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Federal appeals court scrutinizes Texas voter ID law

A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old voter ID law discriminated against minority voters.... Read more»

Johnson: Border more secure, but not 'mission accomplished time yet

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that the number of people apprehended at the border is “down considerably” from 2014, a sign that investments in border security are paying off. But Johnson said he is “not declaring mission accomplished” yet and pointed to the fiscal 2016 budget request for Customs and Border Protection, which includes funding for personnel and surveillance technology.... Read more»

Audit: ICE could save millions by filling seats on detainee flights

Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have saved up to $41.1 million on flights carrying immigrants across the U.S. and back to their home countries simply by filling up more seats on those planes, a recent audit said.... Read more»1

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

Products on display at the Border Security Expo held in Phoenix ranged from body cameras to retinal scanners for customs checkpoints to an amphibious ball carrying video equipment. Makers hope to capitalize on calls for more secure borders. ... Read more»

Carlos Slim: Arizona-Mexico relations yet to reach full potential

Carlos Slim Helu, a tycoon known as one of the world’s richest businessmen, talked international trade and gave advice to the Phoenix business community on Wednesday. In his talk, he spoke about the future of U.S.-Mexico relations, among other things. ... Read more»

Arivaca residents ask judge to allow closer observation of border checkpoint

As part of a lawsuit against the Border Patrol over claims that agents intentionally blocked an effort to monitor a Southern Arizona checkpoint, Arivaca residents have asked a federal judge to intervene. Hearing arguments Tuesday, the judge said he'll decide whether to issue an injunction soon.... Read more»

Grijalva staff holding Nogales office hours

Staffers for U.S Rep. Raul Grijalva will meet with CD 3 constituents Wednesday in Nogales, offering help with a variety of federal issues.... Read more»

Fury, tears over deferred action at Tucson immigration forum

An immigration forum turned heated Friday night as a group of protesters heckled U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva at Pima Community College. Some walked out, and one man was escorted out of the event by police.... Read more»1

Notario fraud: Preying on those who seek help with immigration paperwork

This common problem for immigrants is committed by individuals called notarios who falsely claim to have the qualifications to offer legal counsel or file paperwork related to immigration proceedings. As a result, immigrants often find out their paperwork was filed incorrectly, or not at all, after they’ve paid hefty legal fees.... Read more»

Grijalva to host immigration forum Friday

While the fate of two deferred action programs resides with a federal appeals court, Rep. Raúl Grijalva will host an immigration forum at the West Campus of Pima Community College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ... Read more»

Rolling joints: Douglas teens attempt to smuggle pot in bicycle tires

Two Douglas-area teens were arrested when Customs and Border Protection officers discovered seven pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of their bicycles as they tried to roll through a border crossing.... Read more»

House panel: ICE released 30,000 convicted criminals in 2014

House lawmakers grilled ICE Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday, saying her agency had released more than 30,000 immigrants with criminal records in 2014 while failing to act against other immigrants its officers stopped.... Read more»

Judge finds Operation Streamline protesters guilty

Twelve immigration activists were found guilty Tuesday on two charges relating to their arrests during an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants slated for the federal government's fast-track immigration court known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

Experts: Border spending 'a shot in the dark' without better data

Border agencies know all about miles of fence and officers on the ground, but such "brute force" numbers do little to show the actual success or failure of border security policy, experts said. Without that data, border spending decisions are little more than "a shot in the dark." ... Read more»1

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