Border and immigration news

Pima County and UA collaborate with other border states to create comprehensive database of migrant deaths across U.S.-Mexico border

Oct 11, 2023 Tucson officials and academics are partnering with researchers from various border regions to establish a comprehensive database tracking migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border, aiming to better understand and address the issue.

Remembering Matthew Shepard 25 years later.

Oct 5, 2023 Also on Arizona Spotlight: True Concord Voices & Orchestra celebrates their 20th season with "Songs of America" featuring the work of Raven Chacon; and, Stories the Soar!

Arizona border wall lawsuits dismissed, paving the way for environmental restoration

Oct 5, 2023 From legal resolution to environmental revival: Arizona's next chapter

Migrants camp at Agua Prieta port hoping to claim asylum

Sep 28, 2023 At the port of entry south of Douglas, Arizona, about 100 migrants, mostly families, camp on the sidewalk with air mattress and thin blankets after fleeing violence-stricken parts of Mexico.

Tucson Sector still busiest in the nation for migrant apprehensions

Sep 25, 2023 In August, Border Patrol's Tucson Sector saw a 16-year high with nearly 49,000 unauthorized migrants apprehended.

Border Patrol release more than 230 migrants in Cochise County as overcapacity continues

Sep 15, 2023 NGOs in Bisbee and Douglas stand up basic services to keep migrant families from waiting in the street for transportation.

Border officials release migrants on streets of Cochise due to over-capacity

Sep 14, 2023 The Tucson Sector is experiencing a significant increase in migrant crossings, with officials reportedly leaving migrants on the street Cochise County after processing due to capacity issues.

Pima County officials concerned as asylum seeker surge continues, funding dwindles

Sep 12, 2023 Pima County officials express growing concern as the influx of asylum seekers continues while federal funding decreases, raising fears of potential street releases due to funding shortages by May.

Tucson migrant aid groups tell Sinema: Federal funding insufficient

Sep 8, 2023 Migrant aide workers from Tucson and throughout Arizona met with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Friday to discuss funding issues to assist the ongoing multitude of migrants coming through the southern border.

Congressional watchdog describes border wall harm, says agencies should work together to ease damage

Sep 7, 2023 A report released by the Government Accountability Office offers the first independent assessment of damage caused by the building of more than 450 miles of wall.

Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal on helping loved ones survive dark times.

Sep 6, 2023 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Step into a Record Fair at the final HOCO Fest; A look at the living diversity of Navopatia; and Stories That Soar! returns with a tale about a local 5th grader's journey with retinoblastoma.

70-year-old Tucson man sentenced after migrant smuggling and high-speed Border Patrol chase

Sep 6, 2023 Michael Ortiz has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for smuggling migrants after leading Border Patrol on a high-speed chase.

Human smugglers primarily control migration across the U.S.-Mexico border, and are likely making billions

Sep 5, 2023 While many migrants are forced to wait in Mexico for a chance to seek asylum in the U.S., they become even more vulnerable to the criminal organization making staggering profits controlling who crosses the border and where.

Single adult migrants in Tucson border sector put in detention as deterrent measure

Aug 25, 2023 The Tucson Sector gains additional personnel from Homeland Security as it grapples with a continuing surge of migrants at the border, mostly families and children.

Grijalva and Ciscomani sitdown together

Aug 23, 2023 The talk was an opportunity to hear about differences and common ground.

Rancher's murder trial to proceed

Aug 22, 2023 George Alan Kelly’s second-degree murder trial is set to proceed after a reluctant eye-witness agrees to testify in border shooting.

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