Immigration

Guardado, Garcia to lean on street experience, bring new voices to Phoenix City Council

Phoenix voters in the south, central and west sides of the city picked two outsiders to represent them on city council this week: union leader Betty Guardado for District 5, and immigrant rights activist Carlos Garcia for District 8.

Amid budget squabbles, six people became American citizens at the AZ House

While lawmakers were preparing for the marathon process of passing the state budget, six immigrants were welcomed as new U.S. citizens on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday morning.

Townsend calls out security, humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border

Rep. Kelly Townsend on Monday presented a proclamation on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives declaring a security and humanitarian crisis at the border with Mexico.

State inspectors visited six Southwest Key facilities. Here’s what they found.

A suicidal child tried to hurt themselves in Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, but 911 was never called. A child in a Glendale shelter was given antidepressant medication, but there was no medical record...

New law changes how English Language learners are taught. But what comes next?

A cacophony of voices speaking in Spanish, interspersed with laughter, fills a classroom at Rhodes Junior High School. Some students speak halting English, but on occasion they attempt to translate for students who don’t speak any.

ACLU alleges Avondale school district also has discriminatory enrollment requirements

Another Arizona school district is asking for state-issued IDs as a requirement for enrollment and potentially shutting out undocumented immigrant families from its classrooms, in violation of state and federal laws.

DHS calls for more detention beds and stricter punishment to deter border crossers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials followed the Trump administration’s lead on Wednesday, urging Congress to increase immigrant detention bed capacity and implement more “punitive consequences” for immigrants crossing the border.Before...

AZ Democrats want DHS to do more to aid in humanitarian response to migrant families

Arizona’s House Democratic delegation on Monday asked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s top leader to appoint a federal crisis coordinator to support the largely non-governmental network helping migrant families released by border and immigration officials.

Poll: Arizonans want dual-language instruction, support repeal of English-only standards

About 67 percent of respondents agree with the dual-language immersion approach to teaching English to students who don’t already speak it, while 24 percent said they would keep the current Structured English Immersion standard.

Amid refugee crisis, volunteers show what truly makes America great

There’s an army of angels in communities across the Southwest who are doing what they can to welcome the newest strangers to our strange land.
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