- The Arizona Republic reports on migrant aid groups like the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, Al Otro Lado in California, and Border Kindness in Mexicali, Mexico. The article focuses on the difficulties faced by the organizations as they provide essential services to asylum seekers stranded at the border in the absence of federal assistance as coronavirus cases surge in both the U.S. and Mexico.
April 18, 2020
April 14, 2020
- 26 migrant aid and advocacy organizations publish a letter to DHS, ICE, CBP, and EOIR leadership urging DHS to end the Remain in Mexico program as soon as possible to protect the asylum seekers stranded at the southern border during the pandemic. The organizations offer a list of guidelines they encourage DHS to adopt and enforce.
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.