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

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

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

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

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

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.

Hobbs sends National Guard to the border

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

Dozens of pets left in border town wracked with cartel violence

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.

Ongoing surge of migrants renews concerns of overnight street releases

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Migrants wait days in desert as Tucson Sector numbers increase

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tucson Sector sets new record for fentanyl seizures

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

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