Fronteras Desk News

Former Mexican Governor With Phoenix Ties Sentenced To Prison
A former Mexican governor linked to at least one real estate investment in the Phoenix area has been sentenced to nine years in prison. He was accused of money laundering and criminal association, but some in Mexico say the sentence is not enough.
Sep. 28, 2018
Border Agent Ordered To Pay $8M For Starting Wildfire
A U.S. Border Patrol agent pled guilty in federal court Friday to starting a large fire in southern Arizona in 2017.
Sep. 28, 2018
Cross-Border Inspection Program Spreads Along Border
Mexico and the U.S. are expanding a dual customs checkpoint program that both countries started testing here in Arizona.
Sep. 28, 2018
Arizona, Southwest Key Programs Set Settlement Meeting
An operator of shelters for immigrant kids has fixed one of the problems that caused Arizona to launch a legal effort to revoke the operator’s 13 state licenses.
Sep. 28, 2018
Alabama Firm Wins Contract For Consulate In Nogales
The U.S. State Department has awarded a contract for a new consulate compound in Nogales, Sonora.
Sep. 28, 2018
Border Patrol Agent Accused Of Starting S. Arizona Fire
Agent Dennis Dickey admitted that in spring 2017, he started a fire that scorched 45,000 acres. Residents were evacuated from their homes as the fire roared into the flanks of Southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains.
Sep. 28, 2018
Spending Package Extends VAWA
The U.S. House passed a spending package Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown Oct. 1. That bill, if signed by President Trump, would also extend legislation that funds programs to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for six more months.
Sep. 26, 2018
Eloy Pulls Plug On Part Of ICE Contract
The city of Eloy has ended part of a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allowed the federal agency to run an immigrant detention center in Texas, and the city manager says ICE asked Eloy to pull the plug on the deal.
Sep. 26, 2018
Satellite Monitoring Could Protect Endangered Dolphin
The Mexican government is using a satellite monitoring system that tracks small fishing boats to help protect an endangered dolphin in the Sea of Cortez. The Upper Gulf of California is home to the vaquita marina, or “little sea cow.”
Ban On Mexican Seafood Aims To Protect Endangered Vaquita Porpoise
Sep. 26, 2018
CBP Not Protecting Information Gleaned From Drones
Customs and Border Protection’s drone program was audited recently and found to be lax in protecting the information that the planes gather while patrolling the country’s borders.
Sep. 26, 2018
Sinaloan Grenade Smuggler Sentenced
A Mexican man was sentenced Tuesday for trying to smuggle weapons from Arizona into Mexico.
Sep. 26, 2018
Construction Co. Eyes Future Without Guest Workers
Oct. 1 marks the start of a new year for the federal government. And immigration officials have already been processing requests from business owners who want to hire foreign guest workers through the tiny H-2B visa program. In Part 1 of a Fronteras Desk special report on labor and migration, the story of a Arizona-based drywall company that turned to H-2B labor as the economic recovery began and it’s share of the market grew.
Sep. 26, 2018
Talk On Phoenix-Guadalajara Cultural Exchange Tonight
A Phoenix-based nonprofit will host a public talk Wednesday as part of an annual artist exchange between Latin American artists from Phoenix and the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
Sep. 26, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Documents On Delays In Processing Citizenship Applications
Immigrant rights groups are taking the federal government to court over access to records tied to applications for citizenship.
Sep. 25, 2018
Mexico Releases, Recaptures Suspected Cartel Hitman
A man arrested by Mexican police two weeks ago for his suspected ties to smuggling drugs and an endangered fish was first released, then arrested again — this time on murder charges.
Sep. 24, 2018
Tucson Company Building Border Wall In Texas
A Tucson, Arizona company started work on a border fence replacement project in west Texas for the Homeland Security Department.
Sep. 24, 2018
Feds Give Green Light To Natural Gas Exports To Sonora
A Texas-based partnership has gotten the green light from federal authorities to export natural gas to a planned liquefaction facility in Sonora, Mexico.
Sep. 24, 2018
Incoming Mexican President Visits Sonoran Border Cities
Mexico’s incoming president visited the neighboring state of Sonora this week, stopping for a trip to two border cities to lay out an ambitious agenda. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stood on stage in Nogales, laying out his plans to a cheering crowd of a few thousand people.
Sep. 21, 2018
Bill Would Address National Park Repair Backlog
The Interior Secretary plans to visit the Grand Canyon on Saturday to bring attention to the need to fix national parks. The National Park Service has a $12 billion backlog of maintenance projects.
Sep. 21, 2018
Companies Back Out Of NGS Purchase
Two companies that had planned to take over the west’s largest coal-fired power plant have ended their efforts to acquire it.
Sep. 20, 2018