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Study Says Economic Impact Of Violence Reaches A Historic High In Mexico
According to a new study, Mexico had one of its most violent years in 2018. The lack of peace had a historic high impact on the country’s economy, costing $268 billion. But the new government has an opportunity to change that.
Apr. 10, 2019
Mexican Officials Stopping Migrants From Heading North
For years, migrants hoping to reach the southern border of the United States have crossed by land from Central America and into Mexico. Fronteras Desk senior field correspondent Jorge Valencia traveled from KJZZ’s Mexico City Bureau to Mexico's southern border this week.
Apr. 10, 2019
A Fatal Cross-Border Shooting Inspires Artist
How one street artist commemorated the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager who was shot by a Border Patrol agent just across the fence in Nogales, Arizona.
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Apr. 10, 2019
Untold Arizona: 50 Years Later, The Memory Of 3 Flooded Sonoran Pueblos Lives On
In the mid-1960s, the waters of a dam in the northern Mexican state of Sonora overwhelmed three small towns. More than half a century later, many are still working to preserve the memory of what happened — and what was lost.
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Apr. 10, 2019
VP Mike Pence Is Visiting Nogales
Vice President Mike Pence returns to Arizona on Thursday, this time to tour the Border Patrol station in Nogales. Pence’s trip was announced Monday, just days after President Donald Trump visited Calexico, California.
Apr. 9, 2019
Pentagon Awards $1 Billion In Border Fence Projects
The Pentagon announced late Tuesday it has awarded about $1 billion for replacement border fence projects along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money was divided between two projects, one in Yuma and a second larger project in New Mexico.
Apr. 9, 2019
With Duties Looming, Nogales Importers Hope For New Tomato Deal
If a new deal isn’t struck by May 7, significant duties could be tacked on to imported Mexican tomatoes. That could spell trouble for Nogales, Arizona, and higher prices for consumers.
Apr. 9, 2019
Sonoran Mayor Gets Prison For Lying On Passport Application
A federal judge in Tucson has sentenced a mayor from Mexico to 15 months in prison for lying on his passport application.
Apr. 9, 2019
Legislation Would Provide Funds For Route 66 Towns
Route 66 was once known as Main Street of America. In its heyday, people drove cross country to “get their kicks,” as the song goes. But that all changed in the 1980s, when Interstate 40 bypassed 66. Dozens of places along the route went from boom towns to ghost towns. A federal grant program has tried to save them, but it’s accepting its last grant applications Friday.
Apr. 9, 2019
Untold Arizona: DouglaPrieta Co-op Empowers Women, Keeps Families Together
Hidden away in a dusty neighborhood just south of the Arizona border, a group of women are creating a sustainable community for themselves at the DouglaPrieta Works cooperative in Agua Prieta, Sonora.
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Apr. 9, 2019
Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Administration Migrant Plan
A federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims for asylum are processed in the U.S.
Apr. 8, 2019
Mexican Feminist Group Expands To The U.S.
The fight in Mexico for equality and justice for women is going beyond borders. A Mexican feminist group is now opening a branch in the United States. Hijas de la MX is a non-partisan women’s rights collective that emerged in February on social media.
Apr. 8, 2019
Border Future Uncertain After DHS Secretary Resigns
President Donald Trump's homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, abruptly resigned Sunday afternoon.
Apr. 8, 2019
Navajo Energy Turns Toward Renewables
Three generations of Navajo and Hopi have worked for the the West’s largest coal-fired power plant. Now that the Navajo Generating Station is closing, the tribe is looking for alternatives — both in jobs, and in energy sources.
Apr. 8, 2019
President Trump Visits U.S.-Mexico Border
President Donald Trump visits the U.S. border on Friday, in part to view an ongoing border fence project near the Arizona and California state line.
Apr. 5, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs Present Trade Show In Nogales
A group of women from northern Mexico participated in entrepreneurship classes hosted by the University of Arizona and U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico. On Saturday, they’ll present their projects at a trade show.
Apr. 4, 2019
Border Closure Threats Deter Business Investments
Officials and business leaders south of the border are concerned that President Donald Trump’s border-closure threats are deterring cross-border investment.
Apr. 4, 2019
Mexican Authorities Look Back At History Against Europe
Last month marked 500 years since the Spaniards arrived to the current territory of Mexico. And, for some Mexican authorities, the anniversary is an opportunity to condemn the violence of the “conquistadores”, and get rid of anything that honors them. But not everyone agrees.
Apr. 4, 2019
Coyotas — The Pastry That Crosses Borders
Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, is known for its world-class beef, big flour tortillas and its remix of the American hot dog. Just as well known in Sonora — but not as well known outside of it — is the coyota, a flat, flaky pastry stuffed with sweet filling.
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Apr. 4, 2019
First Sunday Without Commercial Inspections Comes Amid Peak Nogales Import Season
Last week’s announcement that there will be no Sunday commercial port inspections in Nogales comes amid the peak of the produce import season.
Apr. 3, 2019

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