Border and Immigration

Arizona's defunct border wall project could help with Tucson's affordable housing efforts

Jul 25, 2023 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik advocates for converting shipping containers that were part of former Gov. Doug Ducey's defunct $200 million border wall project into tiny homes to accommodate the city's affordable housing needs.

New report offers ideas to fix asylum backlog

Jul 22, 2023 The Migration Policy Institute says fixing both the court system and immigration reform are needed to solve irregular migration. But in the absence of legislative reform, their new report offers ways to streamline the asylum process.

Court settlement includes meaningful border wall changes for wildlife

Jul 20, 2023 A settlement between the Biden administration and environmental groups stipulates changes to the border wall that are a win for Southern Arizona wildlife, including larger connectivity passages and environmental impact studies.

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."

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