Immigration

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U.S. Senate Democrats make a last-ditch push for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Democratic U.S. senators have set a December deadline for passing bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for more than 600,000 undocumented people who were brought into the country as children — but they don’t yet have enough Senate Republican votes to make it a reality. During a Wednesday press conference […]

Doug Ducey, federal government battle over shipping containers at the border

BY: - November 14, 2022

YUMA – Using old shipping containers isn’t a permanent or effective solution to secure the southern border, as state and Yuma officials know. Now, the political stunt is embroiled in a legal battle with the federal government. In August, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order to place empty shipping containers in several gaps in […]

Voters narrowly are favoring a proposal to give undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition, for now

BY: - November 9, 2022

The fate of a ballot measure that would help undocumented students who graduate from Arizona high schools afford college remained unclear after ballots counted Wednesday left it with 51% in support and 49% opposed. With more than 600,000 ballots across the state yet to be counted, including roughly 360,000 in Maricopa County and another 150,000 […]

Prop. 308: equal tuition rates for undocumented students

BY: - November 4, 2022

Diego Diaz is a college sophomore studying electrical systems engineering with the hopes of one day designing microchips at a company like Intel or Samsung. But his path to employment at a tech giant has been frustratingly lengthened by his undocumented status.  Since enrolling at Arizona State University, Diaz has been forced to take two […]

Southern border apprehensions hit a record 2.4 million in fiscal 2022

BY: - October 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – Border officials encountered a record of almost 2.4 million migrants at the southern border in fiscal 2022, shattering the old record of 1.7 million set just a year earlier, according to numbers released late Friday by Customs and Border Protection. More than 572,000 of those encounters were in Arizona, with apprehensions in the […]

Ducey sues feds over shipping containers, invokes ‘invasion’ theory

BY: - October 22, 2022

On Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey fired back at federal agencies demanding the removal of his shipping containers from the Arizona-Mexico border, filing a lawsuit that says land at the border shouldn’t be under federal jurisdiction and the state has a constitutional right to take action.  The strip of land on the border, which has been […]

Lawsuit says ICE ‘severely’ limits attorney access to immigrant detainees

BY: - October 19, 2022

Lawyers for immigrant detainees at federal correctional centers in Louisiana, Texas, Florida and Arizona say the federal government is illegally preventing them from effectively communicating with their clients. Their lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that spells out the obstacles they have faced. Attorneys said their access to […]

Ducey’s migrant bus policy divides immigrant aid organizations

BY: - October 17, 2022

It’s 95 degrees in Somerton, a small town less than twenty minutes from the Arizona-Mexico border. On the town’s outskirts, migrants seeking asylum wait underneath a white tent to board a bus headed to Washington D.C. Yuriko Raez wipes a hand over her face quickly while she digs through a backpack for a t-shirt to […]

New plan for Venezuelan migrants will accept some into the U.S., send others to Mexico

BY: - October 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday night announced new guidelines for Venezuelan migrants, under which some will have a pathway to temporary residence in the United States and others who crossed the border without authorization will be sent back to Mexico. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an agreement between Mexico […]

Immigration advocates call again for DACA renewal in Congress, as possible end looms

BY: - October 11, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they remained hopeful Congress could create a legal pathway to citizenship before the end of the year for the more than 600,000 undocumented people enrolled in a program that is at risk of being deemed illegal by a lower court. Immigration rights advocates held a press call […]

Future of DACA remains unclear

BY: - October 7, 2022

There are more than 22,000 DACA recipients in Arizona, and as many as 44,000 more who could potentially qualify for the program, according to estimates from the Migration Policy Institute, but a ruling from a federal appeals court on Wednesday kept the program’s ultimate fate in limbo, and left those 44,000 hopefuls without recourse.  Wednesday […]

DACA dreamers

DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now

BY: - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has upheld a prior ruling that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful, sending the case back to a lower court that will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600,000 undocumented people. The ruling means the program remains for now and those […]