Immigration

MPP San Ysidro Port
Asylum seekers whose cases didn’t make it to court under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, may soon have the chance to try again in the most recent rollback to the controversial program that forced some 70,000 people to wait out their hearings in Mexican border cities.
Jun. 25, 2021
Border wall
Weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on the country’s other 48 governors to send police officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Since then, Republican governors have stepped in with promises to send police to the Southwest border.
Jun. 23, 2021
hotel room
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is opening up hotel space to host asylum-seeking families in the Yuma area. It’s one of a handful of emergency shelters ICE has opened through a federal contract with the nonprofit Family Endeavors.
Jun. 21, 2021
After the recent Mexican midterm elections, Mexico City got its first migrant congressperson, who will represent citizens living abroad. The elected official lives in New York City and promises to build stronger ties between Mexico’s capital and the U.S.
Jun. 17, 2021
Border wall water bottle
The U.S. Border Patrol in southern Arizona is warning of the dangers that border crossers face as summer temperatures soar into triple digits. The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said Thursday that migrants are putting their lives at risk when they cross the Sonoran Desert.
Jun. 11, 2021
Border wall
Environmental and humanitarian groups are calling on Congress to provide funding in next year’s budget to restore lands along the U.S.-Mexico border and to remove sections of the border wall put in place under former President Donald Trump.
Jun. 9, 2021
Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris met with officials in Mexico and Guatemala to address the continued flow of migrants from these countries who are heading to the U.S. and ending up on our southern border often.
Jun. 8, 2021
Migrants wait outside KBI
The Biden administration is officially ending one of the most controversial immigration policies the Trump administration put in place: the Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP.
Jun. 7, 2021
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The U.S. Homeland Security Department uses an enormous set of databases to make decisions about border security, immigration enforcement and other critical issues. But a new Inspector General analysis says officials have been lacking the best data to make decisions.
May. 31, 2021
Arizona 2018 Elections: Kyrsten Sinema - U.S. Senate
Congress is again working to try to solve the problems at the border; one proposal comes from Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). Among other provisions, the bill would aim to improve the process for asylum seekers and open up regional processing centers to better manage the flow of migrants.
May. 21, 2021
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The country’s largest law enforcement agency is trying to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. But it’s also not tracking how many of its employees are vaccinated, calling that a personal choice.
May. 19, 2021
Border wall
The surge of migrants crossing into the U.S. has once again raised the issue of whether Congress can address the issues of immigration reform and border security.
May. 11, 2021
Maritza L. Félix and Valeria Fernández
Journalists Valeria Fernandez and Maritza Felix have covered immigration and immigrants in the region for many Spanish-language outlets. But in all of that reporting, they’ve seen something missing — especially for immigrant women. That’s why they’re combining forces to create a new podcast that launches May 10 called "Comadres Al Aire."
May. 10, 2021
Volunteers pack large containers with resources needed to support refugees living in camps around the world.
President Biden initially indicated he would maintain the Trump administration's number of refugees allowed into the country, but after some back and forth, the administration has announced the new cap will be 62,500. And there are ambitions to push the number higher than that in subsequent years.
May. 7, 2021
Immigrants at a facility in Donna, Texas
Last month, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing what many are calling the crisis on our southern border. It’s called the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act," and it includes a large investment in personnel and resources in the current system. But many pro-immigrant rights groups have come out strongly against the bill.
May. 6, 2021
Border Patrol temporary holding facility toys
The Biden administration is touting a dramatic drop in the number of unaccompanied minors held in Border Patrol facilities in the past month — an 84% drop, to be exact. But that hasn't stopped many immigrants and immigrant rights groups from voicing their concerns about the lack of action from the Democratic administration.
May. 4, 2021
Border Patrol Tucson tent facility
A temporary tent facility that the Border Patrol will use to process asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border is ready for operation in Tucson. The 80,000 square foot facility has capacity to hold up to 500 people, though the agency says COVID-19 precautions will reduce that by about half.
Apr. 29, 2021
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
The human rights non-profit Amnesty International recently presented its 2020 report in which Mexico shows an alarming development. According to the report, impunity, austerity, indifference and the deployment of the armed forces are becoming increasing worrisome.
Apr. 23, 2021
greyhound bus station
A local aid group said the federal government has dropped 100-200 individual migrants at the bus station this week, while a local shelter for them has gone mostly unused.
Apr. 22, 2021
Forty world leaders are meeting virtually Thursday and Friday at the Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss stronger global environmental actions. Two Mexican guests, one activist and the president, offered conflicting perspectives.
Apr. 22, 2021

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