Fronteras Desk News

2nd Trial Against Activist Who Helped Migrants To Begin
The federal government will again make a case against an Arizona border activist accused of harboring immigrants who snuck across the U.S.-Mexico border but who says he was simply helping two men in need.
Nov. 12, 2019
DACA Recipients In D.C. For SCOTUS Hearing
It’s taken a little more than two years for DACA to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. But the questions before the court have little to do with whether nearly 25,000 Arizonans have earned a shot at citizenship.
Promise Arizona: DACA Recipients Have Faced Enough Uncertainty
Nov. 12, 2019
A Comic Book Lifted Spirits During WWII, And Decades Later
On Veterans Day, we remember those who have sacrificed to protect and serve our country. To honor them, here is the story a from Flagstaff about World War II veteran who shined a light during a dark time — and the return of a father's lost comic book.
Arizona Veteran, Now Deployed To The Classroom, Creates Military History Class
Nov. 9, 2019
2 Transgender Detainees Faced Abuse In Detention, Migrant Aid Groups Say
A pair of migrant aid groups say two transgender women held with men at an Arizona detention center have faced abuse and violence at the hands of fellow detainees, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should release all transgender migrants on humanitarian grounds.
Nov. 8, 2019
Petersen Appeals Unpaid Suspension From Assessor Job
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is appealing a four-month, unpaid suspension, but the governing body that put Petersen on ice has to figure out what the review process will be first.
Nov. 8, 2019
After Massacre, Some Unsure Of Future In Sonoran Mormon Town
Family and friends gathered in a small Mormon community in rural Sonora on Thursday to mourn the victims of a massacre that has shocked the world. Hundreds descended on La Mora, some driving from as far as North Dakota to mourn the passing of nine members of the community, six of them children.
'We’re Going To Fight This': Mormon Families Stand Strong After Mexico Attack
Nov. 7, 2019
USDA Continues Avocado Inspections In Mexico After Threat To Inspector
U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors continue to work in avocado fields in Mexico, after one inspector was “directly threatened” there this summer. Mexico supplies most of the avocados imported into the United States.
Nov. 7, 2019
Phoenix Closes Its Business Liaison Offices In Mexico
The city of Phoenix will no longer have offices in Mexico, Arizona’s main trading partner. On Wednesday, the City Council voted to shut down the two business liaison offices in Hermosillo, Sonora, and Mexico City.
Nov. 7, 2019
Tucsons Mayor-Elect Discusses What She Wants To Accomplish
This week, Tucson voters elected Democrat Regina Romero to serve as the city’s next mayor. Her victory over her Independent and Green Party challengers was widely predicted, but Romero’s tenure will now mark several firsts for the second largest city in Arizona. She is the first woman to hold the job, and the first Latina to claim the seat.
Nov. 7, 2019
Mexico Will Work With U.S. After Sonora Mormon Murders
After Monday’s attacks in Sonora, Mexico, where three women and six children from a binational Mormon community were murdered, the Mexican government has promised to reinforce gun trafficking operations, while collaborating with its American counterparts.
Nov. 6, 2019
How Effective Is The U.S. In Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels?
The United States has assisted Mexico on the war on drugs for years, providing training, intelligence and equipment. The question is what more can the U.S. do? How effective have we been in dealing with the cartels?
Nov. 6, 2019
Mormon Families Stand Strong After Mexico Attack
In Mexico, a family member of the nine women and children shot to death in a violent ambush Monday says they won’t be run off by the drug cartels that have made the area around their homes so dangerous and violent.
Nov. 6, 2019
Tucson Voters Reject Sanctuary City Initiative
Tucson voters overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 205 on Tuesday. The initiative would have made Tucson Arizona’s first sanctuary city, adding protections for undocumented immigrants. Opponents said it went too far in restricting police officers, endangering public safety and the city's budget. Proponents said the measure would have sent the message that immigrants are safe and protected.
Regina Romero Will Be Tucson's First Latina Mayor | Dems Sweep City Council
Nov. 5, 2019
Mexico Rejects Trumps Offer To Wage War Against Drug Cartel
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico rejected an offer from President Trump on Tuesday for help waging war on organized crime groups in response to an attack in which 9 U.S. citizens were killed in Arizona’s cross-border state of Sonora.
Nov. 5, 2019
After Brutal Sonoran Attack, Ambassador Promises Binational Fight Vs. Crime
Ambassador Christopher Landau opened his remarks at the Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting in Sonora sharing his condolences with the families of the nine women and children murdered Monday.
Nov. 5, 2019
Family Of 9 Slain Call On U.S., Mexico To Address Violence
In the wake of the killing of nine women and children in Sonora, Mexico Monday, family and community members are calling on both the United States and Mexico to do more to address cartel violence south of the border.
Nov. 5, 2019
Lawyer: Petersen To Appeal Assessors Office Suspension
Next up for the elected official accused of running an illegal adoption ring is a deadline to appeal his unpaid suspension from County Assessor. Before Friday, Paul Petersen will ask for a hearing to reconsider his four-month suspension from a job that pays about $77,000 a year.
Nov. 5, 2019
At Least 9 U.S. Citizens Die In Cartel Attack In Mexico
At least three women and six children, all apparently U.S. citizens, were slaughtered by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico, officials said Tuesday. Six children were found alive, one child had a bullet wound and one child was still missing.
Nov. 5, 2019
Contest Showcases Stories By Arizona-Sonora Border Filmmakers
It’s not uncommon for the U.S.-Mexico border to show up in the news and movies. But people who live on the border don’t always feel represented by those stories. That’s why a new cross-border film contest opened the door for amateur filmmakers to tell their own stories. "Cine En La Frontera" is a first-time short film contest for student and emerging filmmakers from both Arizona and Sonora.
Nov. 5, 2019
Sonoran Authorities Rescue Businessman Kidnapped In Arizona
According to a news release Sunday, the Sonoran Attorney General's Office was contacted by the FBI on Oct. 27 after a businessman was kidnapped in Eloy, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix. The man was identified only as Luis Ramon, a Dominican businessman who lives in New York.
Nov. 4, 2019