NAU runner sets record for Guatemala, finishes 12th in Olympic final
Luis Grijalva, the Northern Arizona University long-distance runner who almost could not travel to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo because he lacks an immigration status in the U.S., is now a record-setting Olympian. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Luis Miguel Grijalva (@luisgrijalva_) Grijalva left Guatemala when he […]
Groups call on border counties to reject Ducey’s call for outside law enforcement
A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Kino Border Initiative, […]
NAU cross-country runner with DACA cleared to travel to the Olympics
A Northern Arizona University track and field athlete who has no immigration status succeeded at securing a special permission from the federal government on Monday to travel to compete in the Olympics Games in Tokyo and return to the U.S. Luis Miguel Grijalva, who was brought to the U.S. when he was an infant, was […]
U.S. extends temporary protection status for Somali immigrants
The Department of Homeland Security has extended temporary protections for Somali migrants, allowing them to apply for Temporary Protected Status through March 2023. TPS is a benefit that grants a work permit and temporary protection from deportation to immigrants living in the U.S. who are from countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict. According […]
GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers defends her promotion of racist ‘great replacement’ ideology
After a media report highlighting her use of language mirroring a racist conspiracy theory that was cited by white supremacist mass shooters, Flagstaff Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers doubled- and tripled-down on her assertion that immigrants are “replacing” white Americans and destroying “western civilization.” Rogers on Saturday retweeted an article by far-right outlet Breitbart Texas […]
A Texas judge blocked DACA protections, ramping up pressure for congressional action
A Texas judge on Friday blocked the federal government from granting temporary work permits and deferral from deportation to first-time applicants to the Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals program.
Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police
A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several police officers.
Feds slow to process new DACA applications, creating 55k case backlog
The federal government has been slow to approve thousands of applications it received this year for people who had been blocked from protections granted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for more than two years.
Activists tell Sinema to ‘put people over politics’ and call on end to filibuster
Community organizations rallied on Tuesday outside of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office to pressure the once staunchly progressive lawmaker to end the filibuster to allow landmark election and immigration reform to pass with a simple majority. Phoenix police responded to the rally near Camelback Road and 33rd Street and ordered everyone — including members of […]
DACA recipients, families and advocates will push for permanent immigration status
Local and national immigrant rights groups made a promise to mark the 9th anniversary of the federal program benefiting thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country as children: Those young people who benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals won’t be celebrating the program’s 10th anniversary.
DPS: State trooper wrong to say he ‘smelled’ undocumented migrants
When the Arizona Department of Public Safety said it an April 16 press release that a trooper “observed 17 undocumented aliens” in a white van he had stopped on a highway, what was most notable to the state trooper was the stench of the men.
Biden’s approach to immigration a welcome change, but still fundamentally flawed
Vice President Kamala Harris’s whirlwind swing recently through Guatemala and Mexico will do little to quell concerns in the short run about the latest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our southern border, but it’s as good an occasion as any to take a measure of President Joe Biden’s emerging immigration doctrine.