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Sonoran Families March To Demand School Reopening
The school year is almost over in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. But parents, teachers and students aren’t letting up on calls for schools to reopen after more than a year of virtual classes.
Jun. 24, 2021
Mexican Authorities Arrest Alleged Mastermind Of 2019 Massacre
Mexican authorities have arrested a man they say was behind an attack that left nine women and children dead on a rural road just south of the U.S. border in 2019.
Jun. 24, 2021
Border Patrol Chief Who Supported Trumps Wall Is Forced Out
The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol was forced out of his job Wednesday, after less than two years in a position that lies in the crosshairs of polarizing political debate. Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned, saying he “will continue working hard to support you over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition.”
Jun. 24, 2021
Sonora Implements Restrictions As COVID-19 Cases Rise
Coronavirus cases have been steadily increasing in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, for more than a month now. Nationwide, numbers also are beginning to tick up.
Jun. 23, 2021
Vice President Harris Visiting Texas Border City Friday
Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that she’ll be visiting a city along the U.S.-Mexico border this week. It’s a first visit for the vice president and comes weeks after she was criticized for visiting Latin American countries where people heavily migrate from rather than seeing firsthand their arrival at the U.S. Southwestern border.
Jun. 23, 2021
Plan To Bring Police To AZ Border Is Welcome But Nebulous
Weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on the country’s other 48 governors to send police officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Since then, Republican governors have stepped in with promises to send police to the Southwest border.
Jun. 23, 2021
Sonoran Authorities ID Body Of Missing Yaqui Activist
A close friend and fellow activist recalled Tomás Rojo as a capable and committed defender of his community’s access to water.
Jun. 22, 2021
Sonora Is More Than Halfway To New Murder Record
Accounting for population, Sonora was the fourth most-violent state in Mexico over the first five months of 2021.
Jun. 22, 2021
Lithium Mining Threatens Hualapai Sacred Sites
A push for more electric vehicles is bumping up against a western Arizona tribe’s sacred sites and land. A mining company is looking to extract lithium on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but that land surrounds Hualapai land on three sides.
Jun. 22, 2021
Haaland Addresses Legacy Of Indigenous Boarding Schools
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is launching a new initiative that will investigate the troubled legacy of federal boarding school policies.
Jun. 22, 2021
Drought Threatens Major Water Source For Hermosillo
The El Novillo Reservoir is currently at less than a quarter of its capacity, and was at nearly 70% this time last year.
Jun. 21, 2021
Sonoran Health Authorities Worry State Could Return To High-Risk
Several of the state's biggest municipalities, including Hermosillo and Cajeme, have already returned to high risk on the state's coronavirus scale.
Jun. 21, 2021
Diné College Taking Part In Federal COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge
The Navajo Nation’s Diné College has joined the White House’s COVID College Challenge that’s part of President Joe Biden’s effort to reach a 70% nationwide vaccination goal by July 4.
Jun. 21, 2021
Boas: Why Flooding Border With Immigration Judges Could Ease Influx
Both Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Gov. Doug Ducey have attached themselves to actions related to solving — or at least improving — the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sinema is focused on the asylum system, while Ducey emphasizes increased law enforcement. Bob Robb of the Republic wrote about the respective ideas.
Jun. 21, 2021
ICE Opening Hotel Space For Asylum Seekers In Yuma
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is opening up hotel space to host asylum-seeking families in the Yuma area. It’s one of a handful of emergency shelters ICE has opened through a federal contract with the nonprofit Family Endeavors.
Jun. 21, 2021
Rural Sonoran Communities Hit By COVID-19 Outbreak
State health authorities are investigating whether a novel coronavirus strain may be at play.
Jun. 18, 2021
After Sinaloa Approves Marriage Equality, Sonora Could Be Next
A federal judge's ruling forced Sinaloa to act, and a similar case is set to be heard in Sonora later this month.
Jun. 18, 2021
How Journalists In Mexico Persevere In The Face Of Danger
In their new book, "Surviving Mexico: Resistance and Resilience among Journalists in the Twenty-first Century," University of Arizona journalism professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly document the challenges of being a journalist in Mexico.
Jun. 18, 2021
Sonoran Governor Faces Challenges To Strengthen AZ Connection
Neighboring Sonora recently elected Alfonso Durazo as its new governor. His predecessor had a very public and positive relationship with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, and it seems Durazo is hoping to continue that. But he’s also going to take office as the state is facing many challenges, like the ongoing pandemic and a seemingly inexorable rise in violence.
Jun. 17, 2021
AMLO Promises To Build Solar Energy Project In Sonora
Mexico’s president says he’s moving forward with plans to build a state-owned solar energy facility in northern Mexico.
Jun. 17, 2021

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