Border and immigration news

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

Jan 5, 2024 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.

Biden Administration officials discuss the reopening of Lukeville

Jan 3, 2024 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.

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

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

More than 25 years of cross-border advocacy and solidarity on the Douglas-Agua Prieta border

Dec 27, 2023 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.

Few details released on National Guard mission to the border

Dec 21, 2023 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.

Three U.S. residents shot at on Sonoran highway

Dec 19, 2023 Three US residents traveling in Mexico on one of the alternate routes to Rocky Point were shot on Saturday, and one was killed. The shooting happened on Highway 2 in Sonora.

It's not clear what National Guard will do on the border

Dec 19, 2023 Following Governor Katie Hobbs' executive order to deploy National Guard members to the border, Arizona officials are still hashing out what that will look like.

Dozens of pets left in border town wracked with cartel violence

Dec 16, 2023 When the majority of Sasabe, Sonora, fled due to cartel violence, people had no choice but to leave their pets behind. Volunteers work to get food to the animals and the few families left behind.

Hobbs sends National Guard to the border

Dec 16, 2023 Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed an executive order Friday to send up to 243 service members to help with border enforcement measures.

Ongoing surge of migrants renews concerns of overnight street releases

Dec 11, 2023 Pima County’s Casa Alitas assisted a record number of migrants in November — nearly 34,000. The surge is depleting resources faster than expected — sustaining fears of migrants being unsheltered in cities overnight.

Hobbs to launch office to coordinate border security, asks feds for $500 million reimbursement

Dec 8, 2023 Gov. Katie Hobbs urges the Biden administration to deploy National Guard to reopen Lukeville port of entry, establishes an office for coordinated border efforts and seeks reimbursement for border operation expenses.

Rocky Point residents say it’s a ghost town after port closure

Dec 8, 2023 The closure of the Lukeville port of entry has turned Rocky Point into a ghost town, causing businesses to shutter, locals to lose their jobs, and uncertainty to loom over the community's economic future.

Migrants wait days in desert as Tucson Sector numbers increase

Dec 6, 2023 As the Tucson Sector continues to be the busiest region on the U.S.-Mexico border, officials must prioritize processing families and children while hundreds of single men wait for days after climbing through cuts in the border wall.

Record numbers and funding change could lead to migrant street releases in Pima County

Dec 4, 2023 As the number of migrants continues to surge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Pima County worries whether they’ll keep up, serving well over 1,000 people a day for weeks.

Officials to close Lukeville/Sonoyita border crossing due migrant surge

Dec 1, 2023 Lukeville port's temporary closure due to a migrant surge raises travel and economic concerns in Arizona, prompting officials to urge swift federal action.

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