Southwest Border

El Bonito male jaguar near border
A new study suggests that jaguars could be successfully reintroduced to parts of their historic range in Arizona and New Mexico, where the large cats were wiped out by humans decades ago.
May. 13, 2021
Immigrants at a facility in Donna, Texas
Last month, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing what many are calling the crisis on our southern border. It’s called the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act," and it includes a large investment in personnel and resources in the current system. But many pro-immigrant rights groups have come out strongly against the bill.
May. 6, 2021
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patro
The story of what’s happening on our southern border is being painted with a single brush: We are being flooded with migrants, many of them young people — children — seeking asylum on their own. But Curt Prendergast looked at the data and found there’s more than one story here.
May. 5, 2021
Border Wait Nogales
Northbound restrictions have prevented many Mexicans from crossing into the United States for over a year now.
May. 1, 2021
Mission San Antonio Paduano del Oquitoa
A binational group met this week to work toward recognizing missions in Arizona and Sonora as important cultural heritage sites.
Apr. 30, 2021
Border Patrol Tucson tent facility
A temporary tent facility that the Border Patrol will use to process asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border is ready for operation in Tucson. The 80,000 square foot facility has capacity to hold up to 500 people, though the agency says COVID-19 precautions will reduce that by about half.
Apr. 29, 2021
kyrsten sinema and mark kelly
Gov. Doug Ducey has decided to send Arizona National Guard troops to the southern border to help deal with what he — and many other Republicans — are calling a crisis. And the state’s Democratic U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly announced support for the move.
Apr. 26, 2021
Traveler at airport curb
This week, the United States raised travel advisories for more than 100 countries around the world to its highest level citing the risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But Mexican officials say they’re worried that the new warning will be harmful to the economy.
Apr. 22, 2021
According to data analysis from the Council of the Americas, only about 2.6% of the Mexican population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And many experts consider that the slow progress of vaccinations in Mexico represent a failure of the government’s strategy to face the pandemic.
Apr. 22, 2021
Migrants wait outside KBI
Many people were hopeful that President Biden would quickly undo Trump-era policies that cut off access to asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. But nearly 100 days into his presidency, that protection remains elusive for most.
Biden's 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
Apr. 22, 2021
Biden and Harris
The new president established a list of priorities for his administration to achieve by his 100th day in office. The week of April 26, a new KJZZ series looks at how those policies play out for Arizona.
Apr. 22, 2021
Doug Ducey Rick Scott Arizona border
Gov. Doug Ducey said he is sending the Arizona National Guard to the border. Citing more than 170,000 apprehensions at the Southwest border last month, Ducey said the Border Patrol is overwhelmed while local law enforcement, mayors and nonprofit businesses are calling out for help.
Apr. 20, 2021
Seniors wait to be vaccinated in Nogales, Sonora
As COVID-19 vaccinations continue a slow rollout in Mexico, some older adults in the state of Sonora are finally receiving second doses this week.
Apr. 14, 2021
Border wall cut bollard
Photographer John Kurc first came to Arizona a couple of years ago for an assignment that had little to do with the desert or the border wall. But he has since become fascinated by the structure and the people affected by it. The Show spoke with him about why he began documenting the wall and what he’s seen in terms of flaws or holes in it.
Apr. 13, 2021
Chris Magnus
The Biden administration tapped Tucson’s police chief to oversee its largest law enforcement agency. Chris Magnus has been Tucson’s chief since 2016 and would serve as commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security arm that manages the Border Patrol and Customs officers at the nation’s ports.
More News From The Fronteras Desk
Apr. 12, 2021
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s prepared to send the Arizona National Guard to the border to deal with an increasing number of migrants trying to cross, even if it means at the state’s expense.
Apr. 9, 2021
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Federal authorities are expecting so many migrant families to seek asylum at the U.S. border this year that they’ve contracted with a Texas-based group to help house them.
Apr. 7, 2021
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Migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are surging again, and Mexican nationals are accounting for a greater share of those detentions.
Apr. 5, 2021
Paul Penzone
Customs and Border Protection is reporting agents encountered nearly 172,000 migrants last month, which is a sharp increase from February; the number of unaccompanied minors is also on the rise. The Show spoke with Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to talk about what he’s seeing, as well as other issues.
Apr. 5, 2021
Nogales Vaccines
The vaccine effort in Arizona is proceeding apace, with tens of thousands of doses administered daily. But the picture is very different in neighboring Sonora and across Mexico, where the vaccine rollout has been much slower. For border communities like Nogales, that disparity could spell unique challenges.
Mar. 31, 2021


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