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Morley Avenue en Nogales, que normalmente sería bulliciosa en esta época del año, es una fila de tiendas cerradas y escaparates vacíos la primera semana de noviembre.

​​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»

The Nogales Port of Entry on Morley Avenue has been closed to nonessential travel for 19 months. That changes Monday for visitors who are vaccinated.

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»

Dozens of people wait to enter the U.S. at the Dennis DeConcini border crossing in Nogales, Sonora in September.

Pandemic restrictions at the Mexican and Canadian borders will be lifted in November for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, allowing travel by tourists and separated family members who've been unable to cross since March 2020. Read more»

A sign warns drivers of their last opportunity to turn around before crossing the border into Nogales, Sonora, from Nogales, Ariz. For the past 17 months, “nonessential” border crossings have been prohibited as a COVID-19 protection, but officials say the loss of customers from Mexico has hammered local businesses. (File photo by

Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino said he is “fed up” with the federal government’s COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings, which has been extended for another month, further crippling local businesses that rely on cross-border customers. Read more»

The concertina or 'razor' wire installed in Nogales, Arizona in Feb. 2019.

Despite calls for the removal of concertina wire since it was strung in Nogales and other areas by National Guard troops in 2018, officials are seeking a new contract to maintain and extend "tactical infrastructure" along the border. Read more»

The view through new layers of concertina wire added to the border wall in Nogales, Ariz. over the weekend.

The city of Nogales may pursue a lawsuit against the federal government over the addition of extra layers of concertina wire along the border. City leaders unanimously approved a resolution condemning the "inhumane" wire and demanding it be taken down. Read more»

A sign on an ATM notes that one of two Chase branches in Nogales has closed.

In late September, U.S. Sen. McCain wrote letters accusing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citigroup of scaling back services and closing branches in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more» 3

The U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales.

Leaders of border communities have persuaded a lawmaker to withdraw legislation that would have required the state to alert the public to dangers caused by illegal immigration. Read more» 1

Police Sgt. Robert Thompson, who has been with the Nogales Police Department 14 years, inspects items left in an abandoned home near the border. A common crime in Nogales is illegal immigrants squatting in houses like this one.

Police Sgt. Robert Thompson knows his way around the city he grew up in; he's patrolled it for more than a decade. Recalling a time when cops here engaged in car chases two to three times a week, he said now Nogales is safe and mostly quiet. Read more»