Southwest Border

COVID-19 vaccine
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States are exempted from the requirement.
Jan. 21, 2022
Amber Ortega and her lawyer, Amy Knight
An Indigenous woman facing federal charges for blocking construction of former President Trump’s border wall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was found not guilty on religious freedom grounds.
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Jan. 19, 2022
New border fence
More than 220 sets of remains were recovered in counties around the state last year, according to a count by the Arizona advocacy group Humane Borders.
Jan. 12, 2022
Border wall
This month, CBP released an interactive document showing how rugged border wilderness in the counties, most of which is public land, has been impacted by the Trump administration’s 30-foot steel border wall.
Jan. 11, 2022
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey delivered his eighth and final State of the State address Monday afternoon. In it, he pushed for a $1 billion investment in water, pledged to cut taxes and promoted summer school for kids catching up during the pandemic.
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Jan. 10, 2022
Sonoran Free Transit Zone
Sonoran officials say they want to expand a special transit zone that allows tourists to more easily bring their cars into the state.
Jan. 7, 2022
ATF training
Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo this week to provide training meant to help counter cross-border gun trafficking.
Jan. 6, 2022
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement will discontinue the majority of its contract with Endeavors, a faith-based aid group that was providing temporary shelter and processing assistance to migrants and asylum seekers.
Jan. 5, 2022
El Refugio "Nobody is Illegal" map
The number of people applying for refuge in Mexico last year reached a historic high. But the country admits its refugee agency is struggling to keep up with the increasing number of asylum applications.
Jan. 5, 2022
The Arizona Trail runs from the U.S.-Mexico border into Utah. But its southernmost point has been closed thanks to the Trump administration’s border wall construction. After more than a year of closures, it’s opened to hikers again on Dec. 31, 2021.
Jan. 4, 2022
Border wall
State Sen. Wendy Rogers wants to appropriate $700 million in state funds to pay for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. She didn’t respond to questions about where construction would take place or how the cost could be justified.
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Jan. 3, 2022
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A December count by the International Organization for Migration found at least 650 people died crossing the border in 2021, marking the deadliest year since it began recording in 2014.
Jan. 3, 2022
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As hundreds of asylum seekers from Haiti continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, aid groups say they're running out of resources to help.
Dec. 30, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court building
The Biden administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for permission to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as MPP, the Trump-era policy that forces asylum seekers to await U.S. immigration hearings in Mexico.
Dec. 30, 2021
Border wall
Alejandro Mayorkas, head of the Department of Homeland Security, is directing Customs and Border Protection to remediate unfinished Department of Defense border wall projects. A majority of the uncompleted projects are in the Tucson Sector.
Dec. 23, 2021
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The first phase of the program will roll out in a handful of U.S. cities and have officers with the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations wear cameras during pre-planned operations.
Dec. 21, 2021
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The Biden administration abruptly pulled out of settlement talks with the ACLU and other legal groups supporting separated families last week.
Dec. 21, 2021
Border Patrol asylum seekers facility
Lawyers representing some of those who have been reunited have been in talks for months with the administration.
Dec. 17, 2021
Ken Salazar
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico was in Sonora this week to meet with state and local officials. The visit included discussion of security, trade and tourism.
Dec. 16, 2021
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Aid groups and local health departments in Arizona and other border states have already been providing COVID-19 testing and offering vaccinations.
Dec. 15, 2021


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