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New border fence
An anti-immigration group has scored a legal victory in its federal lawsuit arguing the Biden administration violated environmental law when it halted construction of the U.S. southern border wall and sought to undo other immigration policies by former President Donald Trump.
Aug. 17, 2022
Yuma border wall gaps filled with shipping containers
After months of planning, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order to fill gaps in Yuma's portion of the southern border wall with shipping containers. But some have already toppled over.
Aug. 17, 2022
Flooded streets nogales
Three people died in Nogales, Sonora, this weekend as streets flooded amid heavy rains. Flooding has long been an issue in the city, and leaders say they are preparing to fund major infrastructure projects to address the situation.
Aug. 15, 2022
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Cartels unleashed mayhem in four Mexican states last week, burning cars, blocking roads and killing at least a dozen people. But on Monday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador downplayed the significance of the week’s events.
Aug. 15, 2022
border patrol patch
A Mexican national charged with bribing a Border Patrol agent to smuggle people across the U.S.-Mexico border has pleaded guilty. The case is connected to a larger, ongoing one centered on the Border Patrol agent’s actions.
Aug. 15, 2022
Fronteras Desk logo
Mexican officials said Friday that they believe they will finally be able to enter a flooded mine to attempt to rescue 10 miners who have been trapped inside for more than a week.
Aug. 12, 2022
Fronteras Desk logo
A prison riot spilled into the streets of a Mexican border town Thursday, leaving nine dead.
Aug. 12, 2022
border patrol patch
Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott was arrested in August 2020 on drug smuggling and bribery charges. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Tucson granted a request by his lawyer to delay his trial until April of next year.
Aug. 9, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
A federal court has officially vacated its earlier ruling that required the Biden administration to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, the Trump-era program that forced tens of thousands of asylum seekers to await hearings in Mexico.
Aug. 8, 2022
El Jefe the jaguar
A rare northern jaguar last documented in Arizona in 2015 has been spotted on camera in neighboring Sonora. Conservation groups point to the sighting as evidence of continued cross-border connectivity for the species.
Aug. 4, 2022
border patrol agent with asylum seekers
In a letter sent to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus this week, the ACLU of Arizona says Border Patrol agents in Yuma are confiscating and throwing away religious turbans worn by Sikh asylum seekers.
Aug. 2, 2022
u.s. capitol building
Senate Democrats are preparing a more than $700 million health care, climate and tax bill for a floor vote this week. Immigration policy isn’t part of the legislation in its current form. But rights advocates worry that might change during negotiations.
Aug. 2, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court building
Texas led a lawsuit to keep MPP in place after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memo ending the policy last fall. The case made its way to the Supreme Court after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the states and the high court ruled the government had the authority to roll back the program as it planned to do last fall.
Aug. 1, 2022
 Morelos Dam
Federal officials are closing four gaps of an incomplete border wall near the Morelos Dam in Yuma. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the gaps pose a risk of falling and drowning to migrants and its own agents.
Jul. 28, 2022
Concertina wire on the U.S. fence
In the wake of border wall construction during the Trump administration, various sites along the U.S.-Mexico border are in need of environmental restoration. A new report from the nonprofit Wildlands Network details the highest priority areas.
Jul. 28, 2022
Border wall Douglas Arizona
Thousands of children were separated from their parents under zero tolerance, including families who approached a port of entry to ask for asylum. Many took months or years to be reunited.
Jul. 26, 2022
Sonoran Solar
Sonora has become a test site for major solar energy projects in Mexico since the announcement last year that a massive new solar plant would be built near Rocky Point. Now, officials are planning additional facilities in the state.
Jul. 21, 2022
Alfonso Durazo
This week, Sonora’s governor announced a new agreement between northern Mexican states to improve security in the region.
Jul. 21, 2022
Sonoran Solar
After a visit to the United States, Mexico’s president says his country could help provide energy to the U.S. through major investments in new solar farms.
Jul. 14, 2022
AMLO-Biden meeting
Mexico’s president visited the White House this week to meet with President Joe Biden. During the visit, Mexico committed to a major investment in border infrastructure.
Jul. 13, 2022


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