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The number of people applying for refuge in Mexico last year reached a historic high. But the country admits its refugee agency is struggling to keep up with the increasing number of asylum applications.
Jan. 5, 2022
The Arizona Trail runs from the U.S.-Mexico border into Utah. But its southernmost point has been closed thanks to the Trump administration’s border wall construction. After more than a year of closures, it’s opened to hikers again on Dec. 31, 2021.
Jan. 4, 2022
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State Sen. Wendy Rogers wants to appropriate $700 million in state funds to pay for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. She didn’t respond to questions about where construction would take place or how the cost could be justified.
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Jan. 3, 2022
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As hundreds of asylum seekers from Haiti continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, aid groups say they're running out of resources to help.
Dec. 30, 2021
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The Biden administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for permission to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as MPP, the Trump-era policy that forces asylum seekers to await U.S. immigration hearings in Mexico.
Dec. 30, 2021
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The first phase of the program will roll out in a handful of U.S. cities and have officers with the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations wear cameras during pre-planned operations.
Dec. 21, 2021
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The Biden administration abruptly pulled out of settlement talks with the ACLU and other legal groups supporting separated families last week.
Dec. 21, 2021
This week, the parliamentarian for the U.S. Senate shot down yet another immigration reform measure Congressional Democrats hoped to pass through the budget reconciliation process.
Dec. 17, 2021
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Lawyers representing some of those who have been reunited have been in talks for months with the administration.
Dec. 17, 2021
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The request comes as a task force set up by the Biden administration continues its search for migrant families separated at the border under former President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy.
Dec. 14, 2021
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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court ruled to uphold a lower court decision mandating the use of the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, which forces asylum seekers to await U.S. immigration court hearings in Mexico.
Dec. 14, 2021
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The U.S. has officially begun sending migrants back to Mexico under the revamped Migrant Protection Protocols program, or MPP, the Trump-era policy that forces asylum seekers to await U.S. court hearings in Mexico.
Dec. 13, 2021
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The number of migrants dying in the deserts of southern Arizona now is higher than it has been in decades.
Dec. 10, 2021
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A new five-part series from the Arizona Republic is attempting to put a face to the migrant crisis. The series profiles three women that journalists Rafael Carranza and the late Nick Oza met in their reporting in Nogales, Sonora: Elena Ramirez, Antonia Castillo and Josefa Ramirez.
Dec. 9, 2021
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Chris Magnus comes to the agency amid a record number of apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border and as the Biden administration continues the use of asylum-restricting policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols and the pandemic policy, Title 42.
Dec. 8, 2021
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Diversity visas are awarded to some 50,000 people each year from pre-selected countries with low immigration to the U.S. It’s a lottery system with millions of applicants, those selected must apply for and use their green cards within the fiscal year.
Dec. 8, 2021
The border fence project in Yuma
Officials in Yuma say about 5,000 migrants and asylum seekers have presented themselves to the Border Patrol since the end of last week. The news drew Gov. Doug Ducey to an afternoon press conference at the border there Tuesday.
Dec. 8, 2021
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The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to confirm Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner.
Dec. 7, 2021
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DHS says its reinstating the controversial Trump-era policy under court order by next week.
Dec. 3, 2021
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Customs and Border Protection has established new guidelines for the care agents must give to children and to pregnant women in the agency’s custody.
Dec. 1, 2021


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