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The United Nations UNESCO committee is calling on the Biden administration to work with Mexico to repair damage done to the Sonoran Desert where that country’s border meets with protected Arizona land.
Jul. 23, 2021
Border Wait Nogales
The U.S. is continuing to keep its borders closed to non-essential travelers from Canada and Mexico for a 16th month citing the surging delta variant.
Jul. 21, 2021
All told, the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales is about 600 meters long. On a slow day, it might take a U.S. citizen half an hour to cross. But for migrants part of the Title 42 exemption program, the process will last hours. And they wait weeks to finally make the trip.
Jul. 19, 2021
Title 42 was enacted under Trump during the pandemic. It allows border officers to send migrants back into Mexico on public health grounds. The Biden administration is facing growing pressure from immigrant rights advocates to end the policy completely.
Jul. 18, 2021
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A large number of people have died trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico through Arizona. Rescue groups have reported finding the bodies of deceased migrants in increasing numbers.
Jul. 15, 2021
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Pregnant women were usually exempt from ICE detention under former President Barack Obama. Donald Trump reversed that policy in 2017, and ICE detained more than 2,000 pregnant women the following year — according to a watchdog report.
Jul. 13, 2021
Arizona Border Crossings
The Biden administration is in the midst of deciding when to reopen the Southern border for nonessential travel, which has been off-limits thanks to the Trump administration’s invoking of Title 42 near the beginning of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.
Jul. 8, 2021
Mark Brnovich
A federal judge has slapped down a bid by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to get the federal government to take custody of, and deport, within 90 days more people who are in the United States illegally.
Jul. 6, 2021
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A new report by Physicians for Human Rights and the ACLU alleges hunger strikers in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities were subject to involuntary medical procedures including force-feeding.
Jun. 28, 2021
MPP San Ysidro Port
Asylum seekers whose cases didn’t make it to court under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, may soon have the chance to try again in the most recent rollback to the controversial program that forced some 70,000 people to wait out their hearings in Mexican border cities.
Jun. 25, 2021
Border wall
Weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on the country’s other 48 governors to send police officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Since then, Republican governors have stepped in with promises to send police to the Southwest border.
Jun. 23, 2021
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement is opening up hotel space to host asylum-seeking families in the Yuma area. It’s one of a handful of emergency shelters ICE has opened through a federal contract with the nonprofit Family Endeavors.
Jun. 21, 2021
After the recent Mexican midterm elections, Mexico City got its first migrant congressperson, who will represent citizens living abroad. The elected official lives in New York City and promises to build stronger ties between Mexico’s capital and the U.S.
Jun. 17, 2021
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The U.S. Border Patrol in southern Arizona is warning of the dangers that border crossers face as summer temperatures soar into triple digits. The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said Thursday that migrants are putting their lives at risk when they cross the Sonoran Desert.
Jun. 11, 2021
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Environmental and humanitarian groups are calling on Congress to provide funding in next year’s budget to restore lands along the U.S.-Mexico border and to remove sections of the border wall put in place under former President Donald Trump.
Jun. 9, 2021
Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris met with officials in Mexico and Guatemala to address the continued flow of migrants from these countries who are heading to the U.S. and ending up on our southern border often.
Jun. 8, 2021
Migrants wait outside KBI
The Biden administration is officially ending one of the most controversial immigration policies the Trump administration put in place: the Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP.
Jun. 7, 2021
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The U.S. Homeland Security Department uses an enormous set of databases to make decisions about border security, immigration enforcement and other critical issues. But a new Inspector General analysis says officials have been lacking the best data to make decisions.
May. 31, 2021
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Congress is again working to try to solve the problems at the border; one proposal comes from Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). Among other provisions, the bill would aim to improve the process for asylum seekers and open up regional processing centers to better manage the flow of migrants.
May. 21, 2021
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The country’s largest law enforcement agency is trying to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. But it’s also not tracking how many of its employees are vaccinated, calling that a personal choice.
May. 19, 2021

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