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The "Barbenheimer" Experience Arrives in Tucson

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“To Erasures, Erasures" by Susan Briante

Poet Susan Briante shares an original poem that addresses immigration and the US-Mexico border.

New report offers ideas to fix asylum backlog

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

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.

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

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

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

The groups filed a lawsuit against the USFS in June.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

U.S. officials extradite alleged smuggling boss from Honduras

Officials charged Maria Mendoza-Mendoza aka “La Guera” with human smuggling and money laundering, , primarily withdrawn around Phoenix.

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

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.

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