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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson and Casa Alitas are asking community members to consider donating to help asylum seekers in Tucson as federal dollars run out and street releases are set to begin on April 1.
A lawsuit by the Mexican government against five Arizona gun dealers has its first hearing Thursday in federal court in Tucson. The suit alleges the dealers caused Mexico harm by trafficking guns across the border from the U.S.
Every year people of different ideologies come together in Southern Arizona for the highway cleanup from Three Points, through the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and to Sasabe and the always changing border.
The number of Mexican families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border grew nationwide in 2023, but nowhere is that more true than in Arizona’s Tucson Sector where the number of Mexican people in a family grew from 8,500 in 2022 to more than 120-thousand.
In 2023 the number of families coming to the U.S.-Mexico border greatly increased. Nowhere on the southern border is that truer than in Arizona’s Tucson Sector where the number of family members increased from about 24,000 people to more than 220,000.
New data shows that December was a record for the number of times Border Patrol apprehended migrants entering the US unauthorized, with the highest number being in the Tucson Sector at more than 80,000 apprehensions.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says details on border-foreign aid package likely out next week and will include funding for migrant services such as Tucson’s Casa Alitas, a quicker process for asylum claims and changes to manage large groups arriving at the border.
Pima County continues to warn of pending street releases if Congress doesn’t allot more money for migrant services, even as officials opened the Lukeville port of entry yesterday due to a drop in unauthorized border crossings outside of ports.
Four border crossings with Mexico reopened, after the government closed them in November and December, including the Lukeville port, which was closed for 30 days. That was in response to as many as ten thousand people a day crossing the border.
AZPM sat down with a couple who migrated to Douglas/Agua Prieta in the late 90s. In the decades working with migrants on the border, they’ve seen changes. What hasn’t changed is the community’s ability to open doors and hearts to migrants passing through.
There are still few details on how the National Guard would help with border security issues, per Governor Katie Hobbs recent executive order. But Congressman Raúl Grijalva says sending the National Guard to the border is not the answer.
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