Fronteras Desk News

Honduras Top Country For Migrants Traveling By Land
Almost three-fourths of migrants requesting a humanitarian visa to transit through Mexico were from Honduras.
Jan. 28, 2019
Tribes At Border Propose Visa
As lawmakers debate U.S. immigration policy, that may or may not include some form of new wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, many Native American tribes along the border are caught in the middle. Twenty five tribes met last week in Tucson to discuss a solution.
Jan. 28, 2019
Downwinders Restitution Bill Introduced
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar introduced a bill last week that would expand the Downwinders Compensation Act to include more people who suffered as a result of atomic bomb testing.
Jan. 28, 2019
Documentary On Vaquita’s Plight Competes At Sundance
A documentary film about illegal poaching that’s threatening to wipe out the world’s most endangered marine mammal in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has made its way to the Sundance Film Festival this year.
Jan. 28, 2019
U.S. Sends Asylum Seekers To Mexico
U.S. immigration officials will begin returning as many as 20 migrants per day to Mexico as they await an answer to their asylum applications.
Jan. 25, 2019
Policy That Makes Asylum Seekers Wait In Mexico Likely To Be Tested
Lawsuits are expected to try to stop the federal government from making some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case goes forward in immigration court, and any legal challenge is likely to be filed in the Ninth Circuit where the practice has reportedly gone into effect.
Jan. 25, 2019
Shutdown Ends, Trump Warns Congress It Has 3 Weeks
President Donald Trump announced the end of the five-week-long government shutdown Friday, but warned if Congress doesn’t fund a border wall project in three weeks, he will work around it to fund the wall.
Jan. 25, 2019
For One Migrant Who Returned To Mexico, Long Path To Opportunities
Jessica Gonzalez, now 28, was one of the more than 1 million undocumented Mexican immigrants who left the United States in the last decade, bringing net migration from Mexico to a net zero, according to Pew Research estimates. Like many young returning migrants, Gonzalez faced challenges in transferring her American education and in finding work.
Jan. 25, 2019
Estimated 1,400 Now Eligible For AZ Licenses
Hundreds of thousands of “DREAMers” have been given what’s called deferred action, meaning the United States has decided not to immediately try to deport them.
Jan. 24, 2019
Mexico Sees Maduro As Venezuela’s Leader, U.S. Differs
Mexico is recognizing Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president while an opposition leader is receiving support from the U.S. and a dozen Latin American countries.
Jan. 24, 2019
Consultant To Judge Inner Workings Of Southwest Key
As part of a legal settlement with the state, a nonprofit that houses unaccompanied migrant children in Arizona agreed to hire an outside healthcare consultant to grade the inner workings of its remaining Arizona shelters.
Jan. 23, 2019
McSally Meets With Border Workers, Officials In Nogales
Newly appointed U.S. Sen. Martha McSally purchased 30 pizzas for more than 100 Customs and Border Protection employees in Nogales on Tuesday. It was a gesture to federal workers who are working without pay during the government shutdown. McSally also met with local officials as the shutdown hurts the border economy.
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Jan. 23, 2019
Explosion In Mexico Sparks Concerns
The death toll from Friday’s pipeline explosion in Mexico has risen to almost 100, while dozens are still injured. Most of the victims were stealing gas from a leak before the explosion, sparking a debate on who’s to blame for the incident.
Jan. 22, 2019
Medicaid Decision Sets Precedent For Indian Country
Arizona has become the only state in the country where Native Americans are allowed Medicaid benefits without fulfilling work requirements. At the same time, 120,000 non-native state residents must comply. The announcement came Friday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Jan. 22, 2019
Native American Union Sues Federal Government
A group of federal employees that serve tribal programs is suing the federal government because they are working without pay during the partial shutdown.
Jan. 22, 2019
Governor
Gov. Doug Ducey included funding for a new cold inspection facility at the Nogales commercial port of entry in his state budget plan. That could extend the state’s produce import season.
Jan. 21, 2019
Nearly 400 Migrants Detained Near Yuma
Nearly 400 migrants tunneled under the border fence and turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents near Yuma last week.
Jan. 21, 2019
Grand Canyon Maintenance Load Lightened
A non profit associated with Grand Canyon National Park has just received half a million dollars to restore the park’s most famous trail. The grant will help alleviate some of the burden caused by the mounting maintenance backlog at the park.
Jan. 21, 2019
Shutdown Causes Native American Health Clinics To Close
The federal Indian Health Service has no appropriations for the current fiscal year. The House passed a measure to fund the program at $4 billion but the bill awaits Senate consideration. As the government shutdown lingers, many clinics that rely on these funds are hurting and a few have even closed their doors.
Jan. 18, 2019
As A Caravan Reaches Its Border, Mexico Mulls Plan
As a new caravan of migrants makes its way from Central America to the U.S., leaders in Mexico say they want to address the reasons thousands continue to flee their homes. Mexico is caught between the harsh realities that are pushing people out of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — and the divisive politics of immigration in the U.S.
Jan. 18, 2019

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