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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.
Two girls sit in the shelter in Nogales as other children sleep under insulated blankets.

ACLU Sues US over Alleged Abuse of Immigrant Children

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

Federal agents address Central American children at a Nogales shelter in summer 2014.

Deportations Fall Slightly from 2013 Record

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

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

Arrests of Unaccompanied Minors in Southern AZ Border Continue to Drop

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

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal.

AZ School Superintendent Asks Feds to Fund Immigrant Children

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'

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

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

News Coverage of the Border Crisis

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.


Apprehension of Lone Minors Down 4% in Tucson, Up in Texas

Aug 7, 2014


More than 57,000 in all along border; data show increase in 'family units' caught crossing illegally in Southern Arizona.


Unaccompanied Children at Tucson Shelter to Start Classes

Aug 5, 2014


Shelter officials bring teachers to facility housing Central American migrants.


Tucson Aid Center for Central American Immigrants Relocating

Aug 1, 2014


Volunteers will no longer use Greyhound station, starting point for cross-country journeys, to help women, children.


UPDATED: House Abandons Vote for Border Crisis Bill

Jul 31, 2014


Tea Party members withdraw support; Speaker Boehner says they'll continue to work on solutions, however.


Poll: Half of US Wants Expedited Deportation for Child Migrants

Jul 30, 2014


New poll also finds two-thirds of Americans believe illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country.


Pols Want 'Border Security,' But Benefit from Immigration: Expert

Jul 28, 2014


Influx of Central American women, children isn't threat in and of itself but can beget other issues, she says.


Nearly 5,500 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Processed at Nogales Facility

Jul 25, 2014


Shelter opened May 31 when federal officers in Texas were overwhelmed with numbers crossing from Central America.