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U.S. provides training for Sonoran agents to combat gun trafficking
Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo this week to provide training meant to help counter cross-border gun trafficking.
Jan. 6, 2022
COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in Sonora, across Mexico
COVID-19 cases are surging in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, and across the country.
Jan. 6, 2022
Young Sonoran composer aspires to write music for films
A 16-year-old from Sonora, Mexico, is writing music that’s being played by orchestras around the world, and she’s studying to be the next big name in film composing.
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Jan. 6, 2022
ICE contract with Endeavors is coming to a partial close
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will discontinue the majority of its contract with Endeavors, a faith-based aid group that was providing temporary shelter and processing assistance to migrants and asylum seekers.
Jan. 5, 2022
Officer who shot and killed man in wheelchair has been fired
A Tucson police officer who shot and killed a man in a motorized wheelchair last year has been fired. Former Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus first moved to fire Officer Ryan Remington days after the incident, saying his use of deadly force violated the department’s policies.
Jan. 5, 2022
Searching mothers ask cartels to allow their search for disappeared
A group Sonora that searches for people who have gone missing published a video this week asking cartel leaders to assure the safety of those looking for the disappeared.
Jan. 5, 2022
Asylum applications in Mexico hit historic highs in 2021
The number of people applying for refuge in Mexico last year reached a historic high. But the country admits its refugee agency is struggling to keep up with the increasing number of asylum applications.
Jan. 5, 2022
U.S. agrees to plea deal in international cactus smuggling ring
Federal prosecutors have agreed to a plea deal with a defendant charged in an international cactus trafficking scheme in northern Arizona.
Jan. 5, 2022
Biden administration resubmits ICE director nomination
The Biden administration’s pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement will face another Senate hearing after his initial nomination stalled and expired in the Senate.
Jan. 4, 2022
Arizona Trails southernmost point is open again
The Arizona Trail runs from the U.S.-Mexico border into Utah. But its southernmost point has been closed thanks to the Trump administration’s border wall construction. After more than a year of closures, it’s opened to hikers again on Dec. 31, 2021.
Jan. 4, 2022
Flagstaff snow play leads to headaches, tickets, towing
Flagstaff and its surrounding hills make fantastic venues for playing in the snow, particularly over long weekends. But it’s also causing headaches in local neighborhoods.
Jan. 4, 2022
Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers wants to use $700 million in state funds for a border wall
State Sen. Wendy Rogers wants to appropriate $700 million in state funds to pay for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. She didn’t respond to questions about where construction would take place or how the cost could be justified.
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Jan. 3, 2022
Record number of migrants died along border in 2021
A December count by the International Organization for Migration found at least 650 people died crossing the border in 2021, marking the deadliest year since it began recording in 2014.
Jan. 3, 2022
Relief funds approved for Navajo Nation tribe members
The Navajo Nation’s tribal council has voted to send $2,000 checks to each qualified adult and $600 for each child using $557 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.
Dec. 31, 2021
Aid group seeks assistance for Haitian asylum seekers
As hundreds of asylum seekers from Haiti continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, aid groups say they're running out of resources to help.
Dec. 30, 2021
In-person classes back at UNISON for first time amid the pandemic
Sonora’s largest public university is set to restart in-person classes this month. It’s the first time students will be allowed back in the classroom since the start of the pandemic.
Dec. 30, 2021
Sonora governor promises to make agave spirit bacanora core part of state economy
Sonora’s governor says he will push to make the state’s agave distillate a major part of the state’s economy. Many hope the spirit’s popularity will grow to rival other Mexican distillates.
Dec. 30, 2021
Administration asks Supreme Court to end Remain in Mexico policy
The Biden administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for permission to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as MPP, the Trump-era policy that forces asylum seekers to await U.S. immigration hearings in Mexico.
Dec. 30, 2021
Navajo Nation president talks testing, masking, vaccination efforts
The Navajo Nation last year was among the hardest-hit communities by the pandemic. But since then, the situation has improved. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says at least part of that is due to keeping the guidelines consistent, including a mask mandate and social distancing requirements.
Dec. 30, 2021
Cruise ship with COVID-19 outbreak docks in Guaymas
A cruise ship with an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak among the crew and passengers docked in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, this week.
Dec. 29, 2021