Immigration

NYT: Southwest Key execs “possibly engaged in self-dealing”

BY: - December 3, 2018

The New York Times this weekend profiled Southwest Key founder Juan Sanchez and the organization he’s built. Southwest Key, a nonprofit, is the nation’s largest operator of shelters for immigrant children and has received $1.7 billion in federal contracts over the past decade.

Rep. Stringer loses chairmanship after saying blacks, others ‘don’t blend in’ to America

BY: - November 30, 2018

Incoming House Speaker Rusty Bowers has removed Rep. David Stringer as chair of the new Sentencing and Recidivism Reform Committee after a series of racist remarks he made to college students were reported by a media outlet. Bowers on Friday said he asked Stringer, R-Prescott, to step down as chair of the committee, and Stringer […]

Phoenix area churches have received nearly 5,000 migrant families since October

BY: - November 30, 2018

A church gymnasium in Mesa was the space where more than 100 asylum-seeking men, women and children from Guatemala and Honduras arrived Wednesday evening after spending several days in federal custody.

MCSO: Employee at closed Southwest Key shelter dragged girl by the leg

BY: - November 27, 2018

An allegation of child abuse at a West Valley Southwest Key facility involved an employee who dragged a girl by her leg to her to bed, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained by the Arizona Mirror. The federal government suspended operations at that shelter the day after MCSO responded to the […]

When asylum-seekers are turned away at border, migrants are more vulnerable

BY: - November 27, 2018

A report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General in late September pointed to a likely unintended consequence of turning back asylum-seekers at ports of entry, which is happening now in Tijuana.

‘Birther’ case against new legislator tossed out of court

BY: - November 14, 2018

A judge ruled Wednesday there’s no legal basis to the claim that representative-elect Raquel Terán is unfit to serve in the Arizona Legislature because she is not a U.S. citizen.

Raquel Terán press conference

‘An ugly tactic’: Lawsuit questions citizenship of future Latina lawmaker

BY: - November 9, 2018

Alice Novoa, a resident of a small community near Douglas, filed the lawsuit with Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 5. Novoa presented no evidence that Raquel Terán is not an American citizen in her lawsuit.

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More migrant families are showing up on the border

BY: - November 1, 2018

More adults are choosing to migrate with their children to the U.S., data from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol shows. Fiscal year 2018 hit a record in number of family members arrested by Border Patrol at 107,212, the highest figure since at least 2012.

COMMENTARY

Ducey’s border security whopper

BY: - October 30, 2018

No one would ever confuse Doug Ducey with Donald Trump on the campaign trail, but when the governor talks about immigration issues, he has a downright Trumpian claim that he goes to time and again.

Where McSally, Sinema stand on detention of migrant families

BY: - October 29, 2018

Critics call them baby jails. To U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence, they’re more like a summer camp.

Southwest Key to freeze placement of migrant children in AZ shelters, close 2 locations

BY: - October 24, 2018

Southwest Key will stop accepting new migrant minors at all of its child-care facilities in Arizona and will shut down two of its 13 shelters in the state, according to the terms of a settlement reached between the company and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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AZ GOP lawmakers targeted by Dem group for ‘extremist ties’

BY: - October 23, 2018

The Huffington Post yesterday reported on how D.C.-based groups that help elect Republicans to state legislatures across the country are silent when GOP lawmakers voice racist views and embrace extremist groups. Among them are two Arizona legislators. HuffPo singled out Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, and Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, for their ties to radical […]