Border and Immigration

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.

Celebrating a unique vision with "Bruce McGrew: Continuum".

Nov 22, 2023 Also on Arizona Spotlight: How Prop 308 made higher education attainable for undocumented students; and why Kidz At Play is not a rap group.

40 years of Gould’s turkey restoration success in the Sky Islands

Nov 20, 2023 From local extinction to Thanksgiving triumph, the journey of North America’s largest wild turkey species in Arizona’s southeastern mountains

New report finds Pima County Sheriff’s Department has history of not responding to calls from lost migrants

Nov 20, 2023 Advocacy group No More Deaths found that the sheriff’s department handled distress calls based on perceived immigration status. Sheriff Nanos disputes the findings, says whether calls are transferred to Border Patrol is based purely on proximity.

New report finds immigrant contributions in the state in the billions

Nov 15, 2023 A new report by the American Immigration Council found that immigrants contribute more than $26 billion annually to the state’s economy, including more than $5 billion from undocumented immigrants.

Tucson Sector sets new record for fentanyl seizures

Nov 14, 2023 In October, Border Patrol's Tucson Sector set a new monthly record for fentanyl seizures, surpassing 220 pounds.

Tucson Sector continues to see migrant surge

Nov 14, 2023 While the sector continues to be the busiest in the nation, federal and local authorities are able to manage the influx.

Reviving Montezuma Pass: Sky Island Alliance's bold initiative to rewild decommissioned roads

Nov 11, 2023 From roads to rivers: volunteers unite to transform old paths into thriving wildlife corridors

Gowan, other officials go to Washington to plead for border action

Nov 10, 2023 The event comes at a time when migrant encounters at the southern border have reached historic highs.

Environmental groups raise concerns over proposed border road impact on endangered jaguars and critical habitat

Nov 8, 2023 Environmental groups say they want no new construction, in response to a proposed border road and its potential impact on endangered jaguars and other endangered and threatened species.

School bus driver charged for allegedly smuggling migrants

Nov 7, 2023 Border Patrol agents arrested a school bus driver last week accused of using a school bus to pick up unauthorized migrants.

Tucson Sector rescues increase greatly due to large groups crossing in remote areas

Oct 26, 2023 Fiscal year 2023 data show that Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector saw an eightfold increase in rescues from the previous year

Dozens of additional law enforcement officers head to Cochise County to deal with border-related crimes

Oct 25, 2023 The Cochise County Sheriff's Office will use state funding to partner with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to increase patrols in the county to manage human smuggling incidents and other border-related crimes.

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