Tag: Yuma

September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021

Near Yuma, a Mexican man died after falling from a 30-foot-high section of border wall. He fell on the Mexican side, requiring rescuers to open a gate in the wall that was not wide enough for an ambulance, then carry him for a mile before he passed away.

Tags: Fencing, Migrant Deaths, Yuma

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

While border-zone migrant deaths from dehydration, exposure, or similar causes are horrifyingly common, most victims have been single adults: migrant parents and children have been rare. That seems to be changing.        

  • A 21-year-old Ecuadorian woman died of dehydration on August 28 after attempting to migrate with her 2-year-old daughter in the desert of Sonora, Mexico, near the U.S. border. Jazmín Lema left her country, likely fleeing domestic violence, on August 21, flying to Mexico and taking buses north until stopped at a migration checkpoint. The child survived.
  • Another Ecuadorian woman, traveling with children aged seven and one, was rescued in the Arizona desert near Yuma after calling 911.
  • These events come just days after the death from dehydration, near Yuma, of a Colombian woman and her oldest child, while her toddler survived.

Tags: Migrant Deaths, Yuma

April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020
  • The Center for Biological Diversity releases footage of border wall construction destroying parts of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Tinajas Altas Mountains near Yuma, Arizona. The remote area, next to Mexico’s El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, is not a major crossing point for smugglers or migrants but is home to the core population of Sonoran pronghorn, kit foxes, golden eagles, and other endangered species.

Tags: Environment, Fencing, Migration, Yuma

February 26, 2020

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.

Tags: Migration, Nogales, Remain in Mexico, Yuma

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020
  • U.S. Senator Krysten Sinema criticizes the Trump administration’s plans to divert $3.8 billion from defense programs, stating it jeopardizes “the safety and security of Arizona service members and Arizona jobs.” The cuts include $156 billion for the F-35 program, including aircraft housed at the Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix and the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma. $1.3 billion will also be cut from the National Guard and Reserve Equipment budget, which primarily funds the 162nd Test Center in Tucson.

Tags: Budget, Fencing, Tucson, Yuma

January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020
  • The Washington Post reports that President Trump’s border wall will most likely require the installation of storm gates to prevent flash floods during the monsoon season in Arizona. Migrants and smugglers have taken advantage of these open, unmanned gates in the past in remote regions of the border.

Tags: Environment, Fencing, Tucson, Yuma

January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020
  • Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, travels to Yuma, Arizona, to announce the Trump administration’s completion of 100 miles of new barriers along the border with Mexico. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan notes the administration’s goal of 450 miles by the end of 2020 is likely out of range. Nearly all of the 100 miles completed by the administration are labeled by CBP as “replacement barriers,” though the White House requests the agency stop using the term.

Tags: Fencing, Yuma

January 6, 2020

January 6, 2020
  • Arizona House Majority Leader Warren Petersen (R) proposes House Bill 2084, which would allow private property owners along the border to build walls without safety inspections or compliance with local building codes. To date, no Arizona county or city has sought to block a landowner from building a wall on their property. Tom Belshe, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, says Peterson’s proposal is under review, but in general, “cities oppose any efforts by lawmakers to preempt local control.”

Tags: Fencing, Tucson, Yuma