Yuma, Arizona, withdraws state of emergency as migrant crisis dwindles

U.S. 12/29/19, 06:24

The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, announced on Dec. 19, the withdrawal of his city's state of emergency that had been issued in response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. “I am grateful to be able to withdraw the Proclamation of Emergency due to the Trump administration's policy changes that ...

Trump administration plans to build 450 miles of border wall next year

Politics 09/12/19, 04:47

The Trump administration said this week that it plans on building between 450 and 500 miles of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile border by the end of 2020. On a dirt road south of Yuma, Arizona—the third busiest sector along the southern border—a 5-mile section of fencing is taking shape. Two other ...

Border Patrol expands fingerprinting of migrant children

U.S. 04/26/19, 14:36

U.S. border authorities say they've started to increase the biometric data they take from children 13 years old and younger, including fingerprints, despite privacy concerns and government policy intended to restrict what can be collected from migrant youths. A Border Patrol official said this week that the agency had begun a ...

Yuma declares state of emergency over migrant families

U.S. 04/17/19, 18:08

The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has declared a symbolic "state of emergency" to deal with the number of families being released from Border Patrol custody into the city. Douglas Nicholls said Tuesday that he hoped not to get to this point but that organizations helping immigrant families just don't have capacity ...

Nearly $1B in contracts awarded for border fence sections

U.S. 04/10/19, 12:02

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts totaling nearly $1 billion for removal and replacement of vehicle fencing with pedestrian fencing along two sections of the U.S.-Mexico border.The Corps of Engineers said in a statement Wednesday that 46 miles (74 kilometers) of bollard-style barrier will be installed near Columbus, ...

2 pilots killed in Marine helicopter crash in Arizona

U.S. 03/31/19, 18:07

Two Marine pilots have died in a helicopter crash during a training mission in southwestern Arizona, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Sunday. The AH-1Z Viper crashed Saturday night while the pilots were conducting a training mission as part of a weapons and tactical instructor course, according to the Marine Corps. The ...

Border Patrol orders quick releases of families

U.S. 03/29/19, 09:57

The number of migrant families and children entering the U.S. from Mexico is so high that Border Patrol is immediately releasing them instead of transferring them to the agency responsible for their release, forcing local governments to help coordinate their housing, meals and travel. "We need to work toward a clean ...

Defense secretary OK’s $1 billion for border fencing help

U.S. 03/25/19, 22:23

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Pentagon says it will divert up to $1 billion to support the Department of Homeland ...

Border Patrol arrests 376 who dug under barrier in Arizona

U.S. 01/18/19, 17:54

A group of 376 Central Americans was arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families who dug short, shallow holes under a barrier to cross the border, authorities said Friday.The group dug under a steel barrier in seven spots about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of a border ...

Questions and answers about state of the US-Mexico border

U.S. 10/20/18, 11:58

Immigration has again become a hot political issue as President Donald Trump portrays the Mexico border in a state of crisis, underscored by dramatic images of a caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the U.S. and dozens of people climbing the border fence in Arizona.The Border Patrol released video ...

US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

U.S. 10/14/18, 11:30

A makeshift to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers memorial in isolated northern New Mexico is a typical representation for sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and always at risk of disappearing.Across the United States, many sites historically connected to key moments in Latino civil rights lie ...

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