- “Sanitation tunnels” near the port of entry in Nogales, Sonora, are received with skepticism. The “tunnels” are inflatable arches that drivers walk through to be sprayed with disinfectant. They have been installed across Mexico near hospitals, clinics, and police stations. Mexican Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell calls the tunnels a waste of money that could unintentionally spread COVID-19, as the chemicals can cause people to cough.
May 28, 2020
May 25, 2020
- Local ranchers near Nogales, Arizona, and conservationists criticize the Trump administration’s recently awarded $1.3 billion contract to Fisher Sand and Gravel for 42 miles of border construction in the area. The administration waived multiple protective land laws for the project and it would disrupt cattle ranching Forest Service land used by locals for generations.
May 6, 2020
- The Army Corps of Engineers awards the North Dakota-based construction company Fisher Sand and Gravel a $1.28 billion project to build 42 miles of border wall in southern Arizona. Fisher Industries has been in national headlines since 2017 for the company’s crowdfunding for potential wall projects.
March 31, 2020
- The Mexican government announces the indefinite closure of the pedestrian-only crossing and limits service to commercial trucks in Nogales, Arizona’s busiest gateway to Mexico. CBP announces that its counterpart in Mexico, the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) had notified them of the closure.
March 26, 2020
- For the second day in a row, protests in Ambos Nogales continue in the southbound lanes of the DeConcini port. The protests are led by Sonorans for Health and Life. Group member Jose Luis Hernandez claims the protests are a “first warning” to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to implement health screenings and limit border crossings from the United States. The group vows to continue to block the DeConcini checkpoint until new policies are enacted.
March 25, 2020
- Protestors block the Mexico-bound lanes of the DeConcini port between the twin cities of Ambos Nogales in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. The protestors demand greater controls on the southbound traffic at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent travelers from the U.S. from spreading the coronavirus in Mexico. At this time, Arizona alone has confirmed over 400 cases and at least 6 deaths. Sonora has confirmed a total of 4 cases of COVID-19 statewide.
March 2, 2020
- The Supreme Court’s February holding in the case of slain teenager Sergio Hernández Güereca sends a similar case – that of Ambos Nogales teenager Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez – back to an appellate court in California. The Supreme Court stated that justice had to be sought through the legislative system because of “foreign policy and national security implications.” Congress has never authorized any legislative avenues regarding the cross-border conduct of federal agents.
February 26, 2020
- Mayors of both Nogales and Yuma in Arizona announce that their border communities are “finally rebounding” after last summer’s influx of asylum seekers, as commerce flows smoothly through the ports of entry during the height of the produce season this year. While the mayors say the border region is now “stabilized” due to the administration’s policies, it dismisses the ways Mexican border communities have struggled under the Remain in Mexico policy.