Fronteras Desk News

Mexican Car Makers Breathe Sigh Of Relief After New Deal
The Trump administration’s new trade deal with Mexico and Canada is designed to encourage car companies to make more of their products in the U.S. After all, in the 20 years since NAFTA, manufacturers have turned to the cheaper labor pool south of the border for more affordable cars and car parts. So is this a clear-cut win for America and a loss for Mexico?
Oct. 3, 2018
Border Agent Facing Trial Denied Venue Change
A federal judge ruled this week that a Border Patrol agent who shot through the border fence and killed a teenager standing in Mexico will face his second felony trial in Tucson.
Oct. 2, 2018
DHS Wasn
A new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s independent watchdog says the agency was not ready to carry out the zero-tolerance policy that led to immigrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Oct. 2, 2018
Student Massacre In Mexico Classified As State Crime 50 Years Later
Every October the second, thousands rally in Mexico City to remember a massacre in 1968. Fifty years later, the Mexican government admits it was a State crime. But some questions remain.
Oct. 1, 2018
New Trade Agreement In The Region Raises The Bar In Mexico
Canada finally agreed to sign a revised free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States. In the next months, the governments from the three countries will have to revise it and, if accepted, ratify it.
Oct. 1, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Won
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case that challenged a uranium mining ban on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Obama administration banned new mining claims on 1 million acres outside the national park.
Oct. 1, 2018
At 11th Hour, Canada Joins New NAFTA Deal
After a frantic weekend of last-minute negotiations, Canada will be a part of a renegotiated NAFTA deal.
Sep. 30, 2018
Former Mexican Governor With Phoenix Ties Sentenced To Prison
A former Mexican governor linked to at least one real estate investment in the Phoenix area has been sentenced to nine years in prison. He was accused of money laundering and criminal association, but some in Mexico say the sentence is not enough.
Sep. 28, 2018
Border Agent Ordered To Pay $8M For Starting Wildfire
A U.S. Border Patrol agent pled guilty in federal court Friday to starting a large fire in southern Arizona in 2017.
Sep. 28, 2018
Cross-Border Inspection Program Spreads Along Border
Mexico and the U.S. are expanding a dual customs checkpoint program that both countries started testing here in Arizona.
Sep. 28, 2018
Arizona, Southwest Key Programs Set Settlement Meeting
An operator of shelters for immigrant kids has fixed one of the problems that caused Arizona to launch a legal effort to revoke the operator’s 13 state licenses.
Sep. 28, 2018
Alabama Firm Wins Contract For Consulate In Nogales
The U.S. State Department has awarded a contract for a new consulate compound in Nogales, Sonora.
Sep. 28, 2018
Border Patrol Agent Accused Of Starting S. Arizona Fire
Agent Dennis Dickey admitted that in spring 2017, he started a fire that scorched 45,000 acres. Residents were evacuated from their homes as the fire roared into the flanks of Southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains.
Sep. 28, 2018
Spending Package Extends VAWA
The U.S. House passed a spending package Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown Oct. 1. That bill, if signed by President Trump, would also extend legislation that funds programs to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for six more months.
Sep. 26, 2018
Eloy Pulls Plug On Part Of ICE Contract
The city of Eloy has ended part of a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allowed the federal agency to run an immigrant detention center in Texas, and the city manager says ICE asked Eloy to pull the plug on the deal.
Sep. 26, 2018
Satellite Monitoring Could Protect Endangered Dolphin
The Mexican government is using a satellite monitoring system that tracks small fishing boats to help protect an endangered dolphin in the Sea of Cortez. The Upper Gulf of California is home to the vaquita marina, or “little sea cow.”
Ban On Mexican Seafood Aims To Protect Endangered Vaquita Porpoise
Sep. 26, 2018
CBP Not Protecting Information Gleaned From Drones
Customs and Border Protection’s drone program was audited recently and found to be lax in protecting the information that the planes gather while patrolling the country’s borders.
Sep. 26, 2018
Sinaloan Grenade Smuggler Sentenced
A Mexican man was sentenced Tuesday for trying to smuggle weapons from Arizona into Mexico.
Sep. 26, 2018
Construction Co. Eyes Future Without Guest Workers
Oct. 1 marks the start of a new year for the federal government. And immigration officials have already been processing requests from business owners who want to hire foreign guest workers through the tiny H-2B visa program. In Part 1 of a Fronteras Desk special report on labor and migration, the story of a Arizona-based drywall company that turned to H-2B labor as the economic recovery began and it’s share of the market grew.
Sep. 26, 2018
Talk On Phoenix-Guadalajara Cultural Exchange Tonight
A Phoenix-based nonprofit will host a public talk Wednesday as part of an annual artist exchange between Latin American artists from Phoenix and the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
Sep. 26, 2018