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Proposal Would Block Convicts From Receiving Asylum
The Trump administration is proposing disqualifying people from seeking asylum if they have been convicted of a range of crimes.
Dec. 18, 2019
Groups Sue Trump, AG Over Immigration Courts
A new lawsuit accuses President Trump and his attorney general of using their power over immigration courts to systematically deny people asylum.
Dec. 18, 2019
NAU President Pushes For Stronger Ties With Mexico
Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng was in Mexico this week working to expand opportunities for NAU students in Mexico, as well as open the door for more Mexican students to study in Flagstaff.
Dec. 18, 2019
$400M Arizona Border Wall Contract Under Investigation
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Defense is investigating the contract awarded to North Dakota-based Fisher Sand & Gravel for border wall construction in Arizona.
Dec. 17, 2019
Memo Published By BuzzFeed Includes Complaints About AZ Detention Facilities
A government memo published by the news outlet BuzzFeed lays bare allegations that Immigration and Customs Enforcement systematically gave migrants in detention bad health care, and more than a third of the incidents described in the document took place in Arizona.
Dec. 16, 2019
After Signing Ceremony, Mexican Negotiator Raises USMCA Issues
Another top-ranking Mexican official says the last-minute controversy does not imperil the ultimate ratification of the renegotiated NAFTA deal, known as the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement.
Dec. 16, 2019
New York Times Reporter Chronicles A Season Of Navajo Rezball
Located in a town of fewer than 5,000 residents on the Navajo Nation, Chinle High School has built a loyal following thanks to its Rezball success on the basketball court. The New York Times' Michael Powell chronicles a season with the team in his book, "Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation."
Dec. 16, 2019
Phoenix Suns Treat Mexico City To Its First NBA Overtime
Mexico City experienced its first-ever overtime for an NBA game Saturday. It was also the sixth time that the Suns played there, on what ended up being a tense and tight game against San Antonio.
Diamondbacks Will Play In Mexico City's First Regular-Season MLB Game
Dec. 15, 2019
First Time For The Diamondbacks In Mexico City
For the first time, Mexico City will host a regular-season Major League Baseball game. The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the San Diego Padres at the recently inaugurated Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium on April 18 and 19.
Dec. 13, 2019
U.S. Offers Reward For Mexican Drug Cartel Leader
Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán might be behind bars, but the cartels are still operating. And the U.S. government is now offering a reward to capture the leader of a criminal organization based in Mexico.
Dec. 13, 2019
Feds Say Theyre Getting Closer To Public Charge Rule Rollout
Federal officials say they’re chipping away at legal roadblocks to enforce a rule that would disqualify people from becoming citizens, if they use too many public benefits.
Dec. 13, 2019
Bill Would Let Arizona Dairies Access Foreign Guest Workers
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping immigration bill this week. And if the current version becomes law, it would give Arizona dairy farmers access to foreign guest workers.
Dec. 13, 2019
AMLO Meets With ABC Daycare Victims In Hermosillo
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met Thursday with survivors and the relatives of victims of a tragic 2009 daycare fire in Hermosillo. Another meeting is planned for mid-March, and victims and family members are hoping for more concrete action by then.
Dec. 12, 2019
Concerns Over New Grupo Mexico Tailings Dam In Sonora
A huge, new tailings dam is being built at a mine in Sonora, Mexico, that was responsible for a toxic waste spill in 2014 considered the worst environmental disaster in Mexican mining history. A report out this week says the new dam poses even greater risks to communities downstream.
Dec. 12, 2019
Cross-Border Youth Tennis Program Celebrates Success With Rally In Nogales
A cross-border youth tennis program is hosting a winter celebration in Nogales on Saturday. It will include a free clinic for kids and an exhibition game with the University of Arizona men’s team.
Dec. 12, 2019
Sonoran Searching Group Hopes To Return To Rocky Point
After they say an armed group chased them off the site of mass graves outside of Rocky Point, a group of volunteer searchers says they want to return.
Dec. 12, 2019
DOD Watchdog To Review Border Wall Contractor
The Pentagon’s Inspector General plans to review a $400 million contract awarded to a North Dakota company to design and build a portion of the border wall in Arizona.
Dec. 12, 2019
U.S. Government Loses 2 Border Fence Funding Lawsuits
The Trump administration has lost two major court cases this week that, together, effectively block the U.S. government from using nearly $4 billion in military funds to build a new border fence.
Dec. 12, 2019
Many Migrants Waiting In Mexico Become Victims Of Violent Crime
More than 630 migrants seeking asylum in the United States have been the victims of violent crimes in Mexico after immigration officials sent them there under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols.
Dec. 11, 2019
Window For  Civilian Jobs With Border Patrol Closes
The U.S. government just closed the window for hiring civilians to work with the Border Patrol along the southwest border. The job opened up just last week and closed last Tuesday.
Dec. 10, 2019

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