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Activists Skeptical Of Upcoming Sale Of Hermosillo Fields For COVID-19 Relief
Activists are protesting the sale of an outdoor sports complex in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo. But the city’s mayor says the funds are needed for coronavirus relief, among other projects.
Apr. 3, 2020
Sonoran Governor Warns Of Thousands Of Cases If Measures Aren’t Respected
In a recent meeting with a number of Sonoran mayors, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said that total cases could exceed 60,000, with over 600 deaths.
Apr. 3, 2020
For Mexican Produce Growers, Pandemic May Mean Short-Term Demand Surge
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business around the world. But demand for fresh produce, much of which comes from Mexico, has surged.
Apr. 3, 2020
Meet Susana Distancia: Mexicos Superhero Vs. COVID-19
In an odd attempt to keep citizens protected from the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government launched an unique campaign on social media. And not the health authorities — not even the president — are leading it, but a superhero.
Apr. 3, 2020
Border Patrol Expelling Migrants To Minimize Virus Exposure
The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona has returned to a deportation policy not seen in the Southwest in nearly 20 years. It’s an operation conducted to stem the coronavirus.
Apr. 2, 2020
Mexican Beer Companies Get Hit By Pandemic Measures
Mexican beers make up almost 70% of the imported beers sold in the U.S. Beer is one of the top exports and sources of income for Mexico. But the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Mexican breweries, which is also hitting consumers.
Apr. 2, 2020
Lacking Water And Electricity, COVID-19 Cases Surge On The Navajo Nation
The number of coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation is multiplying rapidly. As of Thursday, there are 241 people with the virus and eight confirmed deaths. The CDC says Native Americans are some of the most vulnerable to the coronavirus because of economic, geographic, and health conditions.
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Apr. 2, 2020
Florence Project And Others Sue ICE To Release 8 People Vulnerable To COVID-19
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and other groups want a federal judge to order the release of eight people with chronic medical conditions from detention.
Apr. 2, 2020
Sonora Legislators Donate Salaries For Coronavirus Relief
While there are still relatively few cases of coronavirus confirmed in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, compared to Arizona, many fear a serious toll on health and the economic as the outbreak continues. And some state legislators are committing to donate their salaries to help those most affected.
Apr. 2, 2020
AZ Detainees Seek Halt To Immigration Court Hearings During Pandemic
Most of the detained plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to halt in-person immigration court hearings during the coronavirus pandemic are being held in Arizona. They also want the government to create a secure way to talk with lawyers on the outside, or provide protective gear to keep meetings safe.
Apr. 1, 2020
Pima County Calls For Medical Volunteers
Pima County has begun to call for volunteers to be ready when an anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients begins to develop in Arizona. The county has begun building a database of volunteers with specific skills it can call upon to help fight the coronavirus.
Apr. 1, 2020
Arizona Mayors Slam Governors Essential Services List
Arizona mayors are pushing back against what they say is too soft of a stance taken by Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order that went into effect Tuesday evening.
Apr. 1, 2020
ICE: Detainee Held In Arizona Has COVID-19
A 45-year-old Guatemalan held at the La Palma Correctional Center has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Apr. 1, 2020
Federal Government Closes Grand Canyon National Park
The federal government announced Wednesday the immediate closure of Grand Canyon National Park to keep visitors and workers safe from COVID-19. On March 18, more than two weeks after the first case was reported in the U.S., Interior Secretary David Bernhardt encouraged people to visit national parks and waived all entrance fees.
Apr. 1, 2020
Crossings Plummet At AZ Ports After Pandemic Restrictions
Crossings at Arizona border ports are down sharply since restrictions went into place last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 1, 2020
Sonora Asks Med Students To Join Coronavirus Fight
Sonora, the Mexican state bordering Arizona, is calling for medical students and others to join the pandemic fight. Sonoran Health Secretary Enrique Clausen said the invitation is open for students in their fourth semesters or beyond.
Apr. 1, 2020
‘Remain In Mexico’ Hearings, Visa Interviews Further Delayed
After President Trump acknowledged that the country won’t return to normal by Easter, Homeland Security announced it would further delay hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the “Remain In Mexico” program, and extend closures of visa offices across the country.
Apr. 1, 2020
Immigrant Rights Groups Launch #HopeCantBeQuarantined Campaign
Nearly 40,000 immigrants sit in detention centers across the country, and there is a small but growing number who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus. Rights groups are asking for help reaching out to them. In March, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement banned social visits to further slow the virus’s spread.
Mar. 31, 2020
Mexico Declares State Of Emergency As Pandemic Escalates
In Mexico, the COVID-19 pandemic curve is growing exponentially, with over a thousand cases. As a result, the government is declaring a state of emergency.
Mar. 31, 2020
Women Make Their Place In Growing Industry For Sonoran Agave Spirit Bacanora
Prohibited and produced clandestinely for decades, the Sonoran agave distillate Bacanora is starting to find a place in the international market, alongside better known Mexican spirits like Tequila and Mezcal. And as the market grows, women are carving out their own niche in the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Mar. 31, 2020

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