Immigration

Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense

BY: - January 19, 2022

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist facing two federal charges for protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, was found not guilty by a federal judge on Wednesday. Following a short motions hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman ruled that the federal government had imposed a “substantial burden” on Ortega’s exercise of […]

Nativist Republicans call on Ducey to militarize the border to stop an ‘invasion’

BY: - January 14, 2022

A nativist former top Trump White House official on Wednesday exhorted Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border.   Ken Cuccinelli, a top United States Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration, said Ducey has the constitutional ability to direct national guardsmen to remove those crossing […]

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Police: Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into a bathroom to dodge activists filming her at ASU

BY: - January 12, 2022

On the morning of Oct. 3, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema gave her students in an advanced fundraising class at Arizona State University a break. She stepped out of the classroom to go move her car to another location near the downtown Phoenix campus, but instead found a group of four activists waiting to talk to her.  […]

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]

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I came here legally when I was 2. Immigration backlogs are keeping me from the American dream

BY: - December 16, 2021

This month, I’m submitting my undergraduate application to the honors college at Arizona State University. That’s where I hope to study political science and eventually become a Constitutional lawyer. But instead of dreaming about my future, I couldn’t be more stressed out. In a few short years, I’ll be forced to leave Phoenix, where I’ve […]

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For Latinos, Build Back Better provides transformational change — and hope

BY: - December 14, 2021

Even in its scaled-back form, President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act offers nothing less than transformational change for the American people — but even more so for Latinos in Arizona and nationwide. The bill’s roughly $2 trillion investment in our nation’s “human infrastructure” will better the lives of millions of Latino families, a major […]

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Neither side thrilled with immigration reforms in Build Back Better bill

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – Buried in the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Plan is $100 billion for immigration reform, money that critics say has no business being in the bill and that migration advocates say does not go nearly far enough. The immigration provisions, which were included in the bill House approved Nov. 19 on a mostly […]

‘Remain in Mexico’ migrant policy resumes, even as feds vow to end it

BY: and - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy will resume Monday, after the Mexican government agreed to accept migrants who are turned away at the border and forced to wait in Mexico for their hearing. The court-ordered renewal of the Migrant Protection Protocols comes even though the Department of Homeland Security said this summer it […]

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary […]

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In lieu of path to citizenship, advocates cheer immigration reforms in spending bill

BY: - November 23, 2021

While a pathway to citizenship was nixed in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, a flagship legislation part of President Joe Biden’s agenda, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and immigration advocates still welcome the protections from deportation expected to impact about 6.5 million undocumented immigrants.   Under the House version of the spending […]

Immigrants make last-ditch plea for deportation protections, work permits in Build Back Better

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Undocumented workers and immigration advocates are pushing for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion social spending and climate package that the U.S. House is set to vote on as soon as Thursday night. Those immigration provisions face elimination when the bill moves […]

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GOP senator wants to cancel 2022 vote on in-state tuition for Dreamers because GOP senators were in the minority

BY: - November 18, 2021

A Republican lawmaker says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges because not enough Republicans supported the proposal. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita on Tuesday introduced a proposal to reverse the passage of […]