Fronteras Desk News

Court Ruling Mandating Sunset Of ICE Hotel Program For Migrant Children Goes Into Effect
A federal court order mandating an end to the Trump administration's practice of holding migrant children in hotels goes into effect this week.
Sep. 9, 2020
Feminist Group Takes Mexico Citys Human Rights Commission
In Mexico, a feminist group has seized control of the office of the country’s human rights commission. They want justice for unsolved hate crimes against women and to stop the growing number of femicides.
Sep. 8, 2020
KJZZ Wins National Award For ‘Migrant Journey’ Series
A KJZZ project chronicling migrant travels from Central America has been awarded the 2020 Kaleidoscope Award for local radio from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Last year, KJZZ's Fronteras Desk reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. in “Tracing The Migrant Journey.”
Sep. 8, 2020
In AZ Tribes Lawsuit, Judge Halts Plans To Speed Up Census Count
The deadline for Census counting had been Oct. 31, but last month, the Trump administration announced plans to cut that short and stop counting at the end of September. The Navajo and Gila River tribes joined civil rights groups in a lawsuit saying the expedited plan would harm hard-to-count communities.
Sep. 7, 2020
Car, Pedestrian Crossings At AZ Ports Of Entry Well Below Prior Years
After border restrictions went into effect in late March in an attempt to slow coronavirus spread, the number of personal vehicles and people crossing plummeted roughly 60% and 70% respectively between February and April. But through July, car crossings have risen more than 50%, with more modest increases in pedestrian traffic, according to the most recently available federal data.
Sep. 5, 2020
Sonora Adds Second Largest Number Of Formal Jobs In August
After five straight months of losses, federal data show employment rolls in Sonora fell by nearly 40,000 jobs through the end of July. But in August, the state added more than 2,000 jobs, according to numbers presented during a press conference this week with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Sep. 5, 2020
Navajo Nation Calls For Investigation After Soldier Dies
The Navajo Nation is calling for the U.S. Army to launch an investigation after a Navajo soldier died at Fort Hood earlier this week. Private Carlton Chee, 25, a resident of the Navajo Nation, collapsed and died after physical fitness training on Wednesday.
Sep. 5, 2020
Trump, GOP Groups Oppose Navajo Members Request For Late Mail-In Ballots
President Donald Trump and some Republican-led organizations want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit joined by members of the Navajo Nation, which would force Arizona to count mail-in ballots received after Election Day from reservation voters as long as the postmark was before the deadline.
Sep. 4, 2020
Navajo Nations 32-Hour Weekend Curfews Extended
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has extended the weekend curfew starting this holiday weekend and on through the end of September. While Nez acknowledges that seeing COVID-19 rates dropping is encouraging, residents must be cautious.
Sep. 4, 2020
More Businesses To Open In Hermosillo As Measures Further Relax
New cases have been declining in Sonora in recent weeks. More businesses — including movie theaters and casinos — will be allowed to open in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo.
Sep. 3, 2020
Navajo Confronting Challenges Of Census During Pandemic
The Navajo Nation has set up roadblocks to distribute information about the U.S. census. The Navajo face a number of challenges gathering census data, and are working to catch up before the Sept. 30 deadline.
Sep. 3, 2020
Rocky Point Beach Receives Blue Flag Designation
A beach in the popular Sonoran tourist town Rocky Point has received a designation for environmental and quality standards. City officials say its clean beach status is yet another draw for visitors.
Sep. 3, 2020
Navajo Nation Could Lose Tens Of Millions Of Dollars If Census Deadline Shortened
On the Navajo Nation, the self-response rate for the 2020 census is lagging. Only about 18% of households have filled out the census so far. Multiple factors such as land size, mailing addresses and the coronavirus pandemic can contribute to this. The Show spoke with KUER reporter Kate Groetzinger.
Sep. 3, 2020
Navajo Nation Joins Lawsuit Against Shortened Census
The Navajo Nation has joined a federal lawsuit alongside the Gila River Indian Community, several non-profits and city and county governments against the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce for shortening the time period to complete the 2020 Census.
Sep. 3, 2020
Rocky Point Expects Surge Of Holiday Visitors Despite Border Restrictions
Restrictions on nonessential travel are still in place at the U.S.-Mexico border. But leaders in the Sonoran beach town Puerto Peñasco, known as Rocky Point, are counting on many Arizonans to continue ignoring those restrictions during Labor Day weekend.
Sep. 2, 2020
LeBarón Community Requests Protection, Autonomy And Electricity
A community in northern Mexico where nine women and children were attacked and murdered last year wants justice, but also solutions from the government and more autonomy for themselves.
Sep. 2, 2020
U.S. Trade Rep. Calls for Investigation of Blueberry Imports, Other Produce
The decision comes just a few months after the new USMCA trade deal between Mexico, Canada and the United States went into effect.
Sep. 2, 2020
Former Military And Police Officers Linked To LeBarón Murders
In November, nine women and children from the LeBarón family were murdered in a brutal attack by gunmen on a road in Sonora, Mexico. A new update on the investigation is pointing to almost 20 new suspects — some of them former members of the security forces.
Sep. 2, 2020
Sonoran Searching Group Seeks Government Support
Las Buscadoras por la Paz, or Peace Seekers, is one of a number of such groups in Sonora, where more than 140 bodies have been recovered since late 2018.
Sep. 1, 2020
Accused MCCCD Board Member Responds
A Maricopa County Community College District board member accused of tainting the search for the district’s next chancellor has responded to the allegations.
Sep. 1, 2020