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Diocese of Tucson seeks donations to continue migrant services in wake of funding cliff

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.
March 1, 2024

The Buzz: What can states do at the US-Mexico border?

Federal law rules the land when it comes to border enforcement, but local governments can help.
March 1, 2024

Arizona lawmakers pass bill some compare to controversial SB 1070

On Wednesday, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that would make it a state crime to enter the country unauthorized.
February 28, 2024

Officials and nonprofit partner to offer free immigration advice

The Consulate of Mexico in Nogales is partnering with Chicanos Por la Causa to offer free immigration advice and advice on pathways to US citizenship for community members.
February 26, 2024

Judge to decide whether to hear case against Arizona gun dealers for alleged part in gun trafficking to Mexico

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.
February 21, 2024

Diverse community comes together to clean up rural highway

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.
February 20, 2024

Hobbs on Senate's failure to pass Bipartisan Border Security Package: "It is incredibly unfortunate and frustrating."

The Q & A was hosted by the Sky Islands Regional Partnership — formerly known as the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce
February 15, 2024

Migrants in Sasabe stuck in freezing temps overnight, including families

Hundreds of migrants waited through the night near Sasabe over the weekend through snow and freezing temperatures.
February 13, 2024

Mexican families fleeing violence grows exponentially in Tucson Sector

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.
February 12, 2024

Families coming to US border greatly increases in 2023

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.
January 29, 2024

December breaks record for migrant apprehensions

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.
January 27, 2024

Sinema says details on border-foreign aide negotiations likely out next week

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.
January 25, 2024

Study finds Biden most active presidency on immigration

A new study from a nonpartisan think tank says the Biden administration is the most active presidency on immigration — despite record number of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
January 22, 2024

Drop in migrant apprehensions likely related to Mexico enforcement measures

The number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped in recent weeks. Experts say that has to do with Mexico increasing its enforcement measures, though the drop may be temporary.
January 18, 2024

Report finds Mexican cartels move migrants through Tucson Sector due to limited resources

A new report found that smuggling networks in Mexico take advantage of Border Patrol’s limited capacity in Arizona, which contributed to the increase in migrants.
January 11, 2024

New jaguar spotted on trail camera in southeastern Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity confirms it is the eighth jaguar documented in Arizona.
January 8, 2024

Even with drop in asylum seekers, Pima County anxious for more federal funding

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.
January 5, 2024

Border crossings with Mexico reopen amidst economic concerns for Arizona border towns

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.
January 5, 2024

Biden Administration officials discuss the reopening of Lukeville

Border officials are reopening the Lukeville port of entry tomorrow morning after a month of closure due to a decline in migrants crossing the border over the last two weeks.
January 3, 2024

Arizona border crossing with Mexico to reopen a month after migrant influx forced closure

The moves reflect a drop in illegal crossings from December highs, authorities said.
January 3, 2024

More than 25 years of cross-border advocacy and solidarity on the Douglas-Agua Prieta 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.
December 27, 2023

Few details released on National Guard mission to the border

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.
December 21, 2023

Gabriel Dozal: No Pares, Sigue, Sigue

A visual poem from his poetry collection, titled "The Border Simulator."
September 30, 2023

“To Erasures, Erasures" by Susan Briante

Poet Susan Briante shares an original poem that addresses immigration and the US-Mexico border.
July 25, 2023

Don't Bring Guns to Mexico

As gun violence and smuggling in Mexico increases so does the number of Americans arrested for trafficking.
April 21, 2023

We Are the Water Missing Home

Indigenous communities fight against border wall construction near a sacred Sonoran Desert spring. (10:06)
April 25, 2021

What Remains

Working to identify migrants who have perished in the Arizona desert.
April 15, 2019

Where Dreams Die

Honoring the lives of the migrants who have died in the Sonoran Desert
November 5, 2018
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