Southwest Border

children hold signs
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.
Oct. 15, 2021
Border Shutdown
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.
Oct. 15, 2021
Arizona Border Crossings
After more than a year and a half of painful closures, Arizona border businesses are finally breathing a sigh of relief this week. But the economic ties between Arizona and our neighbor to the south go beyond border towns.
Oct. 15, 2021
Chris Magnus
Tucson’s Police Chief Chris Magnus will finally get a confirmation hearing to head the nation’s Customs and Border Protection agency.
Oct. 14, 2021
Evan Kory Nogales
For now nearly 19 months, the restrictions have meant Arizona border businesses have lost the Sonoran shoppers they depend, and many Sonorans have been cut off from friends and family.
Oct. 13, 2021
Arizona Border Crossings
The United States is reopening its land borders for nonessential travelers. The only requirement is to be fully vaccinated.
Oct. 13, 2021
roadrunner at border wall
You may have seen an image floating around social media in the last few months — it shows the towering border wall covered in rings of barbed wire on one side. And facing it on the other, seemingly staring up at it, perplexed, is a single roadrunner.
Oct. 4, 2021
New border fence
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich claims the Biden administration is altering federal immigration law as part of "population augmentation strategies.” The U.S. Department of Justice is calling that “a figment of the state's imagination.”
Sep. 20, 2021
Migrant Trail San Luis Rio Colorado
A federal judge today ordered the Biden administration to stop deporting families using a public health policy implemented under former President Donald Trump at the start of the global pandemic.
Sep. 16, 2021
border vaccination map
Mexico says it’s finished vaccinating adults 18 and older in cities along the border with the United States. Leaders hope that will lead to a full reopening of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sep. 14, 2021
Person counting money
The U.S. government argues that Carlos Vasquez deserves a 30-month sentence. In arguments filed earlier this week, prosecutors say money launderers from Mexico moved more than $10 million through the Rio Rico, Arizona branch he managed.
Sep. 1, 2021
Border Wait Nogales
While the northbound crossing restrictions imposed nearly a year and a half ago still remain in effect, the volume of crossings has steadily increased at Arizona ports.
Aug. 27, 2021
Border Wait Nogales
Restrictions on northbound border crossings from Mexico remain in effect, but the number of people crossing continues to climb.
Aug. 23, 2021
Migrants wait outside KBI
The so-called “surge” in migrants at our southern border was once again in the headlines in recent weeks as Border Patrol agents made an estimated 210,000 apprehensions along the southern border in July. At the same time, we’re seeing the Biden administration step up its enforcement efforts to try to stem the tide.
Aug. 23, 2021
Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard
A U.S. federal court will hear litigation against U.S. gun manufacturers filed by the Mexican government earlier this month.
Aug. 20, 2021
Border Wait Nogales
A top Mexican official is throwing cold water on the prospect of northbound border crossing restrictions easing soon. The northbound crossing restrictions will have been in place for a year and a half on Sept. 21.
Aug. 17, 2021
Rodney Scott
The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol announced he is retiring at the end of the week. Rodney Scott was favored by former President Donald Trump and showed a lot of support for Trump’s border wall.
Aug. 12, 2021
Just south of Arizona, a group of young Sonorans spent a week hiking, camping and learning about borderlands restoration. It’s an effort to bring together budding conservation leaders in Mexico, and create connections many believe are key to addressing ecological challenges in the U.S. and Mexico.
Aug. 12, 2021
border patrol patch
The Biden administration is stepping up enforcement at the southern border — implementing policies aimed at ramping up deportations and prosecutions of migrants who are crossing the border at a time of year when the journey can be deadly.
Aug. 12, 2021
Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard
It’s been nearly a year and a half since northbound crossing restrictions went into place on the U.S.-Mexico border, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be easing this month. After a phone meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said he doesn’t think a loosening this month is “feasible.”
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