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Conflict In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo Reverberates In AZ
Millions of people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1990s. Millions more fled their homes. Now Congolese are the fastest growing refugee population in Arizona, and tension born almost nine thousand miles away is still felt by those who escaped the deadliest conflict since World War II.
Congolese refugee community grows in Arizona
Aug. 12, 2019
Phoenix Company Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim
The website for Upper Crust Bakery said its facility at 37th Avenue and Washington Street provides baked goods for companies like Starbucks, Costco and Kroger’s. The Department of Justice said Upper Crust discriminated against some employees by requiring them to present unnecessary and specific immigration documents to prove their work authorization.
Aug. 9, 2019
McSally Visits Migrant Detention Center In Yuma
Sen. Martha McSally conducted an official visit to Yuma this week. The topic: migrants and asylum seekers. She met with acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and was briefed by officials from the Arizona National Guard on the situation at the border.
Aug. 9, 2019
Mexico Offers Legal Aid To Migrants Held In MS Raids
Mexican officials say they’re offering legal assistance to Mexican citizens detained as part of a broad-sweeping immigration enforcement operation in food processing plants in Mississippi on Wednesday.
Aug. 8, 2019
Deportee Flight Cancellation To Mexico Brings New Challenges To Migrants
The deportee flights from U.S. to Mexico quietly have been put on hold for more than a year. But now, KJZZ confirms the suspension of that deportation process, bringing new challenges to Mexican deported migrants.
Aug. 8, 2019
Mexican Security Officials To Visit Sonora Over Security Concerns
Mexico’s president is sending top security officials to Sonora to address increasing violence in the border state.
Aug. 8, 2019
Prescott Lawsuit Vs. Pharmaceutical Companies Back In AZ Court
The city of Prescott’s lawsuit against companies responsible for manufacturing and distributing prescription opiates is headed back to an Arizona court.
Aug. 8, 2019
Mexico’s Top Immigration Official Reports Overcrowding At Facilities
Mexico’s immigrant detention facilities are crammed with almost 11,000 people, even though their capacity is just below 7,000, the country’s Immigration Commissioner Francisco Garduño said in a presentation at the Interior Ministry this week, the newspaper Reforma reported.
Aug. 8, 2019
Mexican Supreme Court Postpones Ruling On Rio Sonora Disaster Fund
Mexico’s Supreme Court decided Wednesday to hold off on a ruling that could have re-opened a trust fund set up for victims of a major mining spill in Sonora. The decision comes one day after the fifth anniversary of the disaster in the Rio Sonora valley.
Aug. 7, 2019
Mexican Trade Official: Tomato Deal At Hand If 100% Inspections Are Dropped
Jesus Seade, Mexico’s chief trade negotiator, said Tuesday that a new tomato suspension agreement could be “at hand.” But only if the U.S. drops its insistence on inspecting 100% of inbound Mexican tomatoes. Mexican growers say that requirement would be logistically impossible.
Aug. 7, 2019
Deadly Week For Journalists In Mexico
In less than a week, three journalists were killed in Mexico. According to the international nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists. Mexico is only one homicide away from having the deadliest year for journalism in its history.
Aug. 6, 2019
Suspension Deal Avoids Nixing Of Sonoran Pipeline Contract
The pipeline project has been held up since August 2017 due to a legal dispute and opposition from a Sonoran indigenous group.
Aug. 6, 2019
ADL Of Arizona: Hate Groups Recruit Near Colleges
Police say they believe the suspect in the El Paso, Texas, mass shooting posted an online rant against immigrants shortly before killing 22 people. The head of a group that fights hate says Arizona has historically been a flash-point for anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy.
Aug. 6, 2019
Sonoran Congress Takes Up Marriage Equality Measure
For the time being at least, Sonora’s family code defines marriage as the “legitimate union of a man and a woman,” and further states that same-sex marriages are “legally impossible.”
Aug. 5, 2019
Mexico Prepares Legal Actions After El Paso Shootings
At least six Mexican citizens were killed and seven wounded during Saturday’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, by a suspected white supremacist. The Mexican government is preparing a series of legal and diplomatic actions, including a terrorism lawsuit that could be the first of its kind.
Aug. 5, 2019
The Impact Of Mexicos Worst Mining Disaster, 5 Years Later
Five years ago, a copper mine just 25 miles south of the Arizona border spilled millions of gallons of toxic waste into Sonoran rivers. It’s considered the worst mining disaster in modern Mexican history. In the seven Sonora River valley towns downstream from the spill, people are still living with the consequences of the disaster.
Aug. 2, 2019
Text Messages At Heart Of Border Agents Upcoming Trial
Matthew Bowen, a Border Patrol agent accused of running over a Guatemalan migrant in southern Arizona and then lying about it, is slated to go to trial later this month.
Aug. 2, 2019
U.S. Gets Ambassador In Mexico After More Than A Year
The United States will finally have an ambassador in Mexico after more than a year without one. Attorney Christopher Landau was President Donald Trump’s nominee for the embassy in Mexico. He was ratified unanimously by the Senate last Thursday.
Aug. 2, 2019
Phoenix Aid Groups Look To The Fall As Migrant Releases Decline
Arizona aid groups that once struggled to keep pace with the number of migrants dropped off by federal authorities have seen major slowdown. Some groups said they expected a summertime drop in traffic, and advocates now have their eye on the next season when migrants have typically headed north.
Aug. 1, 2019
Mexico Simplifies Its Dialing Codes
If you’ve been one of those telephone users confused with the dialing codes in Mexico, you’re not alone. But the neighboring county will change that on Saturday, as Mexico is finally simplifying its dialing codes.
Aug. 1, 2019

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