Fronteras Desk News

Sonoran Governor Pushes For Border Restrictions To Be Lifted
Next week marks 16 months since travel restrictions were first implemented at the U.S.-Mexico border during the first wave of the pandemic. Now, Sonoran officials are calling for those restrictions to be lifted — and soon.
Jul. 14, 2021
Officials Discuss Pilot Program On Reopening Border
But any decision, a Mexican official emphasized, would be the unilateral decision of the United States.
Jul. 13, 2021
Tensions Between Yaqui Community And Mexican Military Rise
At a Monday press conference, tribal member and advisor Guadalupe Flores said that his community is willing to defend itself “until the final consequences.”
Jul. 13, 2021
Environmentalists Map Border Wall Areas For Restoration
A new mapping project shows the areas of Arizona’s borderlands that are in need of restoration after the former Trump administration stripped the region to build a new border wall.
Jul. 13, 2021
What Other States National Guard Troops Can Do At Arizonas Southern Border
In recent weeks, states including Arkansas, Florida and Wisconsin have initiated guard deployments to the southern border. The Department of Defense has been largely silent about these deployments, and immigration rights advocates are concerned about the accountability of these troops.
Jul. 13, 2021
New ICE Policy Limits Detention Of Pregnant Women
Pregnant women were usually exempt from ICE detention under former President Barack Obama. Donald Trump reversed that policy in 2017, and ICE detained more than 2,000 pregnant women the following year — according to a watchdog report.
Jul. 13, 2021
Rains Bring More Stability To Hermosillo’s Water Supply
In late June, the El Novillo Reservoir — the source of a third of Hermosillo's water — was less than a quarter full, a historic low. It now sits at well over a 30% full.
Jul. 12, 2021
AMLO Offers Support To Cuba Government Amid Protests
He also called for the world to respect Cuba's sovereignty, and an end to the decades-long U.S. embargo against the country.
Jul. 12, 2021
Navajo Nation Reopening Its Largest Casino
The Twin Arrows Resort Casino east of Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation’s largest casino, is preparing to reopen for the first time since the pandemic began. The resort will open its doors on Monday for the first time since March 2020.
Jul. 10, 2021
Protesters Symbolically Close Congress In Push For Marriage Equality
A reform measure that would allow Sonoran same-sex couples to marry without additional hurdles has languished in the state congress for nearly two years.
Jul. 9, 2021
Hospital Occupancy Rising As Sonora’s 3rd COVID-19 Wave Continues
But while cases and hospitalizations have been rising, daily confirmed deaths have been relatively flat for several months, and largely in the single digits.
Jul. 9, 2021
Sonora To Host U23 Baseball World Championships This Fall
Neighboring Sonora, Mexico, is set to host the U23 Baseball World Cup this fall despite rising coronavirus cases in the state.
Jul. 9, 2021
After Rescue, Whale Washes Ashore Dead
On Wednesday morning, a 10-meter-long, 5-ton fin whale was discovered on the beach in Rocky Point. Members of the Mexican navy, firefighters, police and local residents returned the huge animal to the sea.
Jul. 9, 2021
2nd Suspect Captured In Murder Of Yaqui Activist
Sonoran authorities say they’ve arrested a second suspect in the murder of Tomás Rojo, a Yaqui activist and leader who went missing in May.
Jul. 9, 2021
Native Tree Nursery Opens In Hermosillo
There is a growing effort in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo to plant more trees and create more green spaces in the city. And many are pushing for those trees to be native species. A new nursery is catering to that effort.
Jul. 8, 2021
Rain Relieves Drought In Some Areas Of Mexico, But Not Sonora
Monsoons have arrived in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. But so far the rain hasn’t been enough to lift the state out of severe drought.
Jul. 8, 2021
Reopening The Border Could Be A Firestorm For Biden
The Biden administration is in the midst of deciding when to reopen the Southern border for nonessential travel, which has been off-limits thanks to the Trump administration’s invoking of Title 42 near the beginning of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.
Jul. 8, 2021
Vaccination Efforts Along U.S.-Mexico Border Continue
Mexico’s effort to inoculate all adult border residents is advancing west to east, most recently with a major campaign in two large Sonoran border communities.
Jul. 8, 2021
Navajo County Democratic Party Ex-Chairman Seeks To Stall New AZ Election Law Changes
The former chairman of the Navajo County Democratic Party is spearheading an effort to get voters to overturn three changes in election laws approved this year by the Republican-controlled legislature in the wake of Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump.
Jul. 7, 2021
How An Indigenous Healing Practice Survived The Pandemic
Almost every week for the past year, a group of about 10 ASU students, most of them Indigenous, have gathered on Zoom to participate in a traditional healing practice adapted for the digital age and for a pandemic that pushed most personal interactions online.
Jul. 7, 2021