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Along the U.S.-Mexico border, journalism Is an act of resistance

Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly, journalism professors based at the University of Arizona, spent the last decade collecting dozens of oral histories from journalists working along the U.S.-Mexico border, and in Mexican states hit hard by drug violence. ... Read more»

Tucson-area Border Patrol agent dies from COVID-19

A Border Patrol agent in Southern Arizona died Friday from COVID-19, one of a half-dozen members of CBP killed by coronavirus in the state. Anibal Perez is the fourth BP agent to die from COVID in Arizona this year as the disease has cut a swath through CBP's ranks, killing 51 officers and employees during the pandemic.... Read more»

American borders reopen to tourists, but remain closed for migrants seeking asylum

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule.... Read more»

Strengthening justice system south of border key to success of U.S.-Mexico security deal

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»

Nogales se prepara con la frontera ahora abierta

​​Después de 19 meses, Nogales, Arizona, una ciudad fronteriza, reabrió el lunes 8 de noviembre para los viajeros no esenciales de México, dando esperanzas a sus 20,000 residentes y los negocios podrán regresar a la pre pandemia normal. ... Read more»

Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses from pandemic

After 19 months, Nogales reopened Monday to fully vaccinated, nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal and just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year for merchants.... Read more»

El Chapo's brother indicted in Tucson for drug trafficking, U.S. offers $5M reward

Federal officials in Tucson unsealed two indictments against Aureliano Guzmán-Loera — the brother of the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo — charging him and other high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel with international drug trafficking.... Read more»

San Diego DA asked to prosecute shadow Border Patrol investigation unit

Advocates called on San Diego District Attorney Stephan to file charges against Border Patrol agents involved in the 2010 beating death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas based on evidence a shadow police unit within the federal agency impeded the investigation of his death. ... Read more»

Tucson activist charged with protesting border wall on Organ Pipe testifies at federal trial

Facing two federal charges, Amber Ortega testified in court Thursday that she acted "without hesitation" to block border wall construction near Quitobaquito Spring because she believed she needed to protect the land from being "desecrated." ... Read more»

Democratic State Rep. Fernandez resigns to take USDA post

Democratic State Representative Charlene Fernandez is resigning to take a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ending seven years as a representative for Yuma and parts of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. ... Read more»

Chief Magnus' confirmation for CBP's top position moves forward

The nomination of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection moved forward Wednesday after a Senate committee voted 15-13 to advance his confirmation. ... Read more»

Biden administration makes case for end of Trump immigration program

The Biden administration urged a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel Tuesday to vacate an injunction ordering it to reinstate a Trump-era program that returned thousands of immigrants to Mexico to await resolution of their asylum cases. ... Read more»

Curbing illicit firearms trade crucial to success of U.S.-Mexico security deal

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»

'Living in the hell': Interpreter is one of 300+ Afghan refugees resettled in Arizona

For more than a decade, Zabi had tried to leave his native Afghanistan, where he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military - and two weeks ago, Zabi and his fiance touched down in Tucson, where they will make their new home.... Read more»

Homeland Security agents seek victims of two alleged sex traffickers

Two people were accused of sexually trafficking a 14-year-old girl in Arizona and across three other states, and Homeland Security agents are asking the public's help in identifying other potential victims. ... Read more»

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