1, 2023


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