Fronteras Desk News

Mexican Congress Puts Pressure On State Congresses Over Same-Sex Marriage
A Sonoran reform measure that would bring state law in line with a 2015 Supreme Court ruling has been stuck in committee for more than six months.
Feb. 13, 2020
Migrant Aid Group Opens New Shelter In Nogales, Sonora
The binational migrant aid and advocacy organization Kino Border Initiative inaugurated a new migrant shelter and aid center in Nogales, Sonora, on Tuesday. The new space will allow the group to provide additional services to migrants at the border.
Feb. 13, 2020
Extremist Incidents Nearly Doubled In AZ Since 2016, 2017
The Anti Defamation League has documented 88 extremist incidents in Arizona over the last couple years. The tally nearly doubled from 2016 and 2017.
Feb. 13, 2020
Could Religious Freedom Be Used in More Legal Cases?
A federal judge earlier this month reversed the convictions of four members of the humanitarian group No More Deaths. The judge decided the volunteers were acting in accordance with their "sincere religious beliefs."
Feb. 12, 2020
Searching Commission Head Hopes To Bring Peace To Families Of Missing
Last fall, the Sonoran Congress approved the creation of a commission to oversee searching for the state’s many missing people. Dr. Jose Luis Gonzalez Olivarria, its new head, is a longtime forensic investigator with the state Attorney’s Office and has years of experience identifying human remains.
Feb. 11, 2020
U.S. Attorney For AZ Holds News Conference On Sanctuary Issues
The nation’s top prosecutor announced plans Monday to crack down on sanctuary policies. On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona called a rare news conference to follow up, even though the state doesn’t have any sanctuary cities.
Feb. 11, 2020
Conservationist Ship Attacked In Vaquita Refuge
The crew of a conservationist ship that patrols Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to protect an endangered porpoise came under fire by suspected poachers over the weekend in a “critical zone” where there have been several sightings of the nearly extinct vaquita marina porpoise.
Feb. 10, 2020
Refugees To Arizona Lawmakers: Welcome The Persecuted
Refugees and their supporters went back to the Arizona Capitol on Monday to urge the state Legislature to pass a resolution welcoming those who escape violence and persecution.
Feb. 10, 2020
Rep. Raul Grijalva: Border Wall Construction Doing Irreparable Damage
News broke late last week that the Trump administration is blasting through a national monument in pursuit of new wall construction. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve and home to sacred burial sites to the Tohono O’odham people.
Feb. 10, 2020
Research: Closing Coal Power Plants Benefits People, Crops
Last year's coal-fired power plant closures include the Navajo Generating Station in northeastern Arizona. New data from the University of California San Diego shows benefits to both human health and agriculture in the areas around those shuttered plants.
Feb. 10, 2020
Judge Weighs Final Approval In Motel 6 Settlement
A federal judge postponed a decision on giving final approval to a multi-million dollar class-action settlement over Motel 6 sharing guest information with immigration authorities.
Feb. 7, 2020
Nogales Is Again King Of Mexican Tomato Imports
Nogales, Arizona, has reclaimed the top spot for Mexican tomato imports. In 2017, it lost the distinction to the port in Hidalgo, Texas, according to federal trade data.
Feb. 7, 2020
Bacanora Gains Protected Status In European Union
A regional liquor produced in neighboring Sonora, Mexico is being recognized in the European Union as a unique regional product. That could increase the spirit’s value on the international market.
Feb. 7, 2020
Motel 6, MALDEF Seek Settlement Approval Friday
A Latino civil rights group and Motel 6 hope to get final approval Friday of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement over sharing guest information with immigration authorities, but the Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants a federal judge to deny the request.
Feb. 6, 2020
Navajo Casino Hosts Job Fair
The Twin Arrows Casino east of Flagstaff is hosting a job fair Friday. The Navajo casino and resort is hiring people for positions in food and beverage, hotel, accounting, security, table games and other areas. Officials with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise say jobs include competitive salaries, health and retirement benefits, plus on-the-job training and health club memberships.
Feb. 6, 2020
Business Leaders, Nonprofits Find Takeaways From Cultural Competence Training
Accusations that a white author stole from Mexican culture to write a novel about immigration led to the publisher canceling a book tour. As the controversy spread a group of local business owners and nonprofit leaders went to cultural competence training at the Arizona Good Business Summit.
Feb. 6, 2020
Women Unite With Blankets To Heal From Violence, Raise Awareness
A group of women from all over the world have found a way to connect and share concerns and experiences with violence: They are sewing a giant blanket. The project, which started in Mexico, will soon visit the United States. Marietta Bernstorff is an artist and activist leading the Patchwork Healing Blanket project.
Feb. 5, 2020
Flagstaff, Tucson Get Funds To Combat Human Trafficking
Transit agencies in Flagstaff and Tucson were among two dozen organizations across the country to receive federal funds to combat human trafficking.
Feb. 5, 2020
Clothing Company Apologizes For Using Navajo Nation Seal Design
Clothing retailer MadHappy has removed its Aspen, Colorado, sweatshirt from its store after more than a dozen Navajos claimed the design copied the Navajo Nation seal. The sweatshirt features four colored mountains and two flowers at the bottom. The Nation’s director of economic development emailed the company last week citing copyright infringement.
Feb. 5, 2020
Federal Judge Throws Out No More Deaths Convictions
A federal judge in Tucson has thrown out the misdemeanor convictions of four volunteers for the humanitarian group No More Deaths, but the government can appeal the decision. The case grew from a 2017 trip onto the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in western Arizona. The volunteers left food and water for migrants. They were convicted of misdemeanors in 2019, given fines and probation.
Feb. 4, 2020