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Under Biden, Razor Wire On Border Wall Stays
The Biden administration vowed to halt projects along the Mexico border implemented under former President Trump. But a new government contract reviewed by KJZZ News shows one of the Trump administration’s most divisive projects in Arizona is continuing.
Feb. 24, 2021
Auditors Detail Costs Of Ex-President Trumps Border Emergency
When the U.S. military was deployed to the Mexico border during the Trump administration, the Pentagon didn’t evaluate what the mission would cost, both in terms of money and in planning.
Feb. 24, 2021
Interior Secretary Nominee Haaland Faces Tough Questions On First Day Of Confirmation Hearings
Confirmation hearings started Feb. 23 in the U.S. Senate for Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American cabinet secretary.
Feb. 24, 2021
Sonoran Searching Group May Have Found Body Of Leader’s Son
If DNA tests confirm the body's identity, the leader of the Searching Mothers of Sonora says she'll continue with the group's work.
Feb. 23, 2021
How Will Asylum Processing At U.S.-Mexico Border Change?
A recent order by President Biden gives license to reimagine asylum at the southwest border. A union of federal workers who screen those seeking protection wants the U.S. to follow its own laws. A local legal aid group hopes for a remodel on a system built decades ago.
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Feb. 23, 2021
With Cases Continuing To Fall, No Sonoran Cities At Maximum Risk
The pandemic in neighboring Sonora continues to head in the right direction. As of this week, no Sonoran cities are considered to be at maximum risk for coronavirus spread.
Feb. 22, 2021
Operations Begin At New La-Z-Boy Plant In San Luis Rio Colorado
The furniture company La-Z-Boy has started operations at a plant in neighboring Sonora. The facility is in the border city of San Luis Rio Colorado, a 45-minute drive south of Yuma. Its opening will bring 500 jobs to the city, according to state officials.
Feb. 22, 2021
Energy Commission Approves Preliminary Permit For Water Project
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has signed off on a preliminary permit for a project to create electricity with pumped water in northern Arizona.
Feb. 22, 2021
Mexico President Faces Audit Regarding His Airport Project
One of the signature projects for Mexico’s president since he took office in 2018 was to stop the construction of a new airport in Mexico City, while building a new one. The promise was to cut expenses and clear corruption from the project, but a congressional audit tells a different story.
Feb. 22, 2021
Back To Old Civics Test For Those Hoping To Become U.S. Citizens
People hoping to become a U.S. citizen won’t have to take the elongated civics test crafted during the Trump administration. Unless they want to.
Feb. 22, 2021
Mexico’s Controversial Coronavirus Czar Gets COVID-19
Mexico’s coronavirus czar has become a well-known controversial character in his country. While he heads the strategy to fight the pandemic, he has been criticized for not following the same health protocols he recommends. And this weekend he revealed that he has contracted COVID-19.
Feb. 20, 2021
ICE Office With More Deportations Than Arrests Gets New Guidelines
Agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement have new temporary instructions for how to do their jobs.
Feb. 19, 2021
Citizenship Drive To Help Green-Card Holders, DACA Hopefuls
For 2019, the Homeland Security Department counted roughly 190,000 green-card holders living in Arizona as potentially eligible to naturalize. On Saturday the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association hopes to reduce that number by helping people get ready to apply for citizenship.
Feb. 19, 2021
Field For Sonoran Governorship Takes Shape
As of Friday afternoon, three candidates had officially registered with the state electoral institute. Another leading contender was to do so Saturday.
Feb. 19, 2021
Mexican Governors Pursue Plan To Purchase Vaccines On Their Own
Sonora's governor, who is head of the National Governors Conference, says the effort would have to be coordinated with federal authorities.
Feb. 19, 2021
Mexico: Biden Administration, Social Media Encourage Migrants
Migrations from Central America to the United States continue, despite recent caravans dissolving. The Mexican government says migrants are encouraged by information on social media and their faith in the Biden administration — while using children to facilitate their transit.
Feb. 19, 2021
UA Museum To Receive Funding For Tribal Oral Histories
The University of Arizona will receive funding to help revive the state’s tribal histories that were recorded decades ago.
Feb. 18, 2021
Politician Will Run For Governor Despite Sexual Abuse Accusations
Mexico will hold elections in June for local and state officials. One of the candidates, running for governor of the state of Guerrero, is facing allegations of rape and sexual abuse. But Mexico's president is downplaying the accusations.
Feb. 18, 2021
Mexico’s Vaccination Program Faces Election-Related Controversy
The Biden administration is pushing to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, while making them more accessible for everyone. But in Mexico, the government is being criticized for what many consider a slow process that is also raising privacy concerns.
Feb. 18, 2021
Congressional Democrats Unveil Immigration Reform Bill
Nearly a month after President Biden took office, congressional Democrats have unveiled a sweeping immigration reform bill he asked them to start working on his first day.
Feb. 18, 2021

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