migrants, border crossings, Border Patrol, Venezuela, Texas, California, Mexico, Biden administration
Sep 21, 2023

After lull, asylum-seekers adapt to US immigration changes, overwhelm agents

A group of migrants from China surrendered to a Border Patrol agent in remote Southern California as gusts of wind drowned the hum of high-voltage power lines, joining others from Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and elsewhere in a desert campsite with shelters made from tree branches. Their arrival Wednesday was another sign that agents have become overwhelmed in recent days by asylum-seekers on parts o[...]

Sep 7, 2023

Congressional watchdog describes border wall harm, says agencies should work together to ease damage

The construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump toppled untold numbers of saguaro cactuses in Arizona, put endangered ocelots at risk in Texas and disturbed Native American burial grounds, the official congressional watchdog said Thursday.

abortion pills, border, Mexico,
Sep 7, 2023

Mexican abortion-pill networks reach across U.S. border to help immigrants without access

Verónica Cruz Sánchez watched something remarkable happen from the office of her women’s rights organization in Guanajuato, the capital city of one of this country’s most conservative Catholic states. Founder of Las Libres – “the free” in English – she had built an underground abortion-pill network in a country where having the procedure could have meant going to jail.

Indigenous women, abortion, Roe v. Wade, Mescalero Apache, Laguna, Xicana, Indigenous Women Rising
Sep 5, 2023

Indigenous people unite to navigate abortion access after Roe

Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade a year ago, demand for Indigenous Women Rising, a national fund that covers the costs of abortions – and the traditional ceremonies that follow – for Indigenous people has skyrocketed.

abortion, Arizona, New Mexico, Roe v. Wade, clinics, pregnancy
Aug 28, 2023

After Roe v. Wade, the fight over abortion access moves to New Mexico

As trigger laws banning the procedure began going into effect across the nation — in places including neighboring Texas — abortion providers took up residence in New Mexico, which has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the U.S.

jets, Tucson, Ukraine, F-16 fighter jets, Air National Guard base
Aug 24, 2023

US will start training Ukrainian pilots on F-16s at air base in Arizona

The U.S. will start training Ukrainian pilots to fly U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, beginning at an Air National Guard base in October, the Pentagon said Thursday.

wastewater, Colorado River Basin, recycled water, Arizona, Colorado, California
Aug 24, 2023

Water-short cities want to use every last drop – even if it used to be sewage

In the Western U.S., there’s more demand for water than there is supply, so cities with finite water supplies are finding creative new ways to stretch out the water they already have. For some, that means cleaning up sewage and putting it right back in the pipes that flow to homes and businesses.

border town, immigration, Mexico, migrants
Aug 24, 2023

Mexican border city struggles to find space for migrants even with new shelter

At a massive encampment near an international bridge along the U.S.-Mexico border, migrants from Honduras, Haiti, Venezuela and elsewhere have turned scraps of plastic, poster board and rope into makeshift homes.

Aug 21, 2023

Republican lawsuit threatens Biden immigration policy thousands have used to come to US

Roughly 181,000 people have entered the U.S. under a humanitarian parole program since President Joe Biden launched the initiative. But 21 Republican-leaning states threaten to end the program through a lawsuit to determine its legality, which is set to be heard in a Texas court beginning Thursday, with a decision coming later.

abortion, Prescott Valley
Aug 11, 2023

‘Abortion-free America’: Initiative seeks more ‘sanctuary cities for the unborn’ across U.S.

Mark Lee Dickson leads the charge of the anti-abortion movement with a goal of banning abortion across the nation – city by city and state by state – until he can create an abortion-free America. And world.

ballots, Cochise County, Stevens, elections
Aug 10, 2023

County tailors ballot project to politically connected firm 

As an Arizona county prepares to spend up to $1 million in state money to test anti-counterfeit features on ballots, it appears the project was tailored for one company in particular that has pushed the idea with the help of political allies in the state for more than two years. 

energy bills, record heat, LIHEAP Arizona, Phoenix,
Aug 9, 2023

Millions scramble to afford energy bills amid heat waves, but federal program to help falls short

As climate change ratchets up temperatures in Arizona and across the U.S., millions of the poorest Americans grapple with agonizing decisions — between enduring perilous heat or paying costly bills. While President Joe Biden has invested billions into federal programs that subsidize the poorest Americans' energy costs, the money reaches only a fraction of the most vulnerable during the swelteri[...]