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United States flag and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security flag
The Department of Homeland Security says it will help local communities working with asylum seekers released from DHS custody to await their immigration proceedings in the U.S.
Mar. 1, 2023
President Joe Biden
Under a new asylum rule proposed by the Biden administration in February, migrants seeking protection in the U.S. can be denied if they don’t first seek protection in a country they pass through. It’s a so-called transit ban and rights activists warn it could worsen a border crisis that began under the Trump administration — family separation.
Feb. 28, 2023
One of the oldest neighborhoods in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo has received national recognition for its history, culture and food.
Feb. 23, 2023
President Joe Biden
The Biden administration has formally announced plans to introduce a new restriction on asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The new rule would require first asking for protection in the countries asylum-seekers pass through on their way to the U.S.
Feb. 23, 2023
Gov. Katie Hobbs in her office in January 2023.
The Arizona business community is reeling from Gov. Katie Hobbs' move to fire en masse the entire board of directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Feb. 22, 2023
Elvia Díaz and Phil Boas
A 73-year-old rancher who lives near the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern Arizona is being charged with murder over the killing of a migrant on his property last month.
Feb. 14, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Arizona Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs talked about the issue of immigration and border security in the state on Sunday morning.
More Arizona politics news
Feb. 12, 2023
U.S. Border Patrol agents with migrants
The number of undocumented migrants attempting to cross the border fell to its lowest level in two years in January – to 156,000 – according to the Department of Homeland Security. And, the number of encounters Border Patrol agents had with migrants was below 130,000.
Feb. 9, 2023
A federal government suit has forced former Gov. Doug Ducey's shipping container border walls to come down. But conservationists say a trail of wildlife concerns and lawsuits are left in its wake.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Feb. 2, 2023
Tucson police car
In a blog post from the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force, a group of law enforcement leaders in various cities around the U.S., Tucson Police Chief Chad Kasmar called for increased funding for border aid groups.
Feb. 1, 2023
Joe Biden
Title 42 is a public health protocol enacted at the onset of the pandemic that restricts asylum at the border. This week the administration announced the public health emergency it's tied to is set to end May 11.
Jan. 31, 2023
Joe Biden
Nearly 80 members of Congress have signed a letter criticizing the Biden administration’s plans to enact new restrictions for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jan. 30, 2023
Elvia Diaz
Gov. Katie Hobbs is continuing a controversial policy started under former Gov. Doug Ducey to bus migrants out of Arizona border communities and *to their final destinations while the immigration process plays out. In fact, she expanded it, adding plane flights for migrants who volunteer.
Jan. 30, 2023
shipping containers
An estimate by the Arizona Republic showed the former governor’s five-month effort to fill gaps in the border wall with shipping containers will cost Arizona taxpayers more than $200 million in the end. But there are also environmental costs that can’t be tallied so easily.
Jan. 30, 2023
Joe Biden
A coalition of 20 GOP-led states have signed onto a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s new parole programs allowing a set amount of people from Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
Jan. 25, 2023
Arizona Border Crossings
In Nogales and other ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, asylum seekers hoping to bypass Title 42 restrictions can now use a Customs and Border Protection app to apply for an appointment with port officers. Activists say results so far are a mixed bag.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Jan. 25, 2023
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
Two United Nations agencies have spoken out against reforms from the Biden administration, saying the expansion of a pandemic-era border policy puts the United States at odds with established asylum protections.
Jan. 13, 2023
Sunset in Rocky Point
Mexico’s environmental ministry has approved a transmission line project from a major solar plant in Sonora to Baja California. It is part of the country’s most ambitious clean-energy plan.
Jan. 13, 2023
Alfonso Durazo
With news that the U.S. is expanding a policy that allows migrants to be expelled into Mexico, Sonoran officials say they are preparing for the possibility of more migrants being sent back to the state.
Jan. 11, 2023
Kyrsten Sinema Yuma border
Politicians, tribal leaders and the head of a local humanitarian group in Arizona's Yuma County called on a politically diverse delegation of senators from around the U.S. to pass immigration reform amid an increase in migrant arrivals that can overwhelm local resources.
Jan. 11, 2023


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