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GAO Reports Spike In Immigrant Applications Tied To Domestic Violence
The number of foreign nationals seeking to permanently stay in the United States because they were a victim of domestic violence has spiked in recent years, but so has the number of applications flagged by the government as possible fraud.
Oct. 1, 2019
One Of Latin America’s Largest Solar Plants Now Operating In Sonora
Acciona and Tuto Energy’s Puerto Libertad facility is one of the largest solar installations in Latin America. With over 1.2 million panels, the 405-megawatt plant generates enough power for over half a million Mexican homes, according to a company release.
Oct. 1, 2019
Firewood Gathering Ban Lifted In Arizona, New Mexico
A ban on gathering firewood in New Mexico and Arizona has been lifted. The decision stemmed from a case in which environmentalists accused the federal government of failing to track Mexican spotted owls.
Oct. 1, 2019
Unpunished Crime Costs Mexico $21 Billion, Study Says
Unresolved homicides, abductions and forced displacement cost Mexico at least $21 billion, or 0.58% of the country’s gross domestic product, every year, according to an analysis released on Tuesday by researchers from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the Mexico City-based think tank Creatura.
Oct. 1, 2019
Inspector General Finds CBP Broke The Law At California Port
The Homeland Security Department’s own watchdog says Customs and Border Protection broke the law when dealing with asylum-seekers at small port of entry in California that sits between San Diego and Calexico.
Oct. 1, 2019
Nonsoon Brings Record Low Rainfall To Flagstaff
Instead of a monsoon, people in Flagstaff are calling the weather pattern this summer a “nonsoon.” It was the driest on record.
Oct. 1, 2019
Environmentalists Concerned About Dam Proposals Near Grand Canyon
A Phoenix-based company has proposed two dams on the Little Colorado River just a few miles outside Grand Canyon National Park. Environmentalists are worried about ecological and cultural impacts to the area.
Sep. 30, 2019
Trumps Aims To Further Limit Refugee Resettlement
The Trump administration has steadily been shrinking the cap on refugee resettlement in the states.
Sep. 30, 2019
5 Migrant Mothers Sue Over Family Separations
Five migrant families are suing the federal government over what they call the "ongoing trauma" they suffered after being separated by immigration authorities at the Arizona border last year.
Sep. 30, 2019
AZ Chamber Of Commerce: USMCA Will Pass Regardless Of Possible Impeachment
The president a leading Arizona business group expects the U.S. Congress to ratify the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) soon to improve the state’s economy — regardless of a possible impeachment process.
Sep. 30, 2019
In Mexico, 43 Abducted Students One Of Many Missing Persons Cases
Five years after 43 students were kidnapped by police and turned over to organized crime as they were traveling by bus, authorities say they still have more questions than answers. So on Thursday, the anniversary of their disappearance, thousands marched on the Mexico City’s central square.
Sep. 30, 2019
U.S. Ambassador In Mexico Wants To Modernize Border
Christopher Landau, the recently appointed U.S. ambassador in Mexico, met with a community of American expats in Mexico City on Saturday. And he told them he wants to be remembered as the ambassador who modernized the border.
Sep. 29, 2019
Letter From ICE Bosses Says Misinformation Can Lead To Violence
Leaders at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent an open letter to the public this month warning that misinformation from activists and politicians can lead to violence. The letter cites recent incidents in Tacoma, Washington, and San Antonio, Texas, where people opened fire on ICE facilities.
Sep. 27, 2019
Mexico’s President Pushes For Controversial Amnesty Law Project
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is pushing for what he calls an amnesty law to benefit, for instance, some alleged drug traffickers. But his government also is imprisoning them for certain minor offenses.
Sep. 27, 2019
In Mexico, Thousands Commemorate Anniversary Of Disappeared Students
Thousands marched in downtown Mexico City on Thursday to commemorate the disappearance of 43 college students who were traveling by bus in southern Mexico before vanishing. Demonstrators marched onto Mexico City's central square.
Sep. 27, 2019
Trump Administration Proposes Setting Refugee Cap At 18,000
The Trump administration aims to resettle no more than 18,000 refugees throughout the United States in the new fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Sep. 26, 2019
Sonoran Researchers Seek Wildlife-Friendly Highway Crossings
Every year, thousands of animals are crushed trying to cross a highway just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Sonora. It’s a major impediment to jaguars, ocelots and black bears whose survival depends on free movement through borderlands. Some researchers are working to create wildlife crossings that could mitigate the dangers of the road.
Special Report: Protecting The Northern Jaguar
Sep. 26, 2019
Asylum Ban Exception Sought For Some Migrants Waiting At Ports
Immigrant rights groups want a federal judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing the so-called asylum ban on migrants waiting to seek protection at a port of entry. The effort is part of an ongoing class-action lawsuit in California.
Sep. 26, 2019
Heavy Rains Slam Sonoran Beach Destinations
Sonoran beach towns popular with Arizona visitors were slammed by rain over the past couple days. Bahia de Kino, an hour west of Hermosillo, received more than two-and-a-half inches of rain in recent days, bringing major flooding and forcing road closures.
Sep. 26, 2019
Abortion Now Legal In 2 Mexican States
Lawmakers in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion on Wednesday, making it the second state in the country to do so. Lawmakers approved the measure in a 24-10 vote in a crowded chamber where activists in favor and against the legislation shouted and interrupted debate on multiple occasions, according to local media reports.
Sep. 26, 2019

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