Fronteras Desk News

Efforts Underway To Boost Native American Census Response
The self-response rate on the Navajo Nation is reported to be 22%, and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation has a self-response rate of only 17%. The Show spoke with Shadana Sultan, a 2020 census tribal partner specialist, for more about why and what’s being done to increase those figures.
Oct. 12, 2020
Court Rules Against Trump Administration On Border Wall Funds
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Trump administration can’t use military funds to pay for the border wall. The court ruled that just because the country’s military deems the border wall is necessary, that doesn’t mean it is.
Oct. 10, 2020
CBP Officer Charged With Obstruction of Justice, Computer Tampering
An Arizona grand jury has indicted a Customs and Border Protection officer accused of computer tampering in a sexual misconduct case against the officer’s own son.
Oct. 9, 2020
Border Patrol Agents To Be Equipped With Body Cameras
U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southwestern border will soon be equipped with body cameras like those used by local law enforcement.
Oct. 8, 2020
Mexico’s Health Secretary Calls Rio Sonora An ‘Environmental Hell
Last week, communities in the Rio Sonora valley reiterated their demands for government action to address continued contamination caused by a mining spill in 2014. Now, Mexico’s Health Secretary says leaders are preparing a comprehensive strategy to address the issue.
Oct. 8, 2020
Fight Continues Over Mail-In Ballot Deadline For Navajo Voters
Ballots are already being sent out to Arizona voters, but the state is facing a lawsuit over access to voting by mail. Members of the Navajo Nation say they need extra time for their mail-in ballots to be received.
Oct. 8, 2020
Navajo Nation Extends Weekend Curfews Through Oct. 21
The Navajo Nation will continue its 57-hour weekend lockdowns, which started last Friday, through at least Oct. 21. The Navajo Nation saw a spike in COVID-19 cases following a couple of Labor Day weekend parties.
Oct. 8, 2020
Hurricane Delta Hits Mexico Downgrading Its Category
Hurricane Delta was expected to be the strongest one hitting Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula in 15 years. The hurricane has been downgraded but is still expected to hit the U.S. coast.
Oct. 7, 2020
Border Patrol Storms Humanitarian Aid Camp; No Criminal Charges Filed
U.S. Border Patrol agents raided a humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona on Monday evening in an escalating tension between the federal agency and No More Deaths, a nonprofit organization that was created when the U.S. government couldn’t slow the number of migrants deaths along Arizona’s border.
Oct. 6, 2020
Mexican President Faces Protests Against His Administration
Protesters have continued to gather in crowds this year to demonstrate against President Trump, despite the pandemic. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced similar opposition, with protests from feminists, anti-violence groups — and a movement that demands his resignation.
Oct. 6, 2020
Mexicos COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Increase With New Methodology
On Monday, the number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths in Mexico increased significantly. But health officials say that’s the result of a new reporting methodology, not an outbreak of the virus.
Oct. 6, 2020
Former Border Patrol Agent Indicted
A former Border Patrol agent who was accused last summer in a drug trafficking conspiracy in southern Arizona has now been charged in a host of other crimes related to his work securing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Oct. 6, 2020
Questions Raised As Old Sections Of Border Barrier Found In Mexico
Building a wall along the country’s southern border with Mexico was one of President Trump’s signature campaign pledges in 2016. Walls have been built or reinforced along the border, but a new investigation raises questions about what the contractor who’s building that wall is doing with some parts of the barriers that were already there.
Oct. 6, 2020
Every 30 Seconds: Arizona Voters Head To The Polls
Voters in Arizona can start voting in the 2020 elections today. Republicans knocked on doors in Arizona while Democrats pushed for new voters in virtual events. But among Latino voters, pollsters say both parties lagged. In our year long reporting project Every 30 Seconds, we follow first time Latino voters, a critical voting bloc because about every 30 seconds, a Latino becomes eligible to vote in the U.S.
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Oct. 6, 2020
Family Of Massacre Victims Dissatisfied With Mexico’s Investigation
Over the weekend, Mexico’s president visited neighboring Sonora for the 10th time since taking office nearly two years ago. During the visit, he spoke with family members of nine women and children massacred in the state last year. But some family members are not satisfied with Mexico’s investigation.
Oct. 5, 2020
Migrant Caravan Heading To The U.S. Turns Back
Last week, a migrant caravan from Central America departed from Honduras on its way to the U.S. The Mexican president says American politics had to do with it, but the group is already turning back.
Oct. 5, 2020
Hopi Leader: Congress Must Act To Save
Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma said it is “critical” that lawmakers reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, which serves tribes across Arizona and the nation.
Oct. 3, 2020
Mexican Workers In AZ Almost Double Remittances Amid COVID-19
Remittances from Arizona have defied economists' expectations through the COVID-19 pandemic, leaping from $239 million in the spring quarter of 2019 to a little more than $402 million for the same time period this year.
Oct. 2, 2020
Sonora Approves Controversial Digital Violence Law
Legislators in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, passed a law Thursday meant to protect women from sexual violence online. However, feminist groups have criticized the measure, calling it a gag law.
Oct. 2, 2020
Mexico Tightens Migration Rules As Caravan Departs From Honduras
A new migrant caravan from Central America is on its way to the U.S. — the first one since the pandemic. And as the COVID-19 cases are still rising, Mexico is adding new rules to stop the virus and people from the caravan.
Oct. 2, 2020