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Cars line up to cross into Mexico at the Nogales port of entry in March 2021. Since March 2020, border crossings have been limited to nonessential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but border officials hope that will change soon.

Border officials urged lawmakers to stick to a plan to reopen the border to nonessential travel Monday, even as they said more needs to be done to prepare for the expected surge in traffic, with a staffing gap of more than 2,000 workers at Customs and Border Protection. Read more»

A Border Patrol truck in Nogales, Arizona in June 2017.

A U.S. Border Patrol shot and wounded a person Wednesday evening at an intersection in Nogales, Ariz., authorities said. Read more»

A young boy in Nogales, Sonora, is one of hundreds waiting to access asylum under a series of policies implemented by the Trump administration in 2019 and 2020.

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced the end of the Trump-era "Migrant Protection Protocols," which forced thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims wind through the immigration court system. Read more»

A young boy watches a gathering of migrants in Nogales, Sonora who pushed for the Biden administration to remove Trump-era policies that keep hundreds living in Nogales from accessing asylum in the U.S.

Three years after the Trump administration placed an ad-hoc block to keep asylum-seekers from crossing the border to legally make their cases, nearly 3,800 people remain in legal limbo in three cities along the Arizona-Mexico border. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent responds to possible illegal activity while a National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk provides overwatch, near Sasabe, Arizona.

After weeks of calling for National Guard units along Arizona's border with Mexico, Gov. Ducey announced he is deploying around 250 guardsmen in support roles, relegating them to runningcameras and helping at detention centers. The announcement took federal immigration authorities in Arizona by surprise. Read more»

Marco Lopez (left) poses for a picture with Gov. Doug Ducey in Mexico in 2017 with two unidentified men.

Marco Lopez, an international business consultant, former Nogales mayor and Napolitano administration aide, and advisor to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, announced his candidacy for governor, kicking off the race for the state’s highest office in 2022. Read more»

One of the 10 Chinesco-Western pottery figures recovered by agents with ICE as part of a pair of federal investigations. On Tuesday, federal agents returned the objects to Mexican officials as part of a repatriation ceremony.

Federal agents returned 277 pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexican officials during a repatriation ceremony Tuesday at the Mexican Consulate in Nogales. The ancient objects included 10 Chinesco-Western pottery figures that were produced as far back as 500 B.C., and 267 small artifacts, including arrowheads as well as small stone carvings that date back between 1,000 and 5,000 years. 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»

Migrants, including young children, attended a march in October 2020, asking for access to asylum in the U.S. in Nogales, Sonora.

Rising numbers of people caught crossing the border outside ports of entry may complicate the efforts of the Biden administration to unwind Trump policies along the U.S.-Mexico. Read more»

Experts say ivermectin is an unproven COVID-19 treatment and can cause dangerous side effects. The drug is used as heartworm treatment for dogs, a horse dewormer and a human head-lice killer. Now one group is urging Gov. Ducey to make it immediately available to people at high risk for coronavirus. Read more»

CBP Officer Jose Rosalio Fuentes was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for taking a $6,000 bribe to let a foreign national with a felony record cross into the United States in Nogales Read more»

A young boy in Nogales, Sonora is one of several hundred seeking asylum in the United States, waiting for their cases to be adjudicated under the Migrant Protection Policy.

Untangling the Trump administration's asylum restrictions may prove difficult for President-elect Joe Biden, who has to manage new DHS regulations — even as hundreds of people have waited some for nearly a year to seek protection in the United States. Read more»

Trucks from Nogales, Mexico, line up at the Mariposa Cargo Facility in this 2019 photo, waiting to pass in to Nogales, Arizona. Despite some tense times under the Trump administration, trade between Arizona and Mexico has been relatively stable for the past four years.

President Donald Trump entered office pledging to blow up trade deals, and he later imposed tariffs on trading partners around the world – but the biggest threat to Arizona-Mexico trade over the past four years appears to have been COVID-19. Read more»

Border wall construction in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area south of Hereford, Ariz.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called the claims contained in a lawsuit over border wall construction near a ranch in Cochise County "fantastic," and defended the Trump administration's efforts to build a 4.7-mile section of the wall through remote terrain at a cost of $42.2 million per mile. Read more»

A U.S. Border Patrol agent fingerprints a man near Sasabe, Ariz. in March, as the agency moved to begin rapidly expelling people under Title 42.

This year Border Patrol agents have used a CDC public health order to rapidly expel thousands of migrants into Mexican border towns such as Sasabe, Sonora, which has little resources and infrastructure for migrants. Read more»

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