Fronteras Desk News

La Mora Massacre Underscores Mexico Violence Spike
The murders of three mothers and six young children in Sonora earlier this month shocked people on both sides of the border. 2018 saw record levels of violence in Mexico, but its homicide rate two years earlier was pretty much in the middle of those countries in the Americas.
Nov. 26, 2019
After La Mora Massacre, Mexico Says Terrorism Designation Not Needed
Nine people, six of them children, were killed in the attack, carried out by suspected drug cartel members.It's those groups that some victims' family members would like to see designated terrorist organizations.
Nov. 26, 2019
Conflict Of Interests In Mexico May Affect Human Rights
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, an autonomous institution that monitors the government, has a new leader. Controversy, however, surrounds the selection.
Nov. 26, 2019
Few Gun Smugglers Actually Get Caught Along Border
The Arizona Daily Star analyzed 32 federal weapons-smuggling cases and found only a handful of people were actually caught smuggling guns and ammunition into Mexico.
Nov. 26, 2019
Months After Introduction, Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Still Stuck in Committee
Since a 2015 Mexican Supreme Court decision, same-sex couples in Sonora have been able to wed, but only after getting federal court orders.
Nov. 25, 2019
Mark Of The Conquistador: Debate Swirls Around A Violent Legacy
On Nov. 8, 1519, the Aztec emperor Moctezuma and Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés met for the first time. The meeting resulted not only in the eventual European colonization of the continental Americas, but also in a prevailing debate about the wounds left by the encounter. Hear part three of the series "The Mark of the Conquistador."
Nov. 25, 2019
Remain In Mexico Program Expands To Tucson Sector
The Migration Protection Protocols — also known as the "Remain in Mexico" program — will be strengthened in the Tucson Sector, as well as the Del Rio sector in Texas. That’s according to a statement from Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Nov. 22, 2019
International Trade Commission Rules Mexican Tomatoes Threaten U.S. Growers
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that imported Mexican tomatoes threaten domestic producers. That decision comes after the U.S. Department of Commerce determined in October that those tomatoes are being — or are likely to be — sold at an unfairly low price, or dumped on the U.S. market.
Nov. 22, 2019
Flagstaff Expands Emergency Shelter
In Flagstaff, more than 150 people are without a roof over their heads on any given winter night. Five years ago, eight people froze to death in Flagstaff. So Flagstaff has expanded its shelter.
Nov. 21, 2019
Refugee Resettlement Groups Sue President Trump
Three faith-based groups that resettle refugees want a federal judge to block President Donald Trump from requiring local government approval to keep taking people in, and a new lawsuit by the groups alleges that a recent executive order by Trump is illegal.
Nov. 21, 2019
Border Patrol Agent In Attack On Migrant Gets Probation
A former Border Patrol agent who rammed a Guatemalan immigrant with his truck and then lied about it was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation. The case against Matthew Bowen was detailed from the beginning. Prosecutors found he had boasted in text messages that he’d run into a "tonk," a Border Patrol agent slur for immigrants.
Nov. 20, 2019
AZ Border Aid Worker Found Not Guilty In Second Case
Nearly two years after he was arrested by federal agents in the Arizona desert, Scott Warren was again found not guilty by a jury. The response this time was decisive. The jury voted unanimously in Warren’s favor.
Nov. 20, 2019
Walmart Faces Lawsuit From Mexican Citizens After The El Paso Shooting
The shooting in August inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, left eight Mexican citizens dead and eight others wounded. The supermarket chain is now facing a lawsuit. Ten Mexican citizens are filing a lawsuit, blaming Walmart Inc. for not taking enough measures to protect its customers.
Nov. 20, 2019
Anti-immigration Group Asks To Dismiss Harassment Case
An Arizona anti-immigrant group has asked a U.S. District Court judge to throw out a harassment case against them. Patriot Movement AZ is the larger of two groups accused of harassing churches and volunteers who take in immigrants dropped off by ICE officials.
Nov. 20, 2019
AMLO: La Mora Massacre Investigation Receiving ‘Special Attention’
It’s been more than two weeks since nine women and children — all dual U.S. and Mexican citizens - were murdered in rural Sonora by suspected drug cartel members. During a press conference Tuesday morning, Mexico’s president said the investigation is moving forward, but wouldn’t provide details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
Nov. 19, 2019
USDA Implementing Restrictions To Control Tomato Virus Threat
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is putting new restrictions on tomato and pepper imports to prevent a plant virus from spreading to the United States. That includes additional inspections of tomatoes and peppers crossing through Arizona’s southern border from Mexico.
Nov. 18, 2019
After Deadly San Luis Attack, Authorities Recover Grenade Launcher, Other Arms
Two men were killed at the scene, and a third died at a local hospital. Another person was wounded. Witnesses told authorities that the attack was carried out by masked gunmen who arrived in a dark sedan.
Nov. 18, 2019
Report: Native Americans Have Most Trouble Accessing Water
For many of us turning on the tap or flushing the toilet is something we take for granted. But a report released Monday showed more than 2 million Americans live without these conveniences. And Native Americans are more likely to have trouble accessing water than any other group.
Nov. 15, 2019
Korean Company Takes Interest In Sonoran Solar Projects
The two Sonoran projects, along with one other in Mexico, have a combined peak capacity of 370 megawatts.
Nov. 15, 2019
CBP: Border Agent Shot Russian Migrant Near Lukeville
An Arizona Border Patrol agent shot and injured a Russian migrant during a physical altercation near Lukeville on Thursday, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release Friday.
Nov. 15, 2019

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