Immigration

Afghanistan Flag
Since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan and the Taliban took over, evacuees from that country are on their way to the U.S. to be resettled in communities around the country — including here in Arizona. And now, the government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees from other parts of the world until early 2022 in order to prioritize those Afghan evacuees.
Nov. 18, 2021
Immigration Visa application
A group of asylum seekers are part of a class action lawsuit that alleges United States Citizenship and Immigration Services unlawfully delayed work reauthorization renewals, resulting in job loss.
Nov. 15, 2021
Texas border
Much of the land along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas is privately owned by families who have often lived there for generations. And that’s where some new border barriers could be built if Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gets his way.
Nov. 4, 2021
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patro
The number of asylum applicants in Mexico continues to climb to record-breaking levels, with the first 10 months of 2021 already far outpacing previous highs.
Nov. 3, 2021
migrants detained at the border
The Biden administration late last week made another attempt to end the Trump-era policy of keeping asylum-seekers in Mexico while they wait for their day in U.S. immigration court, called the Migrant Protection Protocols, or the "Remain in Mexico" program.
Nov. 2, 2021
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol
The Biden administration is in settlement talks with migrant families who were separated under former President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy. Plaintiffs include a 7-year-old girl who awakened from a nap to find her father had been seized by border enforcement.
Nov. 2, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Arizona’s case to revive a Trump-era rule to keep immigrants from naturalizing for using public benefits. The timing of oral arguments could make them a factor in the 2022 Senate race.
Oct. 30, 2021
Temporary facilities are utilized to process immigrants
The U.S. government has reported some of the largest numbers of people apprehended shortly after illegally crossing the border that have ever been recorded.
Oct. 28, 2021
Douglas Nicholls
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data Oct. 22 indicating a massive surge in apprehensions of migrant people illegally crossing the southern border; 1.7 million individual apprehensions were made in the last fiscal year — the largest number in over 20 years.
Oct. 26, 2021
children hold signs
The Biden administration is preparing to restart a program known as “Remain in Mexico” after a federal judge ordered its reinstatement. Officials, however, say it will require Mexico’s cooperation to resume the Trump administration program that sent asylum seekers back to Mexico to await U.S. court hearings.
Oct. 15, 2021
Esteban Moctezuma Barragán
Mexico has moved the headquarters for a program that helps migrants access healthcare from the East Coast to Phoenix. The country’s ambassador to the United States took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the Mexican Consulate office near downtown.
Oct. 13, 2021
Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday he’ll run in the 2022 Fountain Hills mayoral race. The press release says the former Maricopa County sheriff will focus on familiar topics such as illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Oct. 5, 2021
deepak bhargava immigration matters
The phrase “immigration reform” has been used by people of all political stripes for decades, and it can mean many different things. The new book "Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future" offers ideas for how true immigration reform could happen.
Oct. 5, 2021
Temporary facilities are utilized to process immigrants
The Biden administration has announced new guidelines that require immigration agents to only go after people who crossed the border without permission recently or who pose a threat to the public’s safety.
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Sep. 30, 2021
A home for rent in Phoenix
More than 1,600 refugees from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in Arizona by March. But the cost of housing in Arizona has been rising quickly and agencies working to resettle refugees are struggling to find affordable rentals.
Sep. 30, 2021
migrants detained at the border
As asylum seekers continue to arrive at the southern border, shelters here in the Valley that serve them are filling up — even as the Biden administration continues to turn away thousands of asylum seekers in the name of a public health measure called Title 42.
Sep. 30, 2021
U.S. Capitol building
A former Republican state senator says D.C. lawmakers should consider going as far as replacing the chamber’s rules expert to make people citizens. Bloomberg News and the Hill reported Tuesday that Senate Democrats have pitched “Plan B” for adding immigration reform to their now back-burnered $3.5 trillion social spending bill.
Sep. 28, 2021
Border wall
As we see escalating political tensions at the border, a judge this week struck a blow to one of the toughest enforcement tools the Biden administration has been using to stem the flow of migrants into the country.
Ducey, 25 Other GOP Governors Call For Border Meeting With Biden
Sep. 22, 2021
Texas border
So far 18 Afghan refugees have arrived in Arizona. But at the same time, Haitian migrants are being deported from the southern border. ASU journalism professor Fernanda Santos wonders why there's such a different response for the two groups.
Sep. 21, 2021
DACA protest U.S. Capitol
Democrats’ hopes to clear a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants has been dealt a serious blow. On Sept. 19, the Senate parliamentarian advised the Senate that a provision in the bill aimed at establishing citizenship for DACA recipients cannot be included in the federal spending bill.
Sep. 20, 2021

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