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Border Crisis

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Border Crisis

This is a compilation of Arizona Public Media’s coverage of the recent spike in Central American unaccompanied minors and women with children crossing into the U.S. illegally.

AZPM's coverage spans the policy, history, politics and human stories of this issue. Radio and TV content has been curated on this page to serve as a hub of information on the topic, which has gained national and international attention.

The number of unaccompanied children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador crossing into the U.S. illegally increased by 90 percent from last year. About 60,000 children and teens have been apprehended at the border since October.

The White House called this a humanitarian crisis and President Barack Obama directed the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a government-wide response.
Border wall in Arizona separating the United States and Mexico.

For Border Apprehensions, 'Who' Overshadows 'How Many'

DHS says poverty, violence are factors in rising apprehensions of Central Americans.

Human Rights Group: Detention Center Photos Show Abuse

A federal judge ordered the pictures be made public after Border Patrol tried to block the release.

The trailer in Marion, Ohio, where labor traffickers kept their victims.

Central American Teens in Hands of Labor Traffickers

Story of group in Ohio held for more than one year; wages taken by captors.

Legal assistant Javier Hernandez and lawyer Sara Van Hofwegen of Public Counsel meet with a teenage client from Guatemala who is applying for asylum.

Thousands of Children Seek Asylum, Many Without Lawyers

10,000 Central American children facing 'removal' went to court without lawyers.

Mexico Cracks Down on Northbound Central Americans

Freight train 'La Bestia' - The Beast - now off limits to migrants, leading to long walk.

For media inquiries regarding this topic, please contact Fernanda Echavarri.

News Coverage of the Border Crisis

For Border Apprehensions, 'Who' Overshadows 'How Many'

Oct 17, 2016


DHS says poverty, violence are factors in rising apprehensions of Central Americans.


Human Rights Group: Detention Center Photos Show Abuse

Aug 19, 2016


A federal judge ordered the pictures be made public after Border Patrol tried to block the release.


Central American Teens in Hands of Labor Traffickers

Jun 10, 2016


Story of group in Ohio held for more than one year; wages taken by captors.


Thousands of Children Seek Asylum, Many Without Lawyers

Jun 9, 2016


10,000 Central American children facing 'removal' went to court without lawyers.


Mexico Cracks Down on Northbound Central Americans

Jun 8, 2016


Freight train 'La Bestia' - The Beast - now off limits to migrants, leading to long walk.


'Programa Frontera Sur:' US Intercedes in Southern Mexico

Jun 7, 2016


US funds Mexican government's efforts to slow Central American illegal immigration.


New Surge of Central Americans Seen on Border

Jun 6, 2016


Unaccompanied youth, women with small children still making their way north.


New Surge of Central American Youth Expected at US Border

Mar 2, 2016


Border Protection official tells congressional committee numbers rising, could hit 75,000.


New Surge of Central American Immigrants Crossing Border

Jan 7, 2016


A rare look inside Casa Alitas, a Tucson safe house for Guatemalans.


Customs and Border Protection Services Now in Spanish

Dec 30, 2015


Agency aims to make it easier for Spanish speakers to inquire, get information.


Central American Immigrant Deportations Planned

Dec 29, 2015


Homeland Security says it will begin sending home families not granted asylum.


Group Hopes Social Media Helps ID Migrants Who Died

Nov 6, 2015


The Missing Migrant Project aims to identify 800 remains