Fronteras Desk News

UN Committee Calls On U.S. To Help Fix Wall Damage
The United Nations UNESCO committee is calling on the Biden administration to work with Mexico to repair damage done to the Sonoran Desert where that country’s border meets with protected Arizona land.
Jul. 23, 2021
Sonora Hits 400 Daily Coronavirus Cases For First Time In 6 Months
Neighboring Sonora, Mexico, reported 400 new coronavirus cases Thursday, the highest daily count in more than six months. Authorities are calling for increased caution, especially among the unvaccinated.
Jul. 22, 2021
Searching Groups Come New Agreement With Officials
Groups dedicated to searching for the missing in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, met with security officials this week to discuss safety measures after a searcher was murdered.
Jul. 22, 2021
Months Of Border Crossing Restrictions Have Been A Boon To Some, Bust For Others
Along with all the other impacts of the global pandemic, Arizona border communities are dealing with ongoing crossing restrictions, renewed again just this week. While some of the consequences have not been as dramatic as feared, those restrictions have spelled profound changes for businesses and border residents.
Jul. 22, 2021
Mexico’s Security Strategy Focuses On 50 Most Violent Municipalities
Mexico has unveiled a new security strategy to address violence in cities with the highest number of murders — including several in neighboring Sonora. That strategy continues to rely heavily on the National Guard.
Jul. 21, 2021
Authorities Work With Yaqui Tribe To Search For 10 Missing People
Local, state and federal officials are working with members of the Yaqui traditional guard to search for 10 people in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, who went missing last week.
Jul. 21, 2021
Veracruz Now 4th Mexican State To Decriminalize Abortion
Lawmakers in a state is southeastern Mexico voted to decriminalize elective abortion this week — making it the fourth state in the country to allow the procedure.
Jul. 21, 2021
U.S. Closes Border Citing Delta Variant; Countries Balk
The U.S. is continuing to keep its borders closed to non-essential travelers from Canada and Mexico for a 16th month citing the surging delta variant.
Jul. 21, 2021
Build Bridges Not Walls: Author On Impact Of Borders
How different would it be if we didn’t have borders between nations and walls were uncommon, rather than on the rise? Todd Miller explores those concepts and others in his book "Build Bridges Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders."
Jul. 21, 2021
Drought Continues To Impact Navajo Nation
The largest Native American reservation in the U.S. is continuing to struggle with drought conditions. The majority of the Navajo Nation is in extreme or exceptional drought.
Jul. 20, 2021
How Native Traditions Survived The Phoenix Indian School
In the 1800s, the government authorized officials to remove Indigenous children from their families and tribes to be “civilized” — assimilated into American culture by stripping them of their tribal identities. The Phoenix Indian School was one of these institutions.
Jul. 20, 2021
Hermosillo Mayor Concedes Defeat, Joins New Governor
The outgoing mayor in the Sonoran capital is finally accepting election results that show she lost the race. But she quickly accepted a new role as part of the in-coming state government.
Jul. 19, 2021
Mexico Plans To Build Huge Solar Plant In Sonora By 2023
Working with state leaders, Mexico plans to build the world’s eighth-largest solar farm in neighboring Sonora that’s expected to be up and running by the end of 2023.
Jul. 19, 2021
Uncertainty Abounds As Some Asylum Seekers Bypass COVID-19 Restrictions At Border
All told, the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales is about 600 meters long. On a slow day, it might take a U.S. citizen half an hour to cross. But for migrants part of the Title 42 exemption program, the process will last hours. And they wait weeks to finally make the trip.
Jul. 19, 2021
Police Identify Suspect In Attack At Tucson House Fire
Officials in Tucson have provided more details about a rampaging gun attack that happened Sunday. A gunman killed one person and wounded four others, including firefighters and paramedics, at the scene of a house fire before being shot by an officer.
Jul. 19, 2021
Nogales Migrants Seek Entry Through Exemption As Pandemic-Era Restrictions Drag On
Title 42 was enacted under Trump during the pandemic. It allows border officers to send migrants back into Mexico on public health grounds. The Biden administration is facing growing pressure from immigrant rights advocates to end the policy completely.
Jul. 18, 2021
Comcaac Community In Sonora Seeks Urgent Help With Water
Members of an Indigenous community in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, say they are experiencing a critical water shortage after weeks without reliable access.
Jul. 16, 2021
7 Months After Her Husband Disappeared, Member Of Sonoran Searching Group Killed
State authorities are investigating the murder of Gladys Aranza Ramos, and have called it a femicide.
Jul. 16, 2021
After Protests, Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Could Soon Be Heard Again
While a committee hearing was a demand of Sonoran LGBT activists, some are frustrated that a vote from the full congress may not come until the next legislature starts in September.
Jul. 16, 2021
Judge Ends DACA Program, Blocking New Applicants
A federal judge ended an Obama-era program that protected young people brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. The ruling halts new approvals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.
Jul. 16, 2021