Immigration

Immigrants at a facility in Donna, Texas
A new report from the advocacy group Human Rights First documents the harm asylum seekers face in U.S. detention facilities. The group is calling for the Biden administration to stop detaining people seeking refuge in the United States.
Apr. 21, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
Southern Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted a community event in Tucson on Wednesday to give details about a bill he’s part of that would make access to clean air and water a right protected by law.
Apr. 21, 2022
Border Patrol temporary holding facility toys
The report, out from the advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights, reviewed case files of 13 parents who came to the U.S. seeking asylum and were separated from their children at the border.
Apr. 21, 2022
Alejandro Mayorkas
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is slated to testify to the House Judiciary Committee next week about border and immigration issues. In a letter, ranking Republican member Jim Jordan of Ohio says the committee will ask about the administration’s use of policies like the Trump-era Title 42.
Apr. 19, 2022
A view of the border wall near Yuma
The March data on apprehensions includes some 27,000 in the Tucson Sector and almost 30,000 in the Yuma Sector. As with other months during the pandemic-era protocol Title 42, the number of repeat crossings was also high.
Apr. 19, 2022
U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
TPS is a temporary status offered to people from a handful of countries where war, natural disaster and other crises have made it unsafe to return. It doesn't offer a pathway to citizenship, and recipients need to be in the U.S. at a certain date to be eligible.
Apr. 18, 2022
migrants detained at the border
A group of U.S. senators — including both of Arizona’s — have introduced legislation that would force the Biden administration to keep Title 42 in place. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema argue we can’t lift the rule without a plan in place, and Sinema has said she has no faith the administration will be able to do what’s necessary in time.
Apr. 14, 2022
Border wall Douglas Arizona
Cochise County authorities say a Mexican woman died Monday night trying to climb the border fence outside Douglas.
Apr. 13, 2022
Phoenix City Council chambers
As Phoenix city council members consider how to spend its next allotment of federal relief funds, they’re prioritizing homelessness and low-income housing but some say the city needs to give special attention to a specific population.
Apr. 12, 2022
DACA protest U.S. Capitol
Citizenship and Immigration Services will now accept online renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. That's the Obama-era policy that gives some undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a work permit and temporary protection from deportation.
Apr. 12, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Arizona Democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, introduced a bill that would extend a pandemic-era policy that restricts access to asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. But several Arizona nonprofits are speaking out against the measure.
Apr. 8, 2022
U.S. Capitol building
Republicans and some Democrats in Washington are aiming to keep a Trump-era public health policy restricting asylum at the border in place by tying it to a sweeping COVID-19 spending bill.
Apr. 6, 2022
The newly-built border wall
When President Biden took office in 2021, he ordered a halt to border wall construction. There’s little Arizona Republicans can do to finish what the Trump administration started. But that doesn’t necessarily matter to GOP voters.
Apr. 5, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will terminate Title 42 in May. As the May 23 end date gets closer, community groups along the border are preparing for the change.
Apr. 5, 2022
 San Luis Port of Entry
An Arizona border city’s mayor has voiced concerns how his community will be affected by the Biden administration’s plan to lift the ban on asylum-seekers at the U.S-Mexico border on public health grounds.
Apr. 4, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will end Title 42, the protocol that allows border officers to turn away migrants and asylum seekers because of the pandemic, on May 23. The news, released in a termination notice written by Director Rochelle Walensky on Friday, confirms reports from earlier this week saying the Biden administration was expected to roll back the protocol.
Apr. 1, 2022
ICE agent badge
A federal court in California has approved a settlement that bars Immigration and Customs Enforcement and immigration judges from setting bonds without considering a detainee’s ability to pay.
Mar. 31, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
The Biden administration is expected to end the pandemic-era protocol Title 42, which allows border officers to quickly turn migrants and asylum seekers back to Mexico on public health grounds, by late May.
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Mar. 30, 2022
Title 42 is up for another review Wednesday. The pandemic-era policy enacted in March of 2020 that allows border officers to swiftly turn away migrants on public health grounds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been reassessing the policy, and so far renewing it, every 60 days.
Mar. 29, 2022
Mark Brnovich
This week, a federal judge in Ohio blocked some of the new immigration enforcement priorities outlined by the Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security. The lawsuit was brought by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and his counterparts from Montana and Ohio.
Mar. 23, 2022

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