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Groups Provide Relief To Indian Country As Coronavirus Cases Climb
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb on the Navajo Nation, the number of people showing up to help one another is also growing. Navajo and Hopi tribes have started a GoFundMe that’s raised more than $400,000.
Lacking Water And Electricity, Navajo COVID-19 Cases Surge
Apr. 7, 2020
During Pandemic, Activists From Home Protest Femicide
On April, a 13-year-old girl was killed in her home just south of the border in Nogales, Sonora. And despite the coronavirus pandemic, many women are still finding ways to honor the victim and speak out against gender-based violence.
Apr. 7, 2020
Doctors Without Borders Calls On Mexico To Release Detained Migrants
Doctors Without Borders is calling on Mexican authorities to release all migrants in detention centers because of overcrowding and lack of medical care. Detained migrants have also been protesting poor conditions and calling for protection from the coronavirus.
Apr. 7, 2020
Arizona Caregiver Tries To Navigate State Unemployment System
Almost 250,000 people filed new unemployment claims in Arizona over the last three weeks. Near the end of the first week, Gov. Doug Ducey gave an order that people who lost their jobs because of COVID-19 would not have to show they’d looked for new work to qualify for help. Days later, through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, Jeanne Apelseth asked why the state’s system still wanted her to list jobs she’d applied for.
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Apr. 6, 2020
Customs And Border Protection: 160 Employees Infected With COVID-19
Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, employs 60,000 people. On Monday, the agency gave some insight into how many of those employees have been infected by the coronavirus and are now suffering from COVID-19.
Apr. 6, 2020
2nd COVID-19 Case At ICE La Palma Correctional Center
Another immigrant in federal custody in Arizona has now tested positive for COVID-19. An ICE spokeswoman confirmed that a 24-year-old Guatemalan national being held at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy was diagnosed.
Apr. 6, 2020
Study Documents Wildlife Movement Across The Border
An Arizona nonprofit announced a new study last week to document wildlife in the Sky Island region of Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico. The studies stem from concerns over new border wall construction.
Apr. 6, 2020
Navajo Officials Order Weekend Curfew
Navajo officials have ordered a weekend curfew starting Friday night and ending Monday morning to slow the spread of COVID-19. There are 384 cases on the Navajo Nation and 15 confirmed deaths as of Monday.
Apr. 6, 2020
Mexican Presidents Pandemic Economic Plan Faces Criticisms
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented his economic plan to face the coronavirus pandemic. He says the plan focuses on helping the poor while avoiding the flaws of neoliberal capitalism, but workers and business groups are concerned.
Apr. 6, 2020
Clash Between Armed Groups Leaves 19 Dead In Northern Mexico
Authorities in the Mexican state of Chihuahua said at least 19 men died and another was injured in a confrontation between two criminal groups vying for dominance in a mountainous area near neighboring Sonora.
Apr. 5, 2020
Mexican Constitutional Reform Expands Pension, Health Care Systems
Pensions for the elderly and disabled. School scholarships. Free health care. They’re all part of a new constitutional reform in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced this weekend the approval of a constitutional reform to expand pension benefits and other social programs across the country.
Apr. 5, 2020
Sonora Considers Harsher Measures To Control Coronavirus Spread
On Saturday, Sonoran health experts released an extensive list of new measures they want authorities to implement throughout the state, including restricting the sale of gasoline, closing parks and plazas, and prohibiting outdoor activities.
Apr. 5, 2020
Border Governors Urge Compatriots Abroad To Not Return For Holy Week
The governors of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila agreed during a Friday meeting to several measures to limit the coronavirus spread, including a new campaign "Paisanos, no Vengan," or "Countrymen, Don’t Come!"
Apr. 4, 2020
Woman, 29, Is Sonora’s First Confirmed COVID-19 Death
A young woman is the first confirmed COVID-19 death in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south. The 29-year-old woman was from Magdalena de Kino, a 90 minute drive south from Nogales.
Apr. 4, 2020
Nogales Asks For Temporary Produce Inspection Pause Amid Outbreak
On Friday evening, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the mayor of Nogales asked federal authorities for a “temporary delay” of those inspections, according to two similar proclamations. Some fear inspectors could increase the risk of coronavirus spreading in the border community.
Apr. 4, 2020
Activists Skeptical Of Upcoming Sale Of Hermosillo Fields For COVID-19 Relief
Activists are protesting the sale of an outdoor sports complex in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo. But the city’s mayor says the funds are needed for coronavirus relief, among other projects.
Apr. 3, 2020
Sonoran Governor Warns Of Thousands Of Cases If Measures Aren’t Respected
In a recent meeting with a number of Sonoran mayors, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said that total cases could exceed 60,000, with over 600 deaths.
Apr. 3, 2020
For Mexican Produce Growers, Pandemic May Mean Short-Term Demand Surge
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business around the world. But demand for fresh produce, much of which comes from Mexico, has surged.
Apr. 3, 2020
Meet Susana Distancia: Mexicos Superhero Vs. COVID-19
In an odd attempt to keep citizens protected from the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government launched an unique campaign on social media. And not the health authorities — not even the president — are leading it, but a superhero.
Apr. 3, 2020
Border Patrol Expelling Migrants To Minimize Virus Exposure
The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona has returned to a deportation policy not seen in the Southwest in nearly 20 years. It’s an operation conducted to stem the coronavirus.
Apr. 2, 2020