Fronteras Desk News

House GOP members head to AZ; Senate immigration bill fails to advance
he bill released Sunday proposed big changes to border and immigration functions — including a new mechanism to allow border officers to turn away migrants and asylum seekers if the number of arrivals gets too high.
Feb. 7, 2024
Northern Arizona hit with nearly 18 inches of snow in 24 hours, officials warn of avalanches
Coconino County officials are reminding people that the heavy snows now falling in northern Arizona could lead to possible avalanches in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff.
Feb. 7, 2024
What Kari Lake doesnt like about the border deal
Republican Kari Lake is running against Rep. Ruben Gallego for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s seat. If Lake was in the Senate right now, she’d be among the senators opposed to this bipartisan border deal.
Feb. 7, 2024
Conservation group confirms 2 jaguar sightings in southern Arizona mountains
A conservation group with cameras set up along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands say they’ve confirmed new jaguar sightings there — marking the latest in a handful of sightings over the last few years.
Feb. 6, 2024
Asylum officers union says some changes proposed in Senate bill should not move forward
The union says the additional resources proposed in the bill are a welcome change, but curtails on asylum could conflict with international refugee law.
Feb. 6, 2024
Heavy snow expected in northern Arizona this week
Northern Arizona is buckling down as a major storm expected Tuesday threatens to deteriorate highway conditions.
Feb. 6, 2024
Diné jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson performs in Scottsdale
Drawing inspiration from Diné melodies old and new, the Delbert Anderson Quartet brought its jazz, funk and groove-infused selections to Scottsdale on Saturday night.
Feb. 6, 2024
Mayes joins amicus brief in support of DACA program, Dreamers
Attorney General Kris Mayes is among a group of attorneys general who filed an amicus brief in support of DACA recipients and "Dreamers." The document was filed with the appeals court getting ready to hear the latest case against the Obama-era program.
Feb. 5, 2024
Senators release long-awaited border and asylum bill with new shut down authority
U.S. senators, including Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, have released a long-awaited bill that could transform border and immigration functions.
Sinema calls for 'swift justice' for asylum seekers entering the U.S.
Feb. 5, 2024
Indigenous families in 3 Arizona counties can get help repairing homes from $2M grant
A nonprofit that started off providing relief for Native families during the pandemic is now helping Navajo and Hopi families repair their homes. From KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in Flagstaff, Michel Marizco reports.
Feb. 5, 2024
Closing of Drumbeat Indian Arts inspires a new bead shop
One of Indian Country’s longtime destinations for beadwork supplies and accessories in Phoenix has closed after more than five decades on the last Saturday in January, but a former Diné employee has opened up her own bead-driven business to meet the demand from her urban Native community.
Feb. 5, 2024
Sen. Sinema calls for swift justice for asylum seekers
Independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is part of a coalition of lawmakers working on an immigration bill that will change how asylum seekers enter the country. It would end the policy of catching and releasing migrants and establish a new standard for lawful entry.
Feb. 4, 2024
AZ lawmakers OK $8M to bus migrants from border towns
Arizona lawmakers approved $8 million this week to allow the Department of Military and Emergency Affairs to keep busing migrants away from border towns.
Feb. 1, 2024
Ciscomani wants federal charges for illegally transporting migrants
A bill introduced by Arizona Congressman Juan Ciscomani that aims to increase legal penalties for people caught smuggling migrants in their vehicles is moving forward in Washington, D.C.
Jan. 31, 2024
USCIS announces increases on several immigration and work applications
Citizenship and Immigration Services — or USCIS — is raising the cost of some visa application. Unlike other federal agencies, USCIS is funded almost entirely by the fees it charges for various immigration processes.
Jan. 31, 2024
The Navajo Nation is adding routers to its emergency service vehicles
So far, routers from FirstNet have been installed on 300 police, fire and other emergency vehicles to boost cellphone signals when people need help.
Jan. 31, 2024
USGS wants to understand health risks from uranium mining to Havasupai
For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey is considering potential harms to tribes from mining uranium in northern Arizona.
Jan. 30, 2024
Top AZ GOP lawmakers sign letter calling Texas migrant arrivals invasion
Some GOP lawmakers in Arizona are throwing their support behind Texas — where state and federal agencies are engulfed in a legal dispute over concertina wire placed along parts of the international border with Mexico.
Jan. 30, 2024
Goldwater Institute is suing Phoenix over wage rule. It says Tucson is next
The Goldwater Institute has notified officials in Tucson it intends to sue if a prevailing wage ordinance passed by city leaders earlier this month remains in place.
Jan. 30, 2024
Biden: Senate negotiations include new executive authority to shut down border
In a statement released by the White House on Friday, President Joe Biden said the bill being discussed now would include a new presidential authority to "shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed." How that would work in practice is still not clear.
Jan. 29, 2024