Southwest Border

Asylum seekers
DHS says its reinstating the controversial Trump-era policy under court order by next week.
Dec. 3, 2021
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega and her supporters held a rally in Tucson after a magistrate judge ruled a religious freedom defense could not be used to determine her guilt or innocence in a case in which she faces federal charges for physically blocking construction machinery near Quitobaquito Springs last year.
Nov. 24, 2021
Artisans Beyond Borders embroidery
The binational initiative Artisans Beyond Borders sells embroidery made by asylum seekers waiting at the U.S. border in Sonora, Mexico. They will display their work at an event in Tucson this weekend.
Nov. 18, 2021
 San Luis Port of Entry
The recently passed $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill contains billions for improvement to U.S. land ports, including more than $500 million destined for Arizona ports along the border with Mexico.
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Nov. 11, 2021
Binational Artwalk
A binational art event at the Arizona-Sonora border is back this year after a pandemic hiatus. And this year, it will include both in-person and virtual elements. The Binational Artwalk has been an annual tradition in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, since 2015.
Nov. 11, 2021
 San Luis Port of Entry
Port of entry improvements will make crossing the border easier in San Luis, Arizona. The Biden administration's plan for infrastructure will allow for $147 million to be used toward modernizing San Luis Customs One.
Nov. 10, 2021
asylum protest
As restrictions lifted at the U.S.-Mexico border this week for many fully vaccinated travelers, many people were eager to cross to reunite with relatives. Some hadn’t seen each other since before the border closed to non-essential travel nearly two years ago. But while some families were finally reconnecting, not everyone was so lucky.
Nov. 9, 2021
Alfonso Durazo
Across neighboring Sonora, individuals and families are gearing up to cross the border when pandemic travel restrictions are lifted on Monday. But now the state’s governor is advising those who can to wait a little longer.
Nov. 5, 2021
Amber Ortega speaks with supporters
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega was one of two Indigenous protesters arrested in September 2020 for physically blocking machinery at a border wall construction site near Quitobaquito Springs in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. She testified her religious and cultural beliefs compelled her actions.
Nov. 4, 2021
Arizona Border Crossings
Every year Mexican authorities launch a program to assist millions of Mexicans living abroad as they travel home for the winter holidays. But this year more northbound travelers are expected as pandemic travel restrictions are lifted at the U.S.-Mexico border Monday.
Nov. 4, 2021
Texas border
Much of the land along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas is privately owned by families who have often lived there for generations. And that’s where some new border barriers could be built if Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gets his way.
Nov. 4, 2021
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patro
The number of asylum applicants in Mexico continues to climb to record-breaking levels, with the first 10 months of 2021 already far outpacing previous highs.
Nov. 3, 2021
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol
The Biden administration is in settlement talks with migrant families who were separated under former President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy. Plaintiffs include a 7-year-old girl who awakened from a nap to find her father had been seized by border enforcement.
Nov. 2, 2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The U.S. government is trying to privatize several security positions usually conducted by federal Customs and Border Protection agents for a program it wants to roll out along the southwest border.
Nov. 1, 2021
Douglas Nicholls
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data Oct. 22 indicating a massive surge in apprehensions of migrant people illegally crossing the southern border; 1.7 million individual apprehensions were made in the last fiscal year — the largest number in over 20 years.
Oct. 26, 2021
Donna Texas temporary migrant detention facility
A pair of reports released this week detail dangers and abuses migrants face at the U.S.-Mexico border because of U.S. policies and misconduct by border officials.
Oct. 21, 2021
Vaccination card
With the U.S.-Mexico border set to reopen to many fully vaccinated travelers next month, Mexico’s president promised Wednesday to ensure easier access to required vaccination certificates.
Oct. 20, 2021
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


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