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Immigrant sanctuary movement may move to Texas

Patterned after a movement in the 1980s, a multistate effort urging churches and other places of worship to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants began this month. The effort could come to Texas, where some leaders say such shelter is already being provided.... Read more»

Az DREAMers reapplying for federal deferred-action program

In July 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that grants two-year deportation relief and work permits to those brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents at a young age. Now thousands of Arizonans face reapplying.... Read more»

CBP: 3 stolen vehicles, 123 lbs of pot seized in Douglas

Officers at Douglas Port of Entry arrest three men and seized three vehicles after secondary inspections and records checks revealed that all three were attempting to drive stolen vehicles into Mexico. On Sunday, a Tucson woman was arrested for trying to smuggle 123-pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $62,000 into the United States.... Read more»

Agents seize $255K of heroin in Nogales bust

Customs and Border Protection officers seized 18 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $255,000 on Sunday, after a Mexican national attempted to smuggle the drugs in a vehicle through the Nogales Port of Entry.... Read more»

Texas politician tells D.C. crowd prayer rugs found on border

In a speech in Washington, D.C., on Friday, outgoing Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst doubled down on claims that Muslim prayer rugs had been found on the Texas-Mexico border. His comments follow a panel discussion on border security last week where he suggested Islamic extremists might be coming into the U.S. from Mexico.... Read more»1

On the border, military gear inspires mixed reactions

A federal program that transfers surplus military equipment to local communities is drawing a mix of responses from border officials whose regions have benefited from the initiative.... Read more»

Should the U.S. pay to educate migrant kids?

Experts weigh in on the costs and benefits of welcoming undocumented kids into the US public school system.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent charged with punching detained teen

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a Mexican teenager in the stomach while he was in detainment in Nogales, Ariz., in January.... Read more»

St. Francis in the Foothills provides man sanctuary from deportation

St. Francis of the Foothills is giving refuge to a Tucson man who has had a deportation order hanging over his head for months. For nearly a year, Francisco Perez Cordova has feared leaving his home. With a formal order of deportation hanging over his head, Cordova has worried that a drive to work or the grocery store could lead to his removal from the United States, separating the married father of five from his family.... Read more»1

ACLU lawsuit challenges SB 1070′s ‘show your papers’ provision

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070’s requirement that law officers to determine whether someone is in the country illegally if they have reason to suspect it. The case involves a woman detained after a traffic stop in Pinal County.... Read more»

How one Spanish priest went gangster in Central America

El Salvador officials recorded Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez becoming way too chummy with the jailed ‘mara’ gang members he was meant to be rehabilitating. An investigation that found Rodriguez to have sought favors for gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons.... Read more»

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

Sanctuary movement in Tucson may give refuge to third immigrant

A third person may take refuge in a Tucson church if immigration officials do not accept his request for a stay of deportation on Wednesday. Francisco Perez Cordova will go into sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills on Thursday night unless authorities agreed to give him a stay of deportation and close his case.... Read more»

City Council asks feds to close sanctuary case

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to ask the White House and Homeland Security to close the deportation case against Rosa Robles Loreto, who has been in sanctuary at a Tucson church for nearly 50 days.... Read more»2

CBP chief: Southwest border focus immigrant kids, not ISIS

The head of Customs and Border Protection said there is no evidence of ISIS attempts to infiltrate the Southwest border and his agency is more focused on trying to prevent more unaccompanied minor immigrants.... Read more»

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