Fronteras Desk News

Pandemic Fuels Social Movement In Border Town
Despite its location at an important crossroads along the U.S.-Mexico border, residents in the Sonoran town of Sonoyta say they’re often overlooked. Now, facing the increasingly deadly consequences of a faltering health system during the coronavirus pandemic, some residents have started a movement for social justice.
Aug. 4, 2020
Using TV And Radio, Mexican Students Will Go Back To School
While the U.S. debates the safety of reopening schools amid a pandemic, the Mexican government has announced that students will start school from home.
Aug. 4, 2020
Mexico Plans Language Institute As A Homage To El Paso Victims
A year ago, a gunman killed 23 people at an El Paso Walmart. Eight Mexican citizens were among the dead, and 8 others were wounded, targeted by ethnicity. The Mexican government plans to create an institute to pay tribute to the victims.
Aug. 4, 2020
Multiple Arrests In Border Patrol Raid On Migrant Aid Camp, Second In A Week
Border Patrol agents arrested more than 30 migrants at a medical aid camp run by humanitarian group No More Deaths Friday. Byrd Camp is located in Arivaca and serves as medical site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the Arizona borderland.
Aug. 3, 2020
Sonora Offers New Funding For The Arts During Pandemic
Officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico are launching a new stimulus program to promote arts and culture during the pandemic. The funds will be distributed through a series of arts contests.
Aug. 2, 2020
Sonora Surpasses 20,000 Coronavirus Cases
Health officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico announced Saturday night that the state has now surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Aug. 2, 2020
Yuma County Tribes Use Messaging, Testing To Beat Back COVID-19 Amid Surge
The coronavirus pandemic poses a devastating threat to smaller tribes. That very real possibility is on minds of tribal and state leadership across the country. The small tribes in Yuma County say with consistent messaging and a prepared health facility they have so far avoided the worst of it.
Aug. 2, 2020
Mexico Captures Cartel Leader El Marro
Mexican federal officials and state security forces in Guanajuato captured one of Mexico’s most-wanted criminals, José Antonio Yépez Ortíz, known as "El Marro."
Aug. 2, 2020
Navajo Nation Casinos Announce Layoffs
Four casinos operated by the Navajo Nation will remain closed through at least Aug. 16. Even though they’ve been closed since March, the casinos had been using cash reserves to pay employees. Now more than 1,000 are facing layoffs and furloughs.
Aug. 1, 2020
Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp
The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital.
Aug. 1, 2020
Why Is The Peso Stronger Despite The Pandemic?
The coronavirus pandemic is bringing with it a severe, historic downfall in the world’s economy. Mexico is no exception, but its currency, the peso, has become stronger.
Jul. 31, 2020
Police Commander Killed In Northern Sonora Shootout
A Sonoran police commander was killed this week in a part of the state that has seen high-profile incidents in recent months.
Jul. 31, 2020
The Time Is Now: Rocky Point Opens Beaches
Visitors to the beach town of Rocky Point in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, will finally be able to get back in the water Saturday, Aug. 1, as the town reopens beaches for the first time in more than four months.
Jul. 31, 2020
As Pandemic Drags On, Sonoran Businesses Face Tough Choices
As in neighboring Arizona, the global coronavirus pandemic has been both a public health and an economic crisis in Sonora. Cases and deaths are mounting while jobs and businesses are vanishing. Sonorans are also navigating the hard times with far less support than Arizonans.
Jul. 31, 2020
Juarez Cartel Sued By Family Of Slain Women And Children
In what they are calling historic litigation, family members of nine women and children slain in an attack by suspected drug cartel members in northern Mexico last November have filed a lawsuit against the cartel, arguing the cartel is an international terrorist organization.
Jul. 30, 2020
Mexico Plans To Make Medicine Free And Centralize Their Distribution
After facing criticism for cutting costs in the health care system, the Mexican president is launching a groundbreaking strategy. And part of the plan involves a future coronavirus vaccine and more supplies bought from the U.S.
Jul. 30, 2020
Navajo See Farming Renaissance 5 Years After Mine Spill
Five years ago an EPA crew investigating a mine in Colorado accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of metal-contaminated waste into the southwest river system. Downstream hundreds of Navajo quit farming as a result. But that’s changed in recent months as the tribe became one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Jul. 29, 2020
Tucson Has A New Mexican Consul After Controversies
During the current Mexican president’s administration of less than two years, Tucson has had three Mexican consuls. The third one was appointed after a controversial removal of his predecessor.
Jul. 29, 2020
Memo Changes DACA Protections, At Odds With Court Ruling
A new memo from the Trump administration says it won't accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June to uphold the policy.
Jul. 29, 2020
Sonoran Officials Apprehend Man Wanted In AZ Murder
For the second time in less than a week, authorities in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have detained a suspect wanted for murder in Arizona.
Jul. 28, 2020