Fronteras Desk News

How Rural Arizona Towns Are Reacting To The Virus
Across Arizona, small communities are feeling the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and community response. KJZZ checked in with cities and towns outside the Phoenix area to see how they are faring.
Mar. 17, 2020
After First Coronavirus Case, Sonoran Beaches To Close Through Holy Week
Sonoran mayors agree to enforce the measure, along with other aggressive steps like shutting down bars and casinos.
Mar. 17, 2020
Unions, Attorneys Want Immigration Courts Closed
A coalition of immigration lawyers, a judges’ union and a union of trial attorneys for ICE has been calling on the Justice Department to close immigration courts during the coronavirus outbreak.
Mar. 17, 2020
Critics: New Border Fence Divides Jaguar Land
Environmental groups warn that a new segment of border fence the Trump administration is building in Arizona will destroy recovery efforts for the jaguar species that travels between the U.S. and Mexico.
Mar. 17, 2020
Mexico Promotes ‘Healthy Distance’ While President Continues Hugging And Kissing People At Rallies
Compared to the United States, Mexico has far fewer cases of people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And while many Mexicans are concerned with an eventual larger outbreak, the government has used a light hand in dealing with the pandemic.
Mar. 16, 2020
1st Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Sonora; Prevention Measures Enacted
Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, confirmed its first COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, case Monday. The patient is a 72-year-old Hermosillo resident who had recently returned from travel in the United States, including visits to Chicago and Los Angeles. State authorities are monitoring his close contacts to prevent further spread.
Mar. 16, 2020
After Hard Journeys, Asylum Seekers Find Soft Landing At Hermosillo Home
As in the United States, Mexico has seen a meteoric rise in asylum requests from residents of Central America and elsewhere fleeing violence and other challenges. That jump has overwhelmed federal agencies, and those seeking refuge often navigate the complicated process with little support. But in Sonora, there is now at least one place where those asylum seekers can take a deep breath.
Mar. 11, 2020
U.S. Tries Again To Convince Courts For Military Funds For Border Fences
The Trump administration was in court Tuesday fighting a federal court decision that blocked the government from using money intended for the military to instead fund construction of a border fence.
Mar. 10, 2020
Petersen Trial Postponed, Wont Be Ready By Late May
Paul Petersen made a brief appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday morning, and lawyers on both sides agreed they will not be ready by late May to start a trial on charges that the former County Assessor defrauded the state’s Medicaid system.
Mar. 10, 2020
Tucson Book Festival Canceled Over Coronavirus Fears
Tucson has joined a growing number of cities across the country that are canceling major events over coronavirus concerns. The upcoming Tucson Festival of Books was canceled Monday after more than 100 authors pulled out.
Mar. 9, 2020
The Purple Revolution: Women Fight Against Violence And Impunity In Mexico
Sunday was a day for women to be seen, protesting on the streets of cities across Mexico for International Women’s Day. Monday was a day for them to disappear. After massive feminist rallies on March 8, thousands of women across Mexico joined the "A Day Without Women" strike by not working, shopping or even using social media.
Mar. 9, 2020
Mexican Parents Of Children With Cancer Look For International Help
Dozens of families in Mexico have organized to fight for their children’s lives. The kids are battling cancer, but their treatments have been cut off as a result of the Mexican president’s austerity and anti-corruption plans.
Mar. 6, 2020
In Mexico, LeBarón Family Extends Its Fight For Justice
In November, nine women and children from the LeBarón family were murdered in a brutal attack by gunmen on a road in Sonora, Mexico. Family members visited Mexico City Thursday seeking justice for other kinds of victims.
Mar. 5, 2020
Conflict Continues Between Conservationists, Poachers In Sea of Cortez
A ship with conservationists working to remove fishing nets that threaten a small, endangered porpoise was attacked by suspected poachers in a protected area of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez this week. This isn’t the first time tensions have boiled over in the region in recent months.
Mar. 5, 2020
Data: Illegal Immigration Dropping— Long Before Trump Took Office
New data released by the Center for Migration Studies indicate that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States dropped by a little more than 1 million between 2010 and 2018 — a trend that began long before President Donald Trump took office.
Mar. 5, 2020
Feminists Decry Mexico President Airplane Raffle
For more than a year, the Mexican president has been using commercial flights while trying to sell the presidential plane as part of his austerity plan. But since a deal hasn’t been struck, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decided to raffle the plane.
Mar. 4, 2020
Audit: DHS Sub Agencies Missed Chance To Save Money
A new audit by the Inspector General for Homeland Security says agencies within the Department missed at least one chance to save money on tools used to find drugs and explosives.
Mar. 4, 2020
Community, Business Leaders On High Alert In A Post-SB 1070 World
Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican legislative leaders spent nearly two months pushing a controversial ballot measure calling for a statewide vote on so-called sanctuary cities. Then suddenly, just before the measure to ban sanctuary cities in the state constitution was scheduled to be heard in the House, the governor and GOP leaders pulled the plug.
Mar. 3, 2020
Accusations Fly Between Rocky Point Neighborhood, Local Government
Residents of a Rocky Point expatriate neighborhood say the local government is treating them unfairly. But officials say it’s the neighborhood that’s in the wrong.
Mar. 3, 2020
Relative Of Massacred Women and Children Flees Mexico Amid Threats
Last November nine women and children — all dual U.S.-Mexican citizens — were murdered in an ambush by suspected cartel members in Sonora, Mexico. Now, another prominent member of the victims’ community has fled to the United States after allegedly being targeted by cartel members.
Mar. 3, 2020

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