Southwest Border

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
This week, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced he had good news: his government reached a deal with business and labor representatives to implement a 20% minimum wage hike starting on Jan. 1.
Dec. 1, 2022
Hermosillio, Sonora
The state Congress in neighboring Sonora will consider a reform that would shift elections for governor by three years.
Dec. 1, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
The pandemic-era protocol blocks asylum at the border on the basis of public health and is expected to sunset Dec. 21, after a federal court in D.C. ruled to vacate the order earlier this month.
Nov. 30, 2022
kyrsten sinema and mark kelly
The pandemic-era policy restricts asylum at the border on public health grounds and set to come to a court-mandated end in December.
Nov. 28, 2022
Doug Ducey
The Department of Justice is asking the court to dismiss a suit brought by Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration that tries to claim state sovereignty of federal borderland. The motion is the latest filing in a court battle over Ducey’s project to create a makeshift border wall of shipping containers.
Nov. 24, 2022
The U.S. Capitol
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are asking the Biden administration how it will handle the border after Title 42. The pandemic-era restriction on asylum at the border is slated to end next month following a federal court order out of Washington, D.C., this month.
Nov. 23, 2022
Environmental groups are watching closely to see how Arizona’s next governor, Katie Hobbs, will handle a makeshift wall of shipping containers the state is putting up along the border.
Nov. 23, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
This month a federal judge ruled to vacate Title 42, the pandemic-era policy that allows border officers to turn away most migrants and asylum seekers on public health grounds. Arizona is one of 15 GOP-led states that are trying to intervene in the case to keep it in place.
Nov. 22, 2022
Arizona Gov Doug Ducey surveys shipping containers used to close gaps in the border wall
Earlier this month, the Center for Biological Diversity filed to join a suit against Gov. Doug Ducey over his plan to deploy shipping containers to fill gaps in the Mexico border wall near Yuma. An attorney for the governor is asking a U.S. District Court judge to block the center from intervening.
Nov. 21, 2022
gavel in a courtroom
A federal judge has ended Title 42, giving the Biden administration five weeks to do so. To learn what this means for asylum seekers, The Show spoke with Joanna Williams of the Kino Border Initiative.
Nov. 21, 2022
Venezuelans sit outside of a shelter in Hermosillo, Sonora
A recent federal court decision to end a policy of returning would-be asylum seekers to Mexico has been welcome news among Venezuelans stranded in Mexico.
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Nov. 18, 2022
Don't drive tired
With the holiday season upon us, leaders in Sonora are taking a new tack this year: encouraging people traveling long distances to the U.S. border to stay in Hermosillo for a night.
Nov. 17, 2022
El Pinacate
Tour operators in neighboring Sonora are trying to come to an agreement with communal landowners near the El Pinacate biosphere reserve after blockades have cut off entrance to key areas.
Nov. 17, 2022
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar
During a visit to the border in Sonora, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico touted binational cooperation, and the importance of Arizona and Sonora to that cross-border relationship.
Nov. 16, 2022
Border wall water bottle
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands have long been a place where women seeking abortions have gone to find care, despite laws or borders.
Nov. 16, 2022
Douglas city limits
Nov. 15 marked a year since President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act into law. Some of the federal money part of the law is now being put toward construction projects at border ports of entry.
Nov. 16, 2022
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A federal judge in Washington D.C. has ruled to vacate Title 42 — the pandemic-era protocol that allows U.S. border officers to quickly turn away migrants and asylum seekers and send them back across the border.
Nov. 15, 2022
Rocky Point
Sonoran officials say they are investigating a case of possible fraud in Rocky Point after an Arizona state representative highlighted the issue in a press conference this week.
Nov. 9, 2022
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized bologna
Late last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso seized nearly 500 pounds of bologna from a truck trying to enter the country. And this wasn’t the first time border crossers had been caught trying to smuggle in the pork product.
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Nov. 9, 2022
Hermosillio, Sonora
Next week, entrepreneurs in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo will be developing sustainable solutions for businesses in the city looking to reduce their environmental impact.
Nov. 8, 2022


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