Fronteras Desk News

Sonoran Mayor Arrested On Passport Fraud Charges
The mayor of a small Sonoran town was arrested last month for allegedly lying to obtain a U.S. passport. He’s from the left-leaning party Morena, which was swept to power nationwide in July on promises of countering corruption.
Jan. 15, 2019
Southwest Key Wants Freeze On AZ Admissions Lifted
Southwest Key Programs has asked state health officials to start inspections of the shelter operator’s Arizona facilities. The move is a key step toward lifting a months-long, statewide freeze on placements of unaccompanied undocumented immigrant children at Southwest Key shelters.
Jan. 15, 2019
 First Cruise Planned From Rocky Point
The governor of neighboring Sonora, Mexico announced Monday that the first cruise ship will set sail from Rocky Point at the end of the year.
Jan. 14, 2019
Sonoran Carne Asada To Be Featured On Netflix
From street corner taquerías to well-known restaurants, some of Sonora’s best carne asada tacos are getting their moment in the limelight as part of a new Netflix show called “The Taco Chronicles.”
Jan. 14, 2019
AZ Federal Workers Brace For No Paychecks As Shutdown Continues
Under normal circumstances, Friday would be payday for many federal employees. But those who have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown won’t be getting a check yet. And for Arizonans — both in rural and in urban areas — that won’t be easy to manage.
Partial Government Shutdown Harming Navajo Nation
Jan. 11, 2019
Sea Shepherd Ship Attacked By Suspected Poachers
An activist ship that patrol’s Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to protect an endangered porpoise was attacked by alleged poachers Wednesday as tensions escalate just south of the border.
Jan. 10, 2019
Legislation Targets Produce Imported From Mexico
Every year billions of pounds of fresh produce cross the border from Mexico into the United States. Now, legislators in Florida are proposing a bill they say would protect U.S. produce growers from unfair Mexican trade practices. But opponents of the legislation say it would be bad for consumers.
Jan. 9, 2019
Mexico To Increase Checkpoints At South Border
While the U.S. federal administration debates on building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, authorities in Mexico are planning to put more checkpoints on its border with Central America to facilitate the documentation of northbound migrants.
Jan. 9, 2019
Amid Fight Over Wall Money, AZ Border Towns Hurting
President Donald Trump and his Democratic rivals remain at a stalemate over funding for a border wall. Tuesday night, they made their case in dueling addresses to the nation. Meanwhile, the government shutdown stretches toward a third week and, this Friday, government workers will miss their first paycheck.
Jan. 9, 2019
Sonora Had 40 Percent Of 2018 Mexican Zika Cases
Sonora had its heaviest year of confirmed Zika virus infections in 2018.
Jan. 8, 2019
Mexican Drivers Still Paying More For Gas
Mexico’s new president has promised to lower gas prices in cities bordering the United States as part of a plan to boost the economy in the border region. But so far prices are still higher south of the border.
Jan. 8, 2019
Shutdown Could Have Big Impact On Food Programs
About 100,000 Native Americans depend on food from the federal government. While the Department of Agriculture program has funding through the end of January, some worry about what’s to come.
Jan. 8, 2019
Navajo Nation LGBTQ Youth Find Unlikely Champions
A quarter of Navajo LGBTQ youth have been kicked out of the house because they are gay. And they are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their white counterparts. That’s according to a Diné Policy Institute study. But in some families on the Navajo Nation, an unlikely champion is coming forward to celebrate them.
A Family's Love Hidden Behind Homophobia In Mexico City
Jan. 8, 2019
Penzone IDs Areas Of Concern In Southwest Key Probe
Heavily blurred videos recently released by the Arizona Department of Health Services appear to show Southwest Key workers pushing a child and dragging another.
Jan. 7, 2019
Shutdown Means Shut In For Some Navajo
The Navajo Nation is struggling to dig itself out of the recent snow storms as only half of the crews are available to plow and grate roads. And those who are working aren’t getting paid thanks to the federal government shutdown.  
Jan. 7, 2019
U.S. Attorney General Wields Vast Power Over Immigration Courts
Immigrant-rights activists celebrated when a federal judge recently threw out the former U.S. attorney general’s decision to deny asylum to victims of certain crimes. But President Donald Trump’s administration could soon again disqualify some people from asylum, thanks to the attorney general’s power to rule on certain immigration cases.
Jan. 7, 2019
National Parks Stay Open, Many Unstaffed
The state of Arizona has just approved funds for another week at the Grand Canyon that will keep the park staffed with emergency and maintenance crews during the federal government shutdown. But other national parks have not been so lucky.
Jan. 4, 2019
Feds Relaunch System For Requesting Foreign Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor has scheduled its internet system for accepting applications for foreign guest workers to be back up and running at noon MST on Monday, after high demand for H-2B visas caused it to crash on Jan. 1.
Jan. 4, 2019
Sonoran Crops Damaged By Cold, Snowy Weather
Produce growers in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are asking authorities to declare a state of emergency as snowfall and extreme cold weather damage thousands of crops throughout the state.
Jan. 4, 2019
Shutdown Blocks AZ Hospitality Industry From E-Verify
Arizona law has for years required employers to verify that someone they want to hire can legally work in the United States. But a federal system business owners use has been shuttered due to the partial government shutdown as the peak season for Arizona’s hospitality industry is just getting started.
Jan. 3, 2019