Immigration

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

BY: - November 15, 2021

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months, according to the U.S. Department of State. The government  is prioritizing some […]

American borders reopen to tourists, but remain closed for those seeking asylum

BY: - November 9, 2021

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Lisandro, a migrant from southern Mexico using a pseudonym to protect his […]

Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses from pandemic

BY: - November 9, 2021

NOGALES – After 19 months, this Arizona border city reopened Monday to nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal. Fully vaccinated Mexicans will be able to shop just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year, when, pre-pandemic, Nogales […]

COMMENTARY

Common-sense immigration reform is popular and will drive economic security. Congress must act quickly.

BY: and - November 2, 2021

Arizona has become one of the fastest growing states in the country and is one of only four states that shares a border with Mexico. Given its new economic muscle and its geographical location, Arizona is in a perfect position to understand the balance between border security and the mutual economic benefits of immigration. Arizona’s […]

Joe Biden Build Back Better

What’s in — and out — of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from the original $3.5 trillion proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create […]

path to citizenship

Business executives: Path to citizenship a tool to combat labor shortages

BY: - October 22, 2021

Time is running out for Senate Democrats to deliver millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship that their families and advocates nationwide have been clamoring for years, and some business leaders in Arizona are emphasizing the economic benefits of a path to legalization.  In a letter to U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, […]

Yuma mayor says surging illegal migration is stressing local services

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls told a Washington forum this week that the rise in undocumented immigration is stressing health care and the nonprofits that help migrants in his town, and he’s worried the situation will only get worse. “Right now, our Border Patrol agents and our nonprofits are doing an amazing amount of […]

ASU Police asks prosecutors to charge 4 people for Sinema bathroom protest

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Arizona State University Police Department has asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after a protest against U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema interrupted a class she was teaching and ended with an activist following her into a bathroom. ASU police, Sinema’s office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office investigated the incident, said Adam […]

Citizenship applications backlog doubles from 2015 to 2020

BY: - October 19, 2021

The backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, according to a report from a Government Accountability Office that portrays U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a strained and inefficient agency. USCIS is tasked with processing and adjudicating immigration benefits, like work visas, green cards, citizenship […]

COMMENTARY

‘Driving While Brown’ and Arizona’s ‘Latino resistance’

BY: - October 19, 2021

Every great drama has a villain and a hero. The trouble with recounting the drama surrounding Arizona’s decades-long cultural and political clashes over immigration is that there have been so many villains and heroes it’s hard to know where to start. In that case, you do what Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block did: you […]

Immigration advocates shave heads to protest failure to pass citizenship for dreamers

BY: - October 8, 2021

As plans to pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants drag on in the U.S. Senate, people who could benefit from immigration reform and advocates shaved their heads to honor a historical tradition of Korean people that symbolizes commitment and protest.  On Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., Karina Ruiz, executive director of […]

DACA leaders confronted Kyrsten Sinema on flight, at ASU to ask for her support. They got silence.

BY: - October 5, 2021

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona ignored Karina Ruiz, a local leader who advocates for immigrant communities, when the activist approached her on a flight to Washington, D.C., Monday to urge the senator to commit to passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocmented immigrants.  In a video she posted on social media, Ruiz walked […]