Southwest Border

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
Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Mexico’s foreign minister announced Wednesday that travel restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border could begin gradually easing in the coming weeks. The step forward comes after Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Mexico this week.
Jun. 9, 2021
Traveler at airport curb
The United States has downgraded its travel advisories for Mexico, which rose to the highest level during the pandemic. It’s among dozens of countries that have seen warnings lowered.
Jun. 9, 2021
Border wall
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
Homeland Security logo
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
Covid vaccine
A leader in the Central American community in Phoenix says local groups are banding together to ensure more hard-to-reach migrants are vaccinated against COVID-19 as Arizona struggles to improve its inoculation rates.
May. 28, 2021

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