Fronteras Desk News

Scientists call for global guidelines governing DNA research on human remains
The rapid growth of DNA research on human remains raises many ethical concerns, but not all guidelines apply equally well in every setting. Now, more than 60 experts from 31 countries have published five rules they hope will work anywhere in the world.
Oct. 26, 2021
Mayor says Yuma is taking the brunt of the migrant surge
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data Oct. 22 indicating a massive surge in apprehensions of migrant people illegally crossing the southern border; 1.7 million individual apprehensions were made in the last fiscal year — the largest number in over 20 years.
Oct. 26, 2021
AMLO says lithium will remain under Mexico’s control
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador clarified that concessions already granted to private mining companies would be respected, including those at a major lithium mine being built in Sonora.
Oct. 25, 2021
A report recommended 24 Border Patrol agents be fired. All but 2 kept their jobs
The review says a supervisory agent stationed in Arizona faced getting fired for posting internal video with a migrant falling to their death. Instead, their final discipline was a 30-day suspension, according to the report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Oct. 25, 2021
Sonoran toll booths turned over to federal authorities
Since the summer of 2018, the lengthy protest has spelled millions in revenue losses every month for the federal government.
Oct. 25, 2021
Sonora on track to smash murder record set in 2020
Violence appeared to be down from last year in Hermosillo and Guaymas, home to San Carlos, but significant growth was seen elsewhere.
Oct. 24, 2021
$6.6 million of the Navajo Relief Fund remains unspent
In May 2020, the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to help the tribe respond to the pandemic. The fund has since raised $10.7 million, but the Navajo Nation Council recently found that more than half of that money remains unspent.
Oct. 23, 2021
Communities along Rio Sonora push for greater decision-making power
Federal officials held a meeting with communities affected by a 2014 mining spill in neighboring Sonora, considered the worst in Mexican history. But many want a greater role in the remediation process.
Oct. 22, 2021
Restaurants in Sonora fully open for the first time during the pandemic
Sonora’s food and beverage establishments have been granted permission to reopen to pre-pandemic levels for the first time in more than a year and half. The change comes as both federal and state authorities have said the risk of coronavirus spread is now low.
Oct. 22, 2021
Sonoran same-sex couples can now easily get married
The publication marks the end of a years-long effort to reform the state's family code, which previously defined marriage exclusively as the "legitimate union of a man and a woman."
Oct. 22, 2021
Archaeologists find link between Maya, Olmec cultures
A lack of data has long hindered attempts to link the Olmec and Maya cultures, and to trace the origins of a recurring building pattern that may connect them. New research uses remote sensing to help fill in the blanks.
Oct. 22, 2021
Human rights panel to hear Navajo uranium contamination case
A group representing Navajo communities is presenting its case to an international human rights body, saying U.S. regulators violated the rights of tribal members when they cleared the way for uranium mining in western New Mexico.
Oct. 22, 2021
Reports show dangers, abuse migrants face at the border
A pair of reports released this week detail dangers and abuses migrants face at the U.S.-Mexico border because of U.S. policies and misconduct by border officials.
Oct. 21, 2021
PAHO: U.S. shouldnt stop visitors based on vaccine type
The United States is set to lift travel restrictions at the border next month for fully vaccinated people. But that may not apply to Mexicans who received certain types of shots. But an international public health agency is warning that could be discrimination.
Oct. 21, 2021
93% of people who live in this Sonoran city thinks its unsafe
In new polling out this week in Mexico, insecurity fears in a major Sonoran city were among the highest in the country. The alarm comes as violent crime continues to rise in the region.
Oct. 21, 2021
Mexico’s president promises a fix for proof of vaccination
With the U.S.-Mexico border set to reopen to many fully vaccinated travelers next month, Mexico’s president promised Wednesday to ensure easier access to required vaccination certificates.
Oct. 20, 2021
Mexico’s president wants WHO to authorize Sputnik, CanSino vaccines
Across Mexico, the CanSino and Sputnik vaccines have been widely, though in neighboring Sonora only CanSino has been used. Until the life-saving medicines get that authorization, Mexicans who received them will likely not be able to cross into the United States when restrictions on non-essential travel are lifted on Nov. 8.
Oct. 19, 2021
Chocolate cars could soon have path to legality in Mexico
For a little more than $100, owners of such vehicles will likely soon be able to bring them into compliance with federal authorities.
Oct. 19, 2021
Sonora returns to green on federal COVID-19 risk scale
For the first time in months, neighboring Sonora is now considered "low risk" on the federal coronavirus scale. The transition comes as cases and deaths in Sonora and across Mexico continue to steadily decline.
Oct. 18, 2021
As COVID-19 cases fall, Sonora sees strong jobs growth in September
The more than 13,000 jobs added in Sonora, Mexico, is the largest monthly increase since pandemic restrictions went into effect in March 2020, and one of the largest monthly increases in a quarter century.
Oct. 18, 2021