Southwest Border

New border fence
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
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
The border fence project in Yuma
The United States has begun what it deemed safety work on segments of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in southwestern Arizona.
Jul. 16, 2021
Border wall
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
Claudia Pavlovich
Next week marks 16 months since travel restrictions were first implemented at the U.S.-Mexico border during the first wave of the pandemic. Now, Sonoran officials are calling for those restrictions to be lifted — and soon.
Jul. 14, 2021
Entering Mexico at the San Ysidro garita into Tijuana.
But any decision, a Mexican official emphasized, would be the unilateral decision of the United States.
Jul. 13, 2021
Border wall
A new mapping project shows the areas of Arizona’s borderlands that are in need of restoration after the former Trump administration stripped the region to build a new border wall.
Jul. 13, 2021
Border wall
In recent weeks, states including Arkansas, Florida and Wisconsin have initiated guard deployments to the southern border. The Department of Defense has been largely silent about these deployments, and immigration rights advocates are concerned about the accountability of these troops.
Jul. 13, 2021
pregnant woman
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
a tree sprouts up
There is a growing effort in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo to plant more trees and create more green spaces in the city. And many are pushing for those trees to be native species. A new nursery is catering to that effort.
Jul. 8, 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
Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard
If border crossing restrictions are to remain in place, Mexican officials are asking their U.S. counterparts for a review of which trips are deemed essential.
Jul. 6, 2021
Border wall
Five Idaho State Police troopers are heading to Arizona for 21 days to help with border security, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday.
Jul. 2, 2021
Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Health officials in Mexico are beginning to administer a coronavirus vaccine to people in the neighboring state of Sonora.
Jul. 1, 2021
Hermosillo Vaccine
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also praised the United States for its donation of 1.35 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was almost completely used up to get the adult population of Baja California vaccinated.
Jun. 28, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that she’ll be visiting a city along the U.S.-Mexico border this week. It’s a first visit for the vice president and comes weeks after she was criticized for visiting Latin American countries where people heavily migrate from rather than seeing firsthand their arrival at the U.S. Southwestern border.
Jun. 23, 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
hotel room
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
Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard
The vaccination effort will be aided by the recent U.S. shipment of 1.35 million doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Jun. 15, 2021


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