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.
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.
The Biden administration is preparing to restart a program known as “Remain in Mexico” after a federal judge ordered its reinstatement. Officials, however, say it will require Mexico’s cooperation to resume the Trump administration program that sent asylum seekers back to Mexico to await U.S. court hearings.
U.S. officials announced this week that pandemic travel restrictions implemented more than a year-and-a-half ago will finally be lifted for people who have been vaccinated. Travelers will be able to begin crossing the border again on Nov. 8 with proof of vaccination.
The head of one of several Sonoran groups dedicated to searching for missing loved ones hopes to soon return to the state after fleeing in response to threats. Ceci Patricia Flores fled the state after a fellow searcher was murdered in July.
As parts of the U.S. implement laws severely restricting access to abortion, in Mexico, things seem to be headed in another direction. The country’s court in September handed down a ruling that essentially decriminalizes abortion. But restrictive laws remain on the books in most of Mexico. → More news from the Fronteras Desk
After months away, the conservation group Sea Shepherd has reached an agreement with Mexican officials to return to the uppermost part of the Sea of Cortez to help protect a critically endangered porpoise.
Mexico has not yet opened up its COVID-19 vaccination program to anyone under 18. But a group of minors in a Sonoran border town received their first doses this week as part of a binational vaccination effort.