Immigration

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 […]

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

BY: - November 15, 2021

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months, according to the U.S. Department of State. The government  is prioritizing some […]

American borders reopen to tourists, but remain closed for those seeking asylum

BY: - November 9, 2021

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Lisandro, a migrant from southern Mexico using a pseudonym to protect his […]

Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses from pandemic

BY: - November 9, 2021

NOGALES – After 19 months, this Arizona border city reopened Monday to nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal. Fully vaccinated Mexicans will be able to shop just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year, when, pre-pandemic, Nogales […]

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Common-sense immigration reform is popular and will drive economic security. Congress must act quickly.

BY: and - November 2, 2021

Arizona has become one of the fastest growing states in the country and is one of only four states that shares a border with Mexico. Given its new economic muscle and its geographical location, Arizona is in a perfect position to understand the balance between border security and the mutual economic benefits of immigration. Arizona’s […]

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What’s in — and out — of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from the original $3.5 trillion proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create […]

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Business executives: Path to citizenship a tool to combat labor shortages

BY: - October 22, 2021

Time is running out for Senate Democrats to deliver millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship that their families and advocates nationwide have been clamoring for years, and some business leaders in Arizona are emphasizing the economic benefits of a path to legalization.  In a letter to U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, […]

Yuma mayor says surging illegal migration is stressing local services

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls told a Washington forum this week that the rise in undocumented immigration is stressing health care and the nonprofits that help migrants in his town, and he’s worried the situation will only get worse. “Right now, our Border Patrol agents and our nonprofits are doing an amazing amount of […]

ASU Police asks prosecutors to charge 4 people for Sinema bathroom protest

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Arizona State University Police Department has asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after a protest against U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema interrupted a class she was teaching and ended with an activist following her into a bathroom. ASU police, Sinema’s office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office investigated the incident, said Adam […]