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Ireland Pays It Forward To Navajos After An Act Of Kindness By Choctaws In 1830s
A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $3.5 million to help Navajo and Hopi Tribes who have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus. Some of those donations came from as far away as Ireland. That’s because of one act of kindness made more than a century ago.
May. 12, 2020
AZ Trail Association: Border Fence Threatens Trailhead
The Trump administration wants to build a new section of border fence through the Huachuca Mountains in Cochise County. The Arizona Trail Association says that would destroy the trailhead to the legacy hiking path.
May. 12, 2020
Navajo Nation No. 1 In U.S. Coronavirus Infection Rate
If the Navajo Nation were a state, it would have the highest rate of coronavirus cases per capita in the country. There are more than 3,204 cases on the Navajo Nation and more than a hundred people have died.
May. 12, 2020
Asylum Seekers Not Required To Appear For Delayed Hearing
The U.S. has further delayed court hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the "Remain In Mexico" program. But for the next month, migrants won’t have to present themselves at ports of entry for the delayed hearings.
May. 11, 2020
Sonoran Governor Unveils Business Reopening Plan
The governor of Arizona’s southern neighbor Sonora has put forward a plan to allow businesses to slowly reopen. May is also the month that health officials have predicted that cases could peak.
May. 11, 2020
Navajo Woman Overcomes Adversity, Injuries To Earn 3 Degrees
For 15 years, life has thrown Arizona State University grad Jessica Antonio one challenge after another, but she has never taken her eyes off of the finish line. She was injured in two accidents, one of which left her with limited mobility. But this week, the 33-year-old Navajo woman graduated with three degrees in American Indian studies, business administration and nutrition.
May. 11, 2020
Expats Ride Out COVID-19 South Of The Border
With the coronavirus pandemic ramping up around the world, the U.S. government closed the border with Mexico to all nonessential travel in March and told U.S. citizens abroad to come home. Some expats living in neighboring Sonora, Mexico packed up and headed north. But others decided to stay put.
May. 11, 2020
Navajo Nation Now Second In Coronavirus Infection Rate
If the Navajo Nation were a state, it would have the highest rate of coronavirus cases per capita after New York. At least 100 people have died from the virus and 3,122 people have tested positive.
May. 11, 2020
10 Years After Operation Fast And Furious, Mexico Demands Apology From U.S.
A decade ago, a failed U.S. gun-walking sting spanning both sides of the border, called Operation Fast and Furious, ended in death and notoriety. Mexico’s president is bringing back the issue, demanding clarity and even an apology.
May. 8, 2020
‘Practically All’ Of Sonora Now In Phase 3 Of Coronavirus Epidemic
The state capital Hermosillo also appears to be on track to overtake San Luis Rio Colorado as the city with the most confirmed cases.
May. 8, 2020
Groups Ask DHS For More Coronavirus Protections For ICE Detainees
Immigrant rights groups have appealed to federal oversight agencies to make U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement do more to protect detainees from the coronavirus. The move came on the heels of the agency reporting the first in-custody death due to COVID-19.
May. 8, 2020
Navajo Nation Receives $600M; Leaders Say More Is Needed
The Navajo Nation on Wednesday received more than $600 million from the federal coronavirus relief package. Now they have to figure out how to spend it before the end of the year.
May. 8, 2020
Nogales, Sonora, Installs Sanitation Tunnels At The Border
Travelers crossing the border south into Nogales, Sonora, could be required to walk through an inflatable "sanitation tunnel.” It’s part of the city’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
May. 7, 2020
With Trumps Blessing, México Buys Ventilators From The U.S.
Like in many parts of the U.S., one of the main concerns in Mexico facing the coronavirus pandemic is having enough ventilators for patients. But the Mexican government just closed a deal to get the equipment from the U.S. while facing a domestic controversy.
May. 7, 2020
Senators Seek Suspension Of New Guest-Worker Visas
A group of Republican Senators is pushing President Trump to expand his April proclamation to pause certain immigration. The Senators want a suspension of all new guest-worker visas, and they’re using the same reasoning Trump gave for the initial order.
May. 7, 2020
Push To Reopen Sonora Factories Raises Concerns
The coronavirus outbreak in Sonora has shuttered many of the state’s numerous export manufacturing plants. The industry is pushing for a gradual reopening, warning of grave economic consequences if that doesn’t happen soon. But state health officials have pushed back, saying that the hardest weeks of the pandemic are at hand.
May. 7, 2020
COVID-19 Migration Policy Changes Leave Asylum Seekers In Limbo
Since March, the Trump administration has closed the U.S.-Mexico border to nonessential travel, implemented health protocols to swiftly deport migrants at the border and delayed court hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico. The Show explored what these policies mean for asylum seekers waiting at the border.
May. 7, 2020
DACA Supporters Hold Car Rally, Await SCOTUS Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court could rule any day on the future of an Obama-era program that shields certain undocumented people from deportation and lets them work. Arizona groups backing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals organized a car rally on Central Avenue near the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to send their message to the court.
May. 6, 2020
Mexican Consulates Prepare As Lockdowns End In Parts Of The U.S.
The Mexican government reports that 250 of its nationals in the U.S. have the coronavirus. Mexico’s diplomatic wing is putting together a strategy to attend to its citizens in the U.S. as the pandemic continues and while many states end lockdowns.
May. 6, 2020
COVID-19 Strikes Remittances, Families And Economies In The United States And Mexico
The U.S. is by far the largest source of money sent by migrants to family and friends around the globe, according to the World Bank. India and China are the largest recipients, followed by Mexico, a country that strongly depends on these remittances. How will the coronavirus pandemic hit both sides of the border?
May. 6, 2020

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