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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.”
More News From The Fronteras Desk
Aug. 10, 2021
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


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