Border and immigration news

Hobbs announces more than $41 million in state funds to Cochise County for border security

Jul 19, 2023 The funds came from the state's border security fund

DHS agrees to stop border wall construction, fund environmental remediation projects

Jul 18, 2023 A settlement agreement estimates $1.62 billion in funding and nearly $430 million returned to DOD projects.

Migrant encounters drop during first month since end of Title 42

Jul 18, 2023 Despite concerns that the end of Title 42 would bring an influx of migrants, the number of apprehensions continue to drop, in Arizona and across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Environmental groups seek court order to stop two exploratory mining projects

Jul 14, 2023 The groups filed a lawsuit against the USFS in June.

Biden administration guaranteed attorney access for all migrant screenings. Most don’t have it

Jul 3, 2023 Nearly three months and thousands of screenings later, the promise of attorney access appears largely unfulfilled.

A driver crashed into a border patrol checkpoint outside of Tombstone

Jun 30, 2023 He was driving from Bisbee back to Tucson

Federal official visits Arizona border to talk about advances in fentanyl interdiction

Jun 30, 2023 White House official visits U.S.-Mexico border to emphasize enhanced technology and strategies to curb fentanyl smuggling as part of strategy to tackle opioid overdose crisis.

Mariposas Sin Fronteras provides safety and support for vulnerable LGBTQ migrants

Jun 29, 2023 A transwoman, Karolina Lopez Barrera endured abuse during three years in immigration detention. She went on to found Mariposas Sin Fronteras, which supports and advocates for LGBTQ migrants in detention and beyond.

A journey of survival and love: Venezuelan asylum seeker flees bigotry and perseveres for a new life in the United States

Jun 28, 2023 Reydi shares his journey of political persecution in Venezuela, escaping homophobic attacks in Ecuador, treacherous migration through Central America and Mexico, and finally reuniting with his partner in the United States, where they hope to gain asylum.

U.S. officials extradite alleged smuggling boss from Honduras

Jun 26, 2023 Officials charged Maria Mendoza-Mendoza aka “La Guera” with human smuggling and money laundering, , primarily withdrawn around Phoenix.

Arizona’s defunct border wall leaves trail of runaway costs, error-filled invoices and questions about state’s oversight

Jun 24, 2023 In its wake, the wall left scars across the southern landscape and cost Arizona taxpayers nearly $200 million.

Border officials release footage of shooting death of Tohono O’Odham man

Jun 23, 2023 Customs and Border Protection released a video Thursday showing the body-worn footage from the three Border Patrol agents who shot and killed 58-year-old Raymond Mattia outside his home on May 18.

"The Neotenic Queen" explores the secrets of desert wildlife, both flora and fauna.

Jun 21, 2023 Also on Arizona Spotlight: How the youth group Studio Mariposa is beautifying the border wall; and an uplifting tale of love & survival from "Children of the Holocaust."

Trade between Arizona, Mexico well above pre-pandemic levels

Jun 20, 2023 A new University of Arizona reports shows many economic indicators between Arizona and Mexico are up, including exports, imports and and northbound border crossings.

Border officials seize 14 assault rifles headed to Mexico

Jun 14, 2023 Customs officers in Nogales made record-level weapons seizures during the second week in June, highlighting the fact that Arizona continues to be a hotspot for weapons smuggling.

Officials looking into turning on border lights

Jun 9, 2023 Customs and Border Protection says it’s looking at turning on lights on the border wall and installing more, just days after an environmental group releases a study and urges officials to remove the lights due to the effects they could have on wildlife.

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