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Sky Islands Festival
A two-day festival in northern Sonora this weekend will be the first in the state to celebrate the sky islands region of Arizona and Sonora.
Oct. 12, 2022
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A new report published by a digital rights advocacy group says that the current Mexican government has continued to illegally spy on civilians despite promises to end the practice.
Oct. 3, 2022
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The special prosecutor leading an investigation into 43 missing students in southern Mexico has resigned. There are concerns about the implications of his resignation for the future of the case.
Sep. 28, 2022
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A new government watchdog report says migrant children being housed on an Army base in Texas suffered distress and other trauma because officials lacked the resources and training to care for them.
Sep. 27, 2022
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Sunday marked World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The day highlights people around the globe who have left their homes for safety or more opportunity. Migrants at the Arizona border marked the day with an event was organized by the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora.
Sep. 26, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
It’s been a little over four months since a federal judge in Louisiana ruled to keep Title 42 in place. That’s the pandemic-era protocol that restricts asylum at the border. Lawyers in California are still moving forward on a legal challenge to that decision.
Sep. 23, 2022
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A new report from the advocacy group Amnesty International alleges Haitians faced discrimination and abuse while in the U.S. seeking asylum.
Sep. 23, 2022
Gov. Ron DeSantis
A Texas sheriff has opened a criminal investigation into the transport of migrants to Martha's Vineyard. And a group of migrants who were put on the flights are filing a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Sep. 22, 2022
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Kari Lake has a new ally from the East Coast: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. He will join Lake to stump for votes in her campaign against Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs.
Sep. 21, 2022
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Activists held a demonstration outside the White House this week calling for an end to pandemic-era restrictions at the border. The event marked a year since images of Border Patrol agents chasing, grabbing and yelling at Haitian migrants emerged from Del Rio, Texas.
Sep. 20, 2022
tucson's skyline from the Tucson Mountain Park
City leaders in Tucson are asking for donations from the community as a higher than usual number of asylum seekers arrive in need of assistance.
Sep. 19, 2022
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A pair of conservation groups are looking at how wildlife is affected by the 30-foot steel bollard border wall built by the Trump administration.
Sep. 19, 2022
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Mexico’s lower house of Congress has voted to continue using the military to tackle domestic security issues through 2028.
Sep. 15, 2022
Asylum seekers belongings in a dumpster by the border wall in Yuma
Migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border bring backpacks, clothes, supplies, toys, money, religious items and important documents. Last year, Border Patrol agents in the Yuma sector began forcing migrants to throw their belongings in the trash.
Sep. 15, 2022
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A group in Congress is renewing calls to review and end 287(g) — a Department of Homeland Security program that has local law enforcement agencies partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sep. 14, 2022
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A government watchdog report out this month finds that Information Technology systems run by the Department of Homeland Security failed to keep track of migrants during processing at the border in 2021.
Sep. 14, 2022
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A new podcast from the Arizona Republic investigates the life and death of a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed through the southern border wall in 2012.
Sep. 13, 2022
The newly-built border wall
The federal government announced it would be doing remediation construction along several parts of the Arizona borderland earlier this year — things like addressing road erosion, fixing storm gates and filling gaps in the existing wall.
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Sep. 12, 2022
Rio Grande river
When President Joe Biden took office, he called for a 60-day pause on border-wall construction. But the Center for Biological Diversity says the Army Corps of Engineers resumed border wall construction along the Rio Grande River just 10 days into the pause.
Sep. 12, 2022
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Mexico’s National Guard has been used not only as a police force, but to undertake migration control, staff ports and carry out infrastructure projects. Now, with approval from the Senate, the civilian-led law enforcement body will be handed over to the Army.
Sep. 9, 2022


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