June border encounters top 200,000, set record of 1.74 million for year

BY: - July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – More than 1.74 million migrants had been stopped at the southwest border through June, breaking the record set through all of the last fiscal year with three months still to go in this fiscal year. The latest numbers from Customs and Border Protection show that while apprehensions fell sharply from May to June, […]

Voting advocates fear new law could disenfranchise some naturalized citizens

BY: - July 14, 2022

One of the most significant election bills this legislative session is provoking an outcry from voting advocates who say it could disenfranchise naturalized citizens and other voters by canceling their registrations. It was quietly signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this month, even though the governor had previously vetoed a similar bill. At […]

Campaign kicks off for Prop. 308 to guarantee in-state tuition for undocumented high school grads

BY: - July 8, 2022

A broad-based group of political, business and immigration leaders rallied Wednesday to drum up support for Proposition 308, the ballot initiative that would guarantee in-state tuition for any Arizona high school graduate, regardless of citizenship status. With an estimated 2,000 undocumented students graduating from Arizona high schools every year, backers of the “Yes on 308” campaign said […]

Brnovich, lagging in the polls, begs Ducey to declare an ‘invasion’ to militarize the border

BY: - July 7, 2022

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking Gov. Doug Ducey to declare an “invasion” at the state’s southern border to invoke war powers and send the state’s National Guard troops to fight cartels and human smugglers, an idea that rests on a legal theory constitutional scholars say is “destructive and radical.” Brnovich’s letter to Ducey […]

New Museum of the American Latino has first exhibit in Smithsonian space

BY: - July 6, 2022

WASHINGTON – The dusty backpack and sneakers left in the Sonoran Desert by a migrant are displayed right between the multicolored graduation stole and the stylized “tree of life” adorned with images of historic Latino figures. It’s a lot to pack into one exhibit. But “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States” has a big […]

Problems remain for We Build the Wall group after founder’s guilty plea

BY: and - May 2, 2022

Brian Kolfage arrived in Texas three years ago pledging to help fulfill President Donald Trump’s promise of a “big, beautiful” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. After pleading guilty to federal fraud charges last month, Kolfage leaves behind two small stretches of fencing that are mired in legal, environmental and permitting fights. Kolfage, a 40-year-old Air […]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

BY: - April 25, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays told Republican state attorneys general and the federal government that he planned to grant the Republicans’ request for a temporary […]

‘We Build the Wall’ leaders to plead guilty for defrauding donors

BY: - April 22, 2022

Two men who worked with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon are expected to plead guilty in federal court for charges that they conned millions of dollars from donors who thought they were funding construction of a wall along the southern border.  Instead, the money was used for luxury purchases, including a boat, jewelry, a high-end […]

Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act signed into law, expanding program

BY: - April 21, 2022

A new federal law aims to improve recruitment and expand operations for the Shadow Wolves, the country’s only Native American tracking unit based on the Tohono O’odham Nation. The Shadow Wolves are an elite unit within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that operates on the Tohono O’odham Nation, which shares 62-miles of the Mexican border.  […]

Border numbers hit highest level in 20 years, as end of Title 42 looms

BY: - April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – Border officials apprehended the most migrants at the southern border in at least 22 years last month, presenting a new challenge for the Biden administration’s plan to end enforcement of Title 42 just weeks from now. The 221,303 migrants stopped in March brought the total for the first half of fiscal 2022 to more than […]

Migrants wait at the border while U.S. battles over lifting COVID-19 ban on processing asylum applications

BY: - April 18, 2022

NOGALES, Sonora, Mexico – Rosario, 24, married as a teen, had two children and raised them while her husband worked. It took him eight years to earn enough money to furnish their home in the southern Mexican state of Michoacán. But it was a nice home. They fulfilled their dream. Then warring cartels forced them […]

New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

BY: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the […]