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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
traveler with a suitcase
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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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


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