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Housing options limited for migrants forced to wait in southern Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico – Migrants seeking housing in Tapachula, one of Mexico’s poorest cities, have three choices as their immigration paperwork is processed: stay in a shelter and follow its rules, rent a room if they have money, or sleep on the streets. More often than not, their accommodations depend on circumstances and the social environment.


‘All I can do is wait’: Children make up a third of migrants in documentation limbo

TAPACHULA, Mexico – In one of the largest humanitarian crises currently in the Western Hemisphere, a third of migrants stranded at Mexico’s southern border are younger than 18.


Black migrants see nothing in Tapachula but racism and a dead end

TAPACHULA, Mexico – Black migrants fleeing violence and economic or political instability in their home countries are finding overt racism in Tapachula, where they await documents from Mexico that will allow them to continue their journeys north. But the glacial pace of the process has made the situation untenable.


Journey to reach Mexico fraught with danger and uncertainty for migrants

Migrants detail their journeys to Tapachula, Mexico, and the challenges encountered on the way. Tapachula has been an immigration bottleneck for years as tens of thousands of migrants arrive and must wait for documents allowing them to continue north.


‘Nothing here is enough’: Systemic gaps in health care system affect migrants in Tapachula

TAPACHULA, Mexico – Tens of thousands of migrants struggle to navigate a complex and underfunded network of health care resources in the southern border city of Tapachula, Mexico – despite the efforts of NGOs and government officials alike.


On eve of Brittney Griner’s guilty plea, community holds rally for Mercury star

PHOENIX - An emotional and impassioned Cherelle Griner addressed a fervent crowd of more than 300 at the “Bring BG Home” rally at the Footprint Center Wednesday evening. Shortly after, at a court in Khimki, Russia, Brittney, pleaded guilty to bringing hash oil into the country.


While Suns sort out free agency, Mikal Bridges delivers for young basketball campers

PHOENIX – With rumors of blockbuster offseason deals in the air, Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges hosted his first youth camp at “The PHHacility” in Phoenix.


Passing on gas: Biden’s gas-tax holiday gets cool reception in Arizona

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden's plan to ease prices at the pump by suspending state and federal gas taxes could be running on empty, after state and federal lawmakers who would have to approve the tax holiday greeted it skeptically - or with hostility.


From Damian Lillard to Patrick Ewing, stars come out for Section 7 high school basketball tournament

GLENDALE – State Farm Stadium hosted the Section 7 tournament last weekend where top prospects including Jared McCain showcased their skills in front of over 500 college coaches. Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd was there watching the nation’s best players.


‘An abandoned issue’: Migrants’ mental health mostly ignored by Mexican government

TAPACHULA, Mexico – Migrants passing through Mexico desperately need mental health care, but the Mexican government has offered little support. Shelters and NGOs in Tapachula are stepping in to provide essential psych services, but experts and frontline workers say it still isn’t enough.


‘Open-air prison’ in southern Mexico traps thousands of migrants

TAPACHULA, MEXICO – Thousands of migrants are trapped in Tapachula, just north of Mexico’s border with Guatemala, where they face strict limitations on their movements, few job prospects, poor living conditions and long waits for immigration hearings. Some have labeled Tapachula an “open-air prison,” others call it the southern extension of the U.S. border.


Mexico, Uruguay use friendly at State Farm Stadium as World Cup tuneup

GLENDALE – With the World Cup just five months away, Mexico faced off against Uruguay in front of 57,000 fans at State Farm Stadium and used it as a World Cup tuneup.