Immigration

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
Migrant Trail San Luis Rio Colorado
A federal judge today ordered the Biden administration to stop deporting families using a public health policy implemented under former President Donald Trump at the start of the global pandemic.
Sep. 16, 2021
DACA protest U.S. Capitol
This week, the U.S. Senate parliamentarian is deliberating on whether to allow a sweeping immigration reform measure into the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. It could give some 8 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to legal status.
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Sep. 15, 2021
DACA application
As lawmakers return to Washington this week, they’re also being confronted by the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Following a federal judge's ruling against DACA, Congressional Democrats have sent a bill along to the Senate.
Sep. 14, 2021
Raquel Teran
The U.S. Senate goes back in session next week and a coalition of pro-immigrant groups are pressing Arizona’s two moderate Democrats to deliver a pathway to citizenship for millions. The massive budget resolution moving through Congress includes $107 billion that could be used to get it done.
Sep. 9, 2021
Afghanistan Flag
People evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover began arriving in the United States last week. The first group to arrive in America was brought into Phoenix last week. With the challenges of escaping the Taliban behind them, this community now faces the task of acclimating to life in Arizona — and the dramatic changes in routine that come with a move across the world.
Sep. 7, 2021
President Andrés Manuel López Obra
Mexican leaders have faced sharp criticism after images showed the country’s immigration officials and national guard crack down on migrants at its southern border. In response, the president says he will pressure the United States to invest in development projects in Central America.
Sep. 2, 2021
Esteban Moctezuma
The United States and Mexico have signed a new agreement focused on combatting discrimination against Mexican and Mexican-American workers in the United States.
Sep. 2, 2021
migration map
In recent years, the number of people seeking asylum in Mexico has soared. Now, the country set a new record for asylum applications. In August, Mexico received more than 13,000 asylum applications, according to Andrés Ramírez, the head of Mexico’s refugee commission, known as COMAR.
Sep. 1, 2021

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