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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.
Teens walk into Nogales shelter escorted by Border Patrol officers for processing

New Surge of Central American Youth Expected at US Border

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

New Surge of Central American Immigrants Crossing Border

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

Border Patrol officials say the warehouse has 40 phones available to the kids.

Central American Immigrant Deportations Planned

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

Pima Community College Downtown Campus

PCC OKs Budget With Tax Increase, Hiring Freeze

Spending to drop $7.5 million next year because state aid eliminated.

Immigrant children at Border Patrol's Nogales warehouse where they were processed and detained in June 2014.

Surge of Minors at Border Expected, But Not Like 2014

Apprehensions decline; most illegal crossings occur in April and May, expert says.

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

News Coverage of the Border Crisis

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


PCC OKs Budget With Tax Increase, Hiring Freeze

Jun 11, 2015


Spending to drop $7.5 million next year because state aid eliminated.


Surge of Minors at Border Expected, But Not Like 2014

Mar 31, 2015


Apprehensions decline; most illegal crossings occur in April and May, expert says.


ACLU Sues US over Alleged Abuse of Immigrant Children

Feb 12, 2015


Claim seeks disclosure of records related to reports of migrants' treatment in Border Patrol custody.


Deportations Fall Slightly from 2013 Record

Dec 22, 2014


Federal government reports 414,000 people removed from country in fiscal year that ended in September.


Arrests of Unaccompanied Minors in Southern AZ Border Continue to Drop

Sep 4, 2014


Still, more than 900 child migrants apprehended in July, August in Border Patrol’s Tucson sector.


AZ School Superintendent Asks Feds to Fund Immigrant Children

Aug 20, 2014


A week before primary election, Huppenthal says local schools will feel the impact of migrant influx.


Flake on Immigrant Children: 'Smugglers Able to Report It Worked'

Aug 15, 2014


Arizona senator argues placing unaccompanied migrant kids with sponsors before hearing risks them not showing up on court date.