Immigration

ICE: Detainee at La Palma facility in Eloy tests positive for COVID-19

A 45-year-old immigrant from Guatemala detained at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first coronavirus case confirmed in an Arizona immigration detention center, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

First he called Mexicans ‘criminals,’ then he called COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus’

First he called Mexicans criminals, and we spoke out. Then he banned the Muslims, and we spoke out.

The coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re an immigrant or U.S. born

Exactly how many of us nationwide have already contracted the coronavirus or will eventually catch it no one really knows for sure. But scientists tracking its spread predict hundreds of thousands of people will likely be afflicted by COVID-19 before the pandemic runs its course.

Coronavirus halts some immigration courts, but not in Arizona

Immigration courts across the country on Wednesday postponed most hearings through April 10, but courts in Arizona conducted business as usual, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

49k new immigrants eligible to vote in 2020 elections in AZ since 2016

By the end of 2020, Arizona will have gained more than 49,000 new eligible voters who are immigrants since the 2016 presidential election, according to an analysis from the New Partnership for New Americans. 

House votes to end ban on use of consular cards as IDs

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure to end a 2011 law that prohibits state and local governments from recognizing consular identification cards. House Bill 2604, sponsored by Rep. Tony Rivero, a...

As coronavirus spreads, Trump is becoming a mortal threat to Americans

The health and even the lives of at least some Americans facing the spread of coronavirus are at greater risk today because Donald J. Trump is our president.

Ducey on sanctuary cities: We’ve done ‘all we’re going to do’

Gov. Doug Ducey signaled Monday he doesn’t support a bill that defines sanctuary cities in state law, requires compliance with immigration detainers and would allow crime victims to sue local governments that don’t comply with state immigration enforcement laws. 

AZ tribal leader decries border wall construction: ‘That area is home to our ancestors’

The chairman of the Tohono O’Odham Nation of Arizona, a tribe whose ancestral homeland spans the U.S.-Mexican border, choked back tears Wednesday as he told members of Congress about the lasting damage that the federal government has caused to the tribe’s sacred sites during construction of a border wall in Arizona.

House may vote soon on sanctuary cities bill that adds liability for ignoring ICE detainers

While immigrant-rights groups, state business leaders and non-profit organizations expect sanctuary city legislation they called “divisive and damaging” won’t advance after Gov. Doug Ducey backed down last week, a proposal allowing people to sue cities who don’t comply with requests from federal immigration officials is on track to be debated by the Arizona House of Representatives soon.  
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