Fronteras Desk News

Mexican President Pledges Support For Yaquis In Sonora
Mexico’s president pledged this week to address several long standing grievances of Yaqui indigenous communities in Sonora. During a visit with tribal leaders in Vicam, Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged the historic abuses endured by the Yaqui people. He also announced the signing of a Justice Plan for Yaquis.
Aug. 7, 2020
Navajo Nation Implements 32-Hour Weekend Lockdowns For August
The Navajo Department of Health is implementing four partial 32-hour weekend curfews for the rest of August. The new partial lockdown will go into effect this weekend. Essential workers and essential businesses are exempt from the curfew and farm work can also continue. But any vendors that farmers may buy supplies from are not exempt so officials say plan ahead.
Aug. 7, 2020
Mexico’s President Inaugurates Controversial Dam In Sonora
During a visit to Sonora, Mexico, on Wednesday, Mexico’s president inaugurated a controversial dam project that’s been in the works for nearly a decade. But as the reservoir fills, many are concerned about its displacement of members of a local indigenous community and the destruction of archaeological sites.
Aug. 6, 2020
Mexican Governors Unite Against Federal Policies
In Mexico, like in the United States, some governors are disagreeing with the federal government’s fiscal and health policies during the pandemic. And they are forming a coalition to fight back.
Aug. 6, 2020
Asylum Seekers, Advocates Protests At Border Wall In Nogales
On Thursday, hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the border wall and tuned into a live video stream to demonstrate their support for the right to seek asylum. During and before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has implemented policies that have effectively halted asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Aug. 6, 2020
What A New $50 Fee Means To Asylum Seekers In The U.S.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services relies on fees to fund its operations. But migrant advocates say new fees for asylum applications and work permits are really an outsize burden on people fleeing persecution.
Aug. 6, 2020
Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Has Now Languished For A Year
Sonora is one of several Mexican states where same-sex couples face additional barriers to wed, despite a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that such laws are unconstitutional.
Aug. 5, 2020
6 Years After Rio Sonora Mining Spill, Contamination Continues
Six years after Mexico’s largest mining company spilled toxic waste into the Sonoran waterways, impacting thousands of people downstream, authorities say the area is still contaminated. And residents say neither the government nor the mining company have followed through with their promises.
Aug. 5, 2020
Sonora Hopes To Improve COVID-19 Outcomes
Sonora hopes to improve its response to the coronavirus pandemic in the state’s indigenous communities. Oxygen meters are being delivered to a number of such places so that residents can determine when they should seek medical care.
Aug. 4, 2020
Pandemic Fuels Social Movement In Border Town
Despite its location at an important crossroads along the U.S.-Mexico border, residents in the Sonoran town of Sonoyta say they’re often overlooked. Now, facing the increasingly deadly consequences of a faltering health system during the coronavirus pandemic, some residents have started a movement for social justice.
Aug. 4, 2020
Using TV And Radio, Mexican Students Will Go Back To School
While the U.S. debates the safety of reopening schools amid a pandemic, the Mexican government has announced that students will start school from home.
Aug. 4, 2020
Mexico Plans Language Institute As A Homage To El Paso Victims
A year ago, a gunman killed 23 people at an El Paso Walmart. Eight Mexican citizens were among the dead, and 8 others were wounded, targeted by ethnicity. The Mexican government plans to create an institute to pay tribute to the victims.
Aug. 4, 2020
Multiple Arrests In Border Patrol Raid On Migrant Aid Camp, Second In A Week
Border Patrol agents arrested more than 30 migrants at a medical aid camp run by humanitarian group No More Deaths Friday. Byrd Camp is located in Arivaca and serves as medical site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the Arizona borderland.
Aug. 3, 2020
Sonora Offers New Funding For The Arts During Pandemic
Officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico are launching a new stimulus program to promote arts and culture during the pandemic. The funds will be distributed through a series of arts contests.
Aug. 2, 2020
Sonora Surpasses 20,000 Coronavirus Cases
Health officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico announced Saturday night that the state has now surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Aug. 2, 2020
Yuma County Tribes Use Messaging, Testing To Beat Back COVID-19 Amid Surge
The coronavirus pandemic poses a devastating threat to smaller tribes. That very real possibility is on minds of tribal and state leadership across the country. The small tribes in Yuma County say with consistent messaging and a prepared health facility they have so far avoided the worst of it.
Aug. 2, 2020
Mexico Captures Cartel Leader El Marro
Mexican federal officials and state security forces in Guanajuato captured one of Mexico’s most-wanted criminals, José Antonio Yépez Ortíz, known as "El Marro."
Aug. 2, 2020
Navajo Nation Casinos Announce Layoffs
Four casinos operated by the Navajo Nation will remain closed through at least Aug. 16. Even though they’ve been closed since March, the casinos had been using cash reserves to pay employees. Now more than 1,000 are facing layoffs and furloughs.
Aug. 1, 2020
Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp
The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital.
Aug. 1, 2020
Why Is The Peso Stronger Despite The Pandemic?
The coronavirus pandemic is bringing with it a severe, historic downfall in the world’s economy. Mexico is no exception, but its currency, the peso, has become stronger.
Jul. 31, 2020