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From column writing to sports photography and Spanish-language reporting, the staff of the Tucson Sentinel was recognized with a number of top awards announced by the Arizona Press Club. Read more»

Water pools in a streambed blocked by the container wall built by Arizona Gov Doug Ducey in November.

Federal officials are closing access to a section of the Coronado National Forest where Arizona officials installed hundreds of cargo containers in a failed attempt to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

As we ring in the New Year, let us not forget the year we are leaving.

Tucson rang in 2022 much as we left the previous year, but with a few new twists: in the grip of a pandemic that has become a fevered political question, more immigration and asylum issues, a growing megadrought due to climate change, and a burgeoning housing crisis. Read more»

Title 42’s demise began when a federal judge struck down the policy at the request of immigration advocates. When the Biden administration revealed its intention to comply with the ruling, 19 Republican states -led by Arizona - intervened.

In a split decision, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a fight over the conclusion of Title 42 - and while the Biden administration’s immigration policy hangs in the balance, the court agreed only to decide if the 19 states have a basis to intervene in the case.  Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber walks through the January 8 memorial on the 11th anniversary of the shooting. Barber was wounded in the shooting, along with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 11 others, and six people were killed. The memorial, set next to the Pima County Courthouse, opened last year.

2022 often felt like one of the most violent years in recent memory, with many of our stories about the immediate and longterm consequences of crime, but there were also moments of genuine hope and beauty reflected in the Sentinel's coverage throughout the year. Read more»

The Supreme Court weighed in after a federal judge previously ordered the Biden administration to end the use of Title 42 to expel immigrants.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Biden administration has to continue with an emergency health order the federal government has used for more than two years to quickly turn away migrants, including those seeking asylum, at the southwest border. Read more»

You can’t convince people you’re a Christian or love the messages of Jesus when you’re hurting the most vulnerable for a political stunt. Read more»

Una puerta cerrada con llave en la frontera en Nogales. La atención médica en los centros de detención de inmigrantes era deficiente incluso antes de la pandemia y en septiembre expiró una orden judicial que requería que los funcionarios federales de inmigración consideraran la liberación de los detenidos con riesgos de COVID.

Para aproximadamente 30,000 personas que viven en espacios cerrados en la red de instalaciones de inmigración del país, COVID sigue siendo una amenaza siempre presente. Read more»

A locked gate at the border in Nogales. Medical care in immigration detention facilities was deficient even before the pandemic and in September, a court order expired that required federal immigration officials to consider releasing detainees with COVID risks.

Across the country, the chance of developing severe illness or dying from COVID has fallen - but for the roughly 30,000 people living in close quarters in the country’s network of immigration facilities, COVID remains an ever-present threat. Read more»

In Nogales, Son., a procession of about 120 migrants and supporters walk along the border fence separating Arizona and Mexico as part of a posada. A posada is a Mexican tradition in which people commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

A crowd of more than 100 people congregated outside a border crossing in downtown Nogales this weekend, walking to an aid center almost two miles away during a Christmas season posada highlighting the travails of migrants. Read more»

Kate Scott, the founder of the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center, removes a sign on the container wall along the Coronado National Forest in Cochise County.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will halt placing shipping containers along the Arizona-Mexico border, and begin removing hundreds of the 8,000-lb. steel boxes from federal lands by Jan. 4, according to a court document filed late Wednesday. Read more»

A young girl sits on her dad's shoulders during a protest against Title 42 in Nogales, Sonora, in March 2022.

The Biden administration urged the Supreme Court not to stand in the way as it finally retires a policy of limiting immigration on the grounds of public health after Chief Justice John Roberts stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program to expire on Wednesday.  Read more»

In Nogales, Sonora hundreds of families, including children have waited in Mexico for months, even nearly a year, to seek asylum in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue, staying a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program to expire on Wednesday.  Read more»

An aerial view of the Douglas Port of Entry from 2011.

Arizona Gov Doug Ducey is allocating $8.9 million in federal funding to help build a new port of entry in Douglas, adding funds from the American Rescue Plan to develop wastewater and groundwater infrastructure. Read more»

A young boy sits on her dad's shoulders during a protest against Title 42 in Nogales, Sonora, in March 2022.

The looming end of Title 42 has set immigrant aid groups, local governments and federal agencies on the border rushing to prepare for an expected influx of people. Read more»

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