Immigration

Pressure ramps up to halt Trump-era policy that expels migrants at the border

BY: - March 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats and immigration advocates are pushing the White House to end a controversial Trump-era immigration policy enacted during the pandemic that allowed U.S. officials to expel migrants and asylum seekers at the border.  “I continue to be disappointed, deeply disappointed, in the administration’s response,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York […]

Effort to punish human smugglers could end up criminalizing undocumented parents

BY: - March 11, 2022

Republican proposals seeking to criminalize anyone transporting or illegally immigrating with undocumented minors are moving unimpeded through the legislature.  A bill conflating child sex crimes and smuggling elicited outrage from Democratic legislators during a Thursday hearing, who said that packaging the two issues in one bill is misleading.   “If we’re going to talk about transporting […]

AZ advocate pushes for voting and immigration reform

BY: - March 3, 2022

As Tania Lopez marched on Wednesday towards the White House alongside faith leaders from all over the country, she thought about her privileges as an immigrant who votes.   Lopez, a Phoenix resident, traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of a gathering hosted by Faith in Action, a network of faith-based advocacy groups, to continue pressuring […]

U.S. House panel hears from DHS about problems with ‘remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

BY: - March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials outlined to House members on Wednesday problems with a Trump-era immigration policy that federal courts are forcing the agency to follow. One of the Department of Homeland Security officials, Blas Nuñez-Neto, said that the court-ordered Migrant Protection Protocols is a flawed policy program and the agency believes […]

Arizona ports of entry get at least $315 million for upgrades, expansion

BY: - February 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – Arizona is set to receive at least $315 million for improvements to three ports of entry along the Mexican border, money that officials say is badly needed to ease cross-border trade while improving border security. The funds are Arizona’s share of the $3.4 billion in federal funding that will be used at 26 […]

COMMENTARY

Brnovich’s radical and lawless border war opinion normalizes extremism and sets the stage for violence

BY: - February 14, 2022

It’s impossible to overstate just how lawless and dangerous Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich showed himself to be this month when he issued a flagrantly political legal opinion that all but dares Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a literal war and send troops to the border to engage in firefights with drug cartels, human smugglers […]

GOP guv candidates embrace Brnovich’s opinion on using troops to repel a border ‘invasion’

BY: - February 11, 2022

Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s recent opinion declaring that transnational criminal activity at the U.S.-Mexico border constituted an invasion of Arizona and that Gov. Doug Ducey has powers under the U.S. Constitution to go to war to repel it was welcome news to the leading Republican candidates vying to replace him next year.  At the request […]

Brnovich: Ducey could send troops to the border to defend the state from an ‘invasion’ of cartels, smugglers

BY: - February 7, 2022

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Gov. Doug Ducey would be on solid constitutional ground if he invoked war powers and sent the Arizona National Guard to the U.S-Mexico border to stop what he says is an “invasion” of drug cartels and criminal gangs. In a legal opinion published Monday, Brnovich wrote that the state […]

Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense

BY: - January 19, 2022

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist facing two federal charges for protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, was found not guilty by a federal judge on Wednesday. Following a short motions hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman ruled that the federal government had imposed a “substantial burden” on Ortega’s exercise of […]

Nativist Republicans call on Ducey to militarize the border to stop an ‘invasion’

BY: - January 14, 2022

A nativist former top Trump White House official on Wednesday exhorted Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border.   Ken Cuccinelli, a top United States Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration, said Ducey has the constitutional ability to direct national guardsmen to remove those crossing […]

Kyrsten Sinema filibuster

Police: Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into a bathroom to dodge activists filming her at ASU

BY: - January 12, 2022

On the morning of Oct. 3, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema gave her students in an advanced fundraising class at Arizona State University a break. She stepped out of the classroom to go move her car to another location near the downtown Phoenix campus, but instead found a group of four activists waiting to talk to her.  […]

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]