Immigration advocates shave heads to protest failure to pass citizenship for dreamers

BY: - October 8, 2021

As plans to pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants drag on in the U.S. Senate, people who could benefit from immigration reform and advocates shaved their heads to honor a historical tradition of Korean people that symbolizes commitment and protest.  On Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., Karina Ruiz, executive director of […]

DACA leaders confronted Kyrsten Sinema on flight, at ASU to ask for her support. They got silence.

BY: - October 5, 2021

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona ignored Karina Ruiz, a local leader who advocates for immigrant communities, when the activist approached her on a flight to Washington, D.C., Monday to urge the senator to commit to passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocmented immigrants.  In a video she posted on social media, Ruiz walked […]

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Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges.  The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]

Immigration groups call for end to deportations, Title 42 and shut down of ICE detention facilities

BY: - September 24, 2021

Lucia Fierros wants the privately-owned immigration detention centers where her brothers were detained in 2018 to shut down.  “We demand more humanity,” Fierros said in Spanish. “We demand that no more families be deported.” Fierros, 48, is a Tempe resident and spoke outside the field offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in central Phoenix […]

New poll finds broad support, even among Trump voters, for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants

BY: - September 23, 2021

Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a pathway to citizenship for some immigrants who meet some conditions for eligibility, according to a poll released Wednesday.  The survey of 323 Arizona voters between Sept. 10 and 18 found broad support, even among Trump voters, for “earned citizenship” for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children (often called […]

Groups demand Mark Kelly ‘not hide’ behind parliamentarian opinion on citizenship

BY: - September 20, 2021

Immigration community advocates are pushing U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly to find “whatever means” to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants following a setback on Sunday when the policy change to secure a permanent immigration status for millions was blocked from being part of the budget reconciliation process. On Sunday, the U.S. Senate parliamentarian […]


Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

BY: - September 20, 2021

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security.  DES administers the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program, which partners with the federal government to service refugees as they adjust to making Arizona their new home. The people […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Arizona communities prepare for arrival of Afghan refugees

BY: - September 13, 2021

State officials, Arizona refugee resettlement agencies and community groups are preparing for the arrival in the coming weeks of thousands of people evacuated last month from Afghanistan.  The International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, a refugee resettlement agency, welcomed 18 Afghan evacuees on Aug. 29. They were among the tens of thousands of people who fled […]

AZ Dems, youth call for historic pathway to citizenship package

BY: - September 10, 2021

Democratic elected officials from the Arizona legislature, the City of Phoenix and the Tempe Union High School district are urging President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders to pass legislation to secure a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents.  The push from the Arizona legislators, city council members and school board representatives comes as […]

2-year-old boy, still alive, found next to his migrant mother’s dead body near Yuma

BY: - September 2, 2021

A Colombian man living in Florida is trying to reunite with his toddler son after his wife and daughter died in the desert west of Yuma, an ordeal that the two-year-old boy survived as the family crossed into the United States from Mexico. Hugo Morales Pinzon lost his wife and 10-year-old daughter last week. The […]

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AZ’s undocumented population declines 14% since 2009

BY: - August 9, 2021

Arizona’s undocumented population has declined by 14% in the last decade, according to new data released by the Center for Migration Studies.  Overall, Arizona’s undocumented population declined slightly more than the national average decline of 12%. This means that there were 40,510 less undocumented residents living in Arizona in 2019 than there were in 2010, […]